Former Vice President and broadcast journalist Noli de Castro is no longer running for a Senate seat in next year’s elections.
In an official statement posted on the Facebook page of his daughter, PTV4 General Manager Kat de Castro on Wednesday, he said he can continue helping giving a voice to ordinary Filipinos through broadcast journalism that he has done for decades.
“But I had change of plans. I would like to inform all my friends and supporters who have been preparing to help me that I decided not to continue with my candidacy,” de Castro’s statement in Filipino read.
De Castro filed his certificate of candidacy for senator under Manila Mayor and presidential aspirant Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso’s Aksyon Demokratiko party on the last day of filing on October 8.
With the decision to withdraw his Senate bid, he however assured that his intention for the country has not changed.
“As I pray to the Black Nazarene, I realized that I can be of more help to our countrymen through broadcasting,” he said in Filipino.
His daughter, Kat, assured that his father is in good health, saying there is nothing to worry about.
“He has personal reasons for withdrawing his candidacy. He’s now spending time with family, most especially with his grandchildren. What’s his next move? No plans yet. He will just rest,” she said.
In a statement, the Aksyon Demokratiko party expressed sadness over de Castro’s withdrawal from the race but respected his decision.
Ernest Ramel, the party’s chairperson, said de Castro remains to be a member of the party.
Meantime, Domagoso’s chief of staff, Cesar Chavez also confirmed his resignation from the camp and announced his decision to go back to radio broadcasting.
He said the Manila Broadcasting Company management offered him a position as early as March this year and that he had informed Domagoso about his intention to accept the job.
“Thank you Mayor for the understanding, and the chance to work in Manila. There are so many hardworking and honest people working at the city hall. Thank you,” Chavez’s post in Filipino read.