Former VPs Jejomar Binay, Noli de Castro to run as senator

Former vice presidents Jejomar “Jojo” Binay and Noli de Castro will return to the campaign to run for senator in Election 2022.

On Thursday, Binay filed his certificate of candidacy to run for senator under his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party.

“We learned during this pandemic how the people have been deeply neglected. We need to fix this,” said Binay.

He said the next administration should prioritize finding jobs for the four million people who lost their jobs, more than three million families experienced hunger, and thousands of small businesses closed down due to the pandemic.

“Looking forward, we should work to rebuild our economy in a way that puts priority on creating stable jobs. We should reform our care system. And the safety, welfare, and -being of the people should always be our foremost concern,” he said.

“I have been in public service for more than 30 years. This is what I will offer to our people,” he added.

Binay became vice during the leadership of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

In the 2016 elections, Binay ran for president but lost to then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Former VPs Jejomar Binay, Noli de Castro to run as senator

He ran as Makati congressman in 2019 but also failed.

Meanwhile, former VP Noli de Castro joined Manila Moreno’s Aksyon Demokratiko party in preparation for the senatorial race.

“Former Vice President and broadcaster Noli de Castro has joined Manila Moreno Domagoso’s Aksyon Demokratiko party,” said Moreno in Facebook.

“The 72-year-old broadcaster, who announced his departure from ABS-CBN this morning, is set to run in next year’s senatorial race,” he added.

De Castro served as vice president under the leadership of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Meanwhile, former Speaker and Taguig Representative Alan Peter Cayetano plans to return to the Senate when he runs in the May 2022 national elections.

In a news conference on Thursday in Taguig City, Cayetano abandoned his first plan to run for president in the upcoming elections.

“I’ll run as an independent and then I will reach out to them and show them the five-year plan, ask them to improve it, ‘yung pumansin I will consider them, ‘yung hindi pumansin I will just wave na lang sa kanila,” he explained.

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