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    Noli De Castro withdraws senatorial bid; will he return to TV Patrol?

    MANILA, Philippines – Veteran broadcaster Noli De Castro on Wednesday, October 13, issued statement that he will withdraw his decision to run for the senatorial race in the 2022 elections.

    De Castro said he went through further reflection and realized he would rather be the "voice" of the people rather than run to become a senator.

    Noli De Castro has backed out of the senatorial race
    Noli De Castro has backed out of the senatorial race | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN

    "Isinumite ko ang aking kandidatura sa Comelec noong Biyernes. Ngunit nagkaroon ng pagbabago ang aking plano," he said.

    "Nais kong iparating sa lahat ng aking mga kaibigan at supporters na naghahanda na sanang tumulong sa akin, na nagpasiya akong hindi na ituloy ang aking kandidatura," De Castro added.

    According to De Castro, his change of heart was made after he prayed to Black Nazarene. He realized that he would continue his public service as a broadcaster.

    "Kasabay ng pagdarasal sa Poong Nazareno, napag-isip-isip kong mas makatutulong ako sa pagbibigay ng boses sa ating mga kababayan sa pamamagitan ng pamamahayag," he said.

    De Castro earlier filed his candidacy under the Aksyon Demokratiko, led by presidential aspirant Manila mayor Isko Moreno.

    In a statement, Moreno said he respects De Castro's decision and revealed that even when they were still offering the senatorial bid to him, the broadcaster asked for more time to consider.

    "Vice Pres. Noli has personal reasons for giving up his senatorial run, which we respect. In truth, when my team was convincing him to run once more for the Senate, he contemplated it for a long time," Moreno said.

    Moreno and their party wished De Castro well in his chosen path.

    "We respect his decision to forego his re-entry into national politics, and wish him well because we know that he will continue to have the best interests of our people, as the Pambansang Kabayan, in his heart," he added.

    Last Thursday, De Castro bid farewell to TV Patrol saying he will return to politics. "Masakit mang magpaalam sa programang minahal ko at naging buhay ko, at sa mahabang samahan sa mga Kapamilya sa ABS-CBN, ako'y humaharap sa mga hamon sa panibagong yugto sa aking buhay," he earlier said.

    Following De Castro's resignation from ABS-CBN, TV Patrol welcomed Karen Davila's return as one of the anchors. ABS-CBN's news flagship program is now composed of Henry Omaga-Diaz and Bernadette Sembrano-Aguinaldo and Davila.

    Will Kabayan return to TV Patrol?

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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