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Ex-model Nikki Teodoro to quit politics

Posted at | Updated as of 12/02/09 9:21 AM

MANILA -Tarlac 1st district Rep. Monica Louise "Nikki" Prieto-Teodoro on Tuesday said she will quit politics to support her husband's bid for the presidency.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Prieto-Teodoro said she will no longer seek re-election as congresswoman in 2010.

Her husband, Gilberto Teodoro Jr., is the standard-bearer of the administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

"I didn't sacrifice. I left my legacy in Congress already. It's Gilbert's turn to make a difference," Prieto-Teodoro told ABS-CBN News.

Prieto-Teodoro accompanied her husband as he filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections on December 1 (Tuesday).

The congresswoman, who will become First Lady if her husband wins as president, currently heads the House Committee for Welfare of Children.

She has filed several bills for the protection of children, including the Anti-Child Pornography Act and the Anti-Corporal Punishment Act.

Prieto-Teodoro, a former commercial model and part of the affluent Roces clan, was elected to Congress in 2007. She ran against her cousin-in-law China Cojuangco.

She replaced her husband Gilbert, who was Tarlac 1st District representative from 1998 to 2007, reportedly so that his infrastructure-heavy projects will not go to waste. Report by Karen Davila, ABS-CBN News.