TESDA's Villanueva won't run in 2013

By Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 24 2012 12:10 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2012 01:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - TESDA chief Joel Villanueva announced Monday that he will not be running for any position in the 2013 midterm elections, including the Senate.

Villanueva said he met with President Benigno Aquino III last Friday where they both agreed that he will just stay as head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

The TESDA chief said his low ranking in pre-election surveys was not mentioned during the meeting. He said the President intimated that he might transfer him to another agency.

"The President was very articulate in giving me the present scenario and requesting me to remain in the Cabinet so I can continue helping him in accomplishing reforms and programs," he told ANC.

Earlier reports said Villanueva might be moved to either the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Department of Energy, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, or the National Food Authority. 

Villanueva, however, said he has not been offered a position in any of these agencies, and that he prefers to still stay in TESDA as he has grown to love the agency. 

He admitted he is a bit saddened about not running for senator but said he trusts the President and respects his decision.

The TESDA chief also remained non-committal about running in 2016, saying so many things can still happen.