MANILA, Philippines – House Deputy Speaker Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III will not run in the 2013 senatorial election, even as an independent.
In a statement posted on his Facebook account, Tañada confirmed President Aquino’s earlier statement he had sacrificed himself to allow the President a “free hand” in choosing who should be included in the administration ticket.
“After serious reflection and consultation with my family, friends and supporters, I have decided NOT to pursue my Senate bid even as an independent candidate,” he said.
Tañada confirmed receiving invitations from the United Nationalist Alliance and the Makabayan Coalition to join their senate tickets. He thanked Vice-President Jejomar Binay, former President Joseph Estrada and Makabayan but said he is declining.
“As a true believer that we must persist in having consistent political parties as part of our national building effort and as an advocate for political party and campaign reform, I had respectfully declined their invitation,” he said.
Tañada was earlier eyed as a possible inclusion in the LP’s senatorial line-up. However, he only ranked 26-35 in the recent Pulse Asia survey from a field of 36 possible senatorial bets.
Tañada is on his last term as congressman of Quezon’s 4th District.
In his statement, Tañada thanked friends in the LP, Kaya Natin Movement, Congress and the Executive Branch for publicly endorsing his bid. He particularly mentioned Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Rep. Teddy Baguilat and Rep. Neri Colminares.
“I want to assure everyone that I will remain a most willing partner in pushing for people’s issues and I commit to continue serving the people in whatever capacity in the future. Together, we can continue to dream and share our dreams for a sustained brighter future for this nation,” he said.