MANILA - Former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said it is time to move on from politics.
After losing in the May 13 polls, Zubiri said: “And after a long and challenging campaign, one rocked with limited resources and at times, the survival of constant mudslinging, which is part of the political exercise, the people have spoken and the votes have been counted and it seems fate is pointing me to another direction.”
He said he has no regrets in his 13 years in public service. He said it was an honor to serve the country.
He said he will do his part, nonetheless, to heal the divisions.
“Now, it is time to move on. It is with great pride that I return to private life as a civilian, knowing what I have done, and that I have given everything I can to help our beloved country. I will continue to support and do my part to help heal the divisions of this nation and continue to work and pray for the success of our leaders.”
He thanked all those who supported his candidacy, especially “my region mates in Northern Mindanao and Bukidnon who voted me number one for the second time around.”
He also thanked Vice President Jejomar Binay and the United Nationalist Alliance “for believing in me when others would not.”
“Last but not the least, I would like to thank my supporters and campaigners who sacrificed for the dreams we believed in. Let not my loss be the end of our dreams, but the inspiration to keep the fire in your hearts burning,” he said.