MANILA, Philippines - Former Vice-President Noli “Kabayan” de Castro will return to full-time radio broadcasting starting on Monday.
In a statement, ABS-CBN announced that de Castro will return to his "first love" via a 2-hour morning program, “Kabayan: Kapangyarihan ng Mamamayan, Balita at Talakayan” on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Ch. 26).
“Broadcasting is my first and one true love. This is what I love to do and I’m very excited about how people will accept me,” de Castro said.
De Castro served in government for 9 years, three years as senator (2001 to 2004) and 6 years as vice-president (2004-2010) under the Arroyo administration.
He opted not to run for president in the May 2010 elections due to lack of funds.
"De Castro is looking forward to fire up mornings once again with the day’s biggest news and to deliver assistance to Filipinos in need from Monday to Friday, 5am to 7am," ABS-CBN said its press release sent out on Wednesday.
With de Castro's addition, ABS-CBN said DZMM's morning bloc will be further strengthened. This set of shows includes “Tambalang Failon at Sanchez” with Ted Failon and Pinky Webb, and “Dos Por Dos” with Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja.
DZMM is celebrating its 24th year this month. It recently recently bagged the Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Award for Radio Station of the Year.
“DZMM will only give the best and the first when it comes to both news and in public service. We proved this true once again with Kabayan’s return and DZMM TeleRadyo’s expansion abroad," said ABS-CBN head for Manila Radio Division and Sports Peter Musngi.