MANILA - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando on Friday said he has left the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party and criticized it for saying he was being considered for its senatorial slate.
"I have not been given prior notice by the party nor have I expressed interest in joining their list of senatorial candidates. I am running for president; it is not my aspiration to become a senator," Fernando said in a statement.
He said the party, which he has been a member of since 1992, is just trying to deceive the public.
"Hindi maganda na pinapalabas nilang tatakbo akong senador sa kanilang partido kasi panloloko iyon. Nililito nila ang publiko," Fernando said.
He said he no longer believes in the Lakas-Kampi-CMD and considers himself already resigned from the ruling party.
"I am deemed resigned as soon as I have filed my certificate of candidacy," said Fernando.
He earlier said he is planning to run for president as an independent.
Fernando severed his ties with the party after it chose Gilbert Teodoro as its standard-bearer.
The official said the ruling party is already "melting" due to its leaders' defections to the Liberal Party (LP) and the Nacionalista Party (NP).