Outgoing Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista bid an emotion-filled farewell to hundreds of his constituents Friday afternoon at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
"Lumuluhod po ako sa pasasalamat. Hindi ko kayo makakalimutan dahil kayo ay naging malaking parte ng aking buhay. Magkasama na tayo hindi bilang mayor kundi bilang kaibigan," said the 51-year-old Bautista who kissed the Philippine and Quezon City flags as he left the stage.
He also recalled highlights of his three-decade political career starting as a kagawad and youth representative in 1989.
"Politics is just a phase of ljfe, but true friends will always be friends," he said.
Bautista said he is excited to be a private citizen, as a father, brother and uncle — but hopefully not as a grandfather yet.
He also called on everyone in the city to support incoming mayor Joy Belmonte. "Magkaisa tayo sa hangarin at gawa. A divided city will not prosper," he said.
Bautista proudly announced in his farewell speech that he is leaving the city government with an income of P19.914 billion, and cash on hand and in bank as well as investments totaling P26.274 billion.
But he also apologized to public school teachers who waited for delayed allowances.
The former child star, who rose to become one of the most successful actor-politicians of the country, said he is not planning on another shot at politics.
Bautista also refused to answer speculation of a supposed pending presidential appointment.