Lito Lapid seeks Senate return

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 15 2018 12:38 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2018 01:08 PM

MANILA - Actor-turned-politician Lito Lapid officially marked his bid for a political comeback Monday after filing his certificate of candidacy for a Senate seat in next year's midterm election.

Lapid, formerly with the Lakas-Kampi party, is now running under the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) party.

He placed 10th in Pulse Asia's September survey on preferred senatorial candidates for next year's polls.

Lapid served as senator for 2 consecutive terms: from 2004 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2016.

In the 14th Congress, Lapid authored the Free Legal Assistance Act, passed into law as RA No. 9999, which seeks to ensure that the poor may be afforded free quality legal services.

He was also the author of the Biometrics Law or Senate Bill No. 1030 in 2010, requiring mandatory biometrics registration for all registered voters.

His proposed legislation was approved by President Benigno Aquino III in 2013 as Republic Act 10367.

Lapid was also one of the authors of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act, signed into law as RA 10645 in 2014.

There were also some bills he proposed that caught the attention of the public like limiting the weight of school bags being carried by pupils and prohibiting the use of staple wires on food item packaging.

In 2016, the Sandiganbayan dismissed the graft case against Lapid in connection with the fertilizer fund scam.

The case stemmed from the allegedly irregular and overpriced purchase of P4.7 million worth of fertilizer in 2004.

After ending his last term in Senate, Lapid sought a local position by running as mayor of Angeles City in Pampanga. He lost to Edgardo Pamintuan.

Lapid was a former governor and vice governor of Pampanga. His son Mark will run for mayor in Porac, Pampanga in the midterm polls. Mark served as governor of Pampanga from 2004 to 2007.