Bautista will go for reelection

QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista said Friday he is backing out of the senatorial race next year because of his family’s disapproval and his constituents’ calls urging him to seek reelection.

“It was all decided upon that I should go for reelection. I am running for Mayor of Quezon City,” Bautista told the ANC news channel.

“It’s the Quezon City residents who actually want me to seek reelection. It’s like I would be abandoning them [if I ran for the Senate],” Bautista said.

He confirmed in another interview that he raised the idea of running for the Senate with President Benigno Aquino III.                

“I had an audience with the President last December and I intimated if I could be drafted as part of the Senatorial ticket of the LP, and he replied that I would be considered.”

LP standard bearer Manuel Roxas II welcomed Bautista’s decision.

“If the family is the reason, that would be very hard of course,” Roxas said.

“It would be very hard to enter a battle if your family is not whole or not united with the decision.”

Roxas and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the LP’s vice presidential candidate, welcomed the party’s new members during their oathtaking at the party’s headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City.

Those who were sworn in included outgoing Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, who is running for the Senate.

In a statement sent to reporters Thursday night, the Liberal Party said it would be moving its supposed announcement of its senatorial lineup to Oct. 15 from Oct. 9.

Roxas said the LP and Pacquiao were talking about the boxing champion’s possible run for the Senate.

The people included in the LP’s senatorial slate are Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senators Teofisto Guingona III and Ralph Recto, former Agriculture Secretary Francis Pangilinan, De Lima, TESDA chief Joel Villanueva, former Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla, PhilHeath Director and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, and TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid.

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