SAGIP Partylist Representative House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta has withdrawn his senatorial candidacy due to “poor” ranking in electoral surveys ahead of the 2022 national and local polls on May 9, 2022.
“The fighter in me should also be brave enough to read the writings on the wall. Let's call a spade a spade,” he said in a statement on Wednesday, April 27.
Marcoleta expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte who trusted and encouraged him to run for senator.
He also thanked the UniTeam of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for their confidence to adopt him as one of their senatorial candidates.
Marcoleta vowed to continuously support the tandem, as well as all the candidates of the UniTeam and PDP-Laban.
“I will be indebted forever to several people who chipped in their resources, time and tons of hard work into my memorable campaign. I thank the hundreds of parallel support groups and thousands of volunteers who believed in my advocacies and the measures that must be pursued for the common good. I just hope that they will all be so kind and accommodating enough to understand,” he said.
“The BBM-Sara tandem exemplifies the politics of unity and working together, despite the divergent political persuasions, for the sake of the motherland-an element that is conspicuously absent in other teams,” he added.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner George Garcia said the en banc accepted and approved Marcoleta’s withdrawal.
He said votes to be cast to Marcoleta on May 9 will be considered stray and will not be counted.
Marcoleta was one of the 70 House lawmakers who voted for the cancellation of the franchise of TV network giant ABS-CBN that resulted in job loss to hundreds of employees. (SunStar Philippines)