Noli de Castro leaves ABS-CBN in bid to return to politics

Noli de Castro leaves ABS-CBN in bid to return to politics
Noli De Castro is seen in TV Patrol moments before ABS-CBN went off air on May 5, 2020.
ABS-CBN News via YouTube, screen grab

MANILA, Philippines — News anchor Noli de Castro on Thursday announced that he was leaving ABS-CBN as he seeks a political comeback in the 2022 elections.

“This is my last day in Teleradyo,” De Castro said in Filipino during his morning program “Kabayan.”

He made the announcement ahead of his oath-taking as a member of Aksyon Demokratiko, the political party that recently elected Manila City mayor and presidential aspirant Isko Moreno as its president.

De Castro did not say which post he is seeking in next year’s polls, but ABS-CBN said the former vice president is eyeing a seat in Senate.

“Ako’y makikipagsapalaran sa bagong uri ng panunungkulan o public service pero tuloy tuloy ang ating public service. Pero itong pagkakataon na ito mas magiging malawak na po ang isasagawa kong public service kung susuwertihin sa tulong na rin ninyo,” he said.

(I will take a chance in a new form of public service but my service will continue. This time, it will broader, if I’m given a chance and through your help.)

De Castro previously topped the 2001 senatorial race, garnering 16.1 million votes. But he did not finish his six-year term after he was elected vice president in 2004.

During his term, he was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the chairman of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. 

De Castro returned to broadcasting after his vice presidential stint ended in 2010. He served as the anchor ABS-CBN's prime time newscast "TV Patrol" and hosted a morning radio program. — Gaea Katreena Cabico


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Follow this thread for updates on the aspirants for local and national posts in the May 2022 elections. — Main photo by The STAR/Boy Santos

May 2, 2022 - 12:03pm

Former senator Bongbong Marcos, with 56%, maintains his lead in the Pulse Asia pre-election survey conducted from April 16 to 21.

Vice President Leni Robredo ranks second with 23% followed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 7%.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno ranks fourth with 4% and Sen. Ping Lacson is in fifth place with 2%.

February 13, 2022 - 4:12pm

The latest Pulse Asia pre-election survey shows that former senator Bongbong Marcos remains the top choice of 60% of Filipinos for president.

Vice President Leni Robredo ranks second with 16%, followed by boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno with 8% each.

Sen. Ping Lacson is in the fifth place with 4%. The poll was conducted from January 19 to 24 using face-to-face interviews.

February 8, 2022 - 8:27am

Larry Gadon, a candidate for senator, is accused of violating Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act after he was seen in a viral video cursing at a journalist, according to a report by ABS-CBN.

The complaints, which include libel and cyberlibel charges, were filed by freelance investigative journalist Raissa Robles. Gadon had accused her of spreading fake news in a separate video.

The Supreme Court last month suspended Gadon for profanities he hurled at Robles in the earlier video.

January 30, 2022 - 11:26am

Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan will hold their proclamation rally in Naga City, Camarines Sur on February 8, campaign manager Erin Tanada says.

Tanada adds that the opposition camp will also hold proclamation rallies in different areas in Bicol region on from February 8 to 9.

All 12 senatorial bets endorsed by Robredo are also invited to the event.

January 29, 2022 - 10:18am

Makabayan coalition holds press briefing on their endorsement of the tandem of Vice President Leni Robredo and Sen. Kiko Pangilinan. — Xave Gregorio

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