This may be the last time voters will ever see former broadcaster Loren Legarda run for public office.
“This will be my last term as a senator. As of now, I don’t think I’m going to run (for) local (position). And I already said I’m not running for higher office,” Legarda said.
“But I will not go easy in my campaign,” she promised.
Legarda, who topped the latest Pulse Asia’s senatorial survey, admitted she has no plans on what she would do should she be given the chance to finish her third and final term as a senator in 2019. In 2004, Legarda lost the Vice President post to fellow broadcaster Noli de Castro.
Receiving 67.3 percent from Filipinos in a Pulse survey conducted on August 31 to September 7, she said she would rather plan a meaningful reelection bid for 2013.
Known for her strong environmental advocacies, Legarda revealed her plans to give away seedlings to media practitioners, who will cover her filing of Certificate of Candidacy, tentatively set on October 1.
“I would also want to plant a tree because it’s symbolic for me. I want to mount my last senatorial campaign and make it ‘green’ so that it’s meaningful and sustainable,” Legarda explained.
For 2013, Legarda will run under the United Nationalist Alliance. But she clarified this does not diminish her support for the “partnership agreement” existing between her political party, Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), and President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s Liberal Party (LP).
Legarda, who has been with NPC since 2007, vowed to support NPC’s reform programs and good governance policies with Aquino administration while being UNA for the campaign.
Apart from Legarda, 2013 candidates under UNA
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Quezon province at around 7 p.m. Wednesday, with shocks felt in many cities in Metro Manila. …