27 April 2022 | PRESS STATEMENT
MARCOLETA WITHDRAWS FROM SENATE RACE
After a grueling 4-month campaign sorties in several parts of the country, where he spoke before large crowds of Uniteam and PDP-Laban rallies, Deputy Speaker Dante Marcoleta decided to drop his senatorial bid for the May 9, 2022 polls.
Citing poor showing in running surveys conducted by various pollsters, Marcoleta said that “the fighter in me should also be brave enough to read the writings on the wall. Let’s call a spade a spade.”
Marcoleta thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for encouraging him to run for senator, for his trust, and for his positive and generous endorsements, together with the efforts of PDP-Laban and the People’s Reform Party who also adopted him lately as its senatorial candidate. He also thanked the Uniteam for including him in its senatorial slate and for the enriching experience of speaking before multitudes who defied heat and pouring rains in some rallies.
“I will be indebted forever to several people who chipped in their resources, time and tons of hardwork into my memorable campaign. I thank the hundreds of parallel support groups and thousand 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 also clarified that his withdrawal will not deter him from his all-out and continuing support for the BBM-Sara tandem, and for all the senators in the Uniteam and PDP-Laban slates. “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”, Marcoleta concludes. ###