by Ma. Althea Teves, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak | 11/29/2009 12:01 PM
MANILA – Another presidential aspirant is no longer running in the May 2010 elections.
Former Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes “Jun” Ebdane announced on Sunday that he has decided not to run for president.
Ebdane, a close ally of President Gloria Arroyo, was supposed to run under a small labor party, Lapiang Manggagawa (LM).
Attendees and supporters of his political party, Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka, were both shocked and in tears when he said he is ending his career in government.
“Ngayon lang ako sasabak sa politika, marami akong natutunan maganda at mahirap,” said Ebdane who has served both the police and government for over 40 years without an elective position.
“Malawak ang grupong tumulong at nainiwala sa platapormang hinahain ng partido. But in politics, a lot has happened in less than a month,” he said.
It was understood in his supposed proclamation speech that various groups who initially supported his presidential bid retracted their support.
Lack of funds
In a press statement issued after the proclamation rally, Ebdane said that he is sad that lack of funds could inhibit a viable candidate like himself to run for the highest post in the country.
Ebdane has not come up in any of the presidential surveys despite a series of political advertisements highlighting his work as public works chief.
Sen. Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero earlier backed out of the presidential race.
Political plans after 2010
Political analyst Bobby Tuazon said that maybe Ebdane initially ran for president in order to negotiate running for other local and lower national positions after 2010.
But Ebdane said that he has no plans to run for any public post but instead will continue to serve the country by pushing for the better welfare of all Filipinos especially wage workers and farmers.
He also plans to extend the LM party's membership all over the country.
as of 11/29/2009 1:10 PM