Joed Serrano Withdraws Candidacy for Senatorial Race in 2022 Elections
JOED SERRANO – Actor and producer has withdrawn his candidacy for the senatorial race in the upcoming May 2022 elections.
Joed claims that he is withdrawing his candidacy because he is unable to raise the requisite campaign budget of P800 million for his candidacy. His campaign aspires to be a voice for the LGBTQIA+ community’s well-being.
According to his Facebook post, “Di ko kayang mangako nangg di totoo para lang makapuntos ng palakpak at papuri sa mga taong umaasa at naniniwala pero after ng election nganga kasi nabola sila! Ayokong baguhin ang sarili ko para lang maging pulitiko! I will just continue to be a happy person & to be happy for all!”
Joed was one of the showbiz personalities that submitted their Certificate of Candidacy (COC) to the Comelec in October. In his acceptance speech, he stated that he was running “to pay attention to, value, and promote the equality” of his fellow members.
“Ako po si Joed Serrano, tumatakbo bilang senador. And I guess, I’ll be the first aspirant candidate to be very vocal na ako po ay isang bakla,” he said.
He further emphasized that several politicians, including presidential candidate Manny Pacquiao, have referred to their group as “worse than animals.” Joed stated that he is withdrawing from the race because he does not want to deceive his fellow LGBT members, similar to other politicians who are fresh mouthed during the campaign but fail in office.
“Hindi kaya ng aking kalooban ang laro ng pulitika kung saan ang mga tao ay sanay magbitaw ng mga pangako na sa huli ay napapako lamang. Ayokong baguhin ang sarili ko at sa huli ay tawagin lang mambobola,” the producer said.
Because of the high cost of campaigning, Joed knew that running without a party would be tough. This does not, however, imply that he will cease to serve in the public sector, particularly for the benefit of the LGBTQIA+ community. He still believes that one day, when he has enough money, he will be able to continue his full involvement in politics.
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