Drilon eyes retirement from politics in 2022

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says he has no plans to seek any elected post next year.

Drilon, who has served in government for over three decades, says he will instead leave politics once his term at the Senate expires.

The senator said, “I have not planned to run for president. I do not have the resources to run for president. As I said, I will retire from public service if I have no role in the new administration.”

He noted, “I have served in government probably for 33 years. So, let others who believe they can serve have the chance.”

Drilon first entered the Senate in 1995. He has been elected Senate president four times, most recently during the presidency of the late Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.In the 18th Congress, he introduced bills looking to prohibit political dynasties, strengthen the political party system, and criminalize red-tagging. He was also the only opposition senator to vote in favor of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

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