Harry Roque withdraws senatorial bid

Former Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has withdrawn his senatorial bid. “It is with a truly heavy heart that I announce the withdrawal of my senatorial bid,” he said in a statement.

“I have recently undergone a percutaneous coronary intervention following the discovery of an unstable angina coronary disease earlier this week. In the days since the procedure, I have been forced to confront the reality of my physical situation and what it ultimately means for my aspirations to public service,” he said.

He thanked everyone who has been so kind and supportive of his candidacy.

“I ran for senator because I wanted to be of service in a way that I know I will be highly effective. Whatever they may think of my politics, those who have seen my work in both the public and private sector can attest to what I would have brought to the Senate. Unfortunately, for the moment, it seems that God has other plans,” he said.

“It is my sincere hope that I will someday again have the honor to serve the Filipino people as a legislator, or in whatever other capacity I may be of service. I continue to support our President and this administration and wish only the best for our country,” he added.