MANILA, Philippines — Kapuso host Willie Revillame will not run for any position in the upcoming May 2022 elections.

On Thursday’s episode of “Tutok To Win sa Wowowin,” the show featured a lengthy video clip showing Willie’s generosity to the public through the years. 

Willie, however, later said that he’s not running, ending speculations that he will run for a Senate seat.

“Hindi ko po kailangan kumandidato. Hindi ko po kailangan manalo. Ang kailangan ko ay makasama kayo. Dahil sa puso ko, sa isip ko, dapat laging ang mga Pilipino ang panalo,” he said. 

“Ako po si Wilfredo Revillame, nanunumpa sa inyo dito lang ako sa ‘Wowowin’ para magsilbi sa inyo,” he added.

Willie earlier this year received a video greeting from President Rodrigo Duterte to convince him to run for senator. He also cited reports about his meeting with Duterte, including one by the late The STAR Associate Editor and Entertainment Editor Ricky Lo.

According to him, he decided to decline the president’s offer first, because he does not like the dirtiness of politics and second, he did not feel qualified for public office since he did not finish school and did not study public governance.

“Sa nakikita ko ho ngayon, nakikita kong ‘di nagkakasundo, nakikita kong nagbabangayan, nakikita mong pataasan ng ere, hanapan ng dumi, ‘di ba? Sabi ko napakahirap pasukin ang isang bagay na ganito ang papasukin ko,” he said.

“Nalulungkot ako kasi awayan kayo ng awayan. Binoto kayo ng sambayanan pero ‘yan ang napapanood… ng lahat ng Pilipino. Hindi ho ba nakakalungkot na isa kang senador nakikipag-away ka? Isa kang president, may kaaway ka?… Ako isa sa mga taxpayer na mataas ang binabayad ko. Kung malalaman n’yo lang. Nasasaktan ako eh dahil bumoto ako sa mga taong ‘to pero ‘yan ang nakikita ko.”

Social media users lauded Willie’s decision not to run in any government position. 

“In fairness kay Willie Revillame ha. I will always remember Dolphy as someone who didn’t abuse fame to get power. Sana all ganun,” a Twitter user posted. 

“Gayahin ka sana Willie Revillame ng mga ambisyosong tao / personalidad diyan na hina-hunting din ang Congress particularly ang senatorial kahit alam nila sa sariling hindi nila kaya ang gawain ng isang mambabatas maging ang mga nakaupo na,” another Internet user wrote. 

“Holy shh– Willie Revillame earned my respect for his statement last night, he deserves all the respect he can get right now,” added another.  





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