Hagedorn surprises supporters, files senatorial candidacy in Manila

October 3, 2012 9:54 pm 

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Oct. 3 -– A few hours after categorically announcing at a media conference here that he will no longer run for any position in May 2013, Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn surprised his family and supporters by walking into the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Office at Intramuros, Manila and filing his certificate of candidacy (COC) as an independent senatorial bet.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Hagedorn said his filing was an “impulse, a spur of the moment decision” although there are certain camps that have been convincing him to join their senatorial line up, knowing his term as mayor of Puerto Princesa is to end next year.

One such is the camp of former president Joseph Estrada under Vice President Jejomar Binay’s UNA party, but he said he “politely declined” because he does not want to offend President Benigno Aquino III, who he fully supports.

“This is really a surprise decision on my part and for my supporters. I did not make the announcement in Puerto Princesa because I don’t want to cause a stir in an event that was for the declaration of the NPC-LP coalition’s local line up in the city,” Hagedorn told the PNA.

Hagedorn, who accompanied his wife Ellen Hagedorn, categorically denied this morning at around 10 a.m. that he was running for any position when asked by the local media.

Nicknamed “Pambansang Mayor,” Hagedorn’s leadership as mayor of Puerto Princesa was responsible for making the city one of the world’s popular tourism destinations not only because of the underground river, but also because of his strict policies on environment protection, preservation and conservation.

Meanwhile, followers and campaign leaders of Hagedorn turned to the social media networking site Facebook to express their support to his candidacy.

Maui Quing Taylor said he will vote for Hagedorn in the senate because he is like the late secretary Jesse Robredo, who worked hard to make Puerto Princesa famous in protecting its environment and the underground river.

Juju Abella, a Hagedorn supporter from Cebu, said he is willing to distribute campaign flyers and other materials for the Puerto Princesa mayor in his area. (PNA)

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