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Not leaving Congress: Legarda to seek election as Antique representative

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Senator Loren Legarda is not planning to leave Congress anytime soon as she gears up to mount her candidacy for Antique representative in the May 2019 polls.

Legarda would step down as senator next year after she completes her second consecutive term, as mandated by the Constitution, and was rumored to be appointed as Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary.

But the chair of the Senate finance and foreign relations committees does not intend to jump to the executive branch, saying she “would like to help the beautiful province of Antique.”

“Antique is a beautiful, rich and pristine province, but unfortunately, still vulnerable and poor. For so long, it has been neglected and deprived,” Legarda said in a statement Friday (October 5).

“While I have served our country well for the past 20 years, I believe that there is clamor from the people of Antique for me to represent them,” she continued.

She added: “I want to make sure that Antiqueños are not left out. I want to make sure that programs of government are actually helping people.”

Legarda said she has transferred domicile early this year and transferred her voter’s registration to the province last month.

Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao has announced last month that Legarda would seek a House seat, and would be part of “Team LCD,” affiliated with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte.