Customs chief Biazon won't run for senator

Posted at 09/25/2012 11:03 AM | Updated as of 09/25/2012 1:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Tuesday said he will no longer run for senator in the 2013 midterm elections.

Biazon, son of former senator Rodolfo Biazon, said President Aquino asked him to stay at his post in the Customs bureau.

"He told me that he would be very glad if I stayed with the BOC so the decision was made to forego the Senate bid," he told ANC.

Biazon said the latest Pulse Asia survey placed him at rank 16-23 out of 36 possible candidates, which showed he had a fighting chance in the Senate race.

However, he said he decided to follow Aquino's orders to stay at the Customs and play an active role in the President's reform agenda.

Biazon is the second government official and party-mate requested by the President not to run in the 2013 senatorial election.

TESDA chief Joel Villanueva on Monday said he was also requested by the President not to run for any elective post in the 2013 polls. Report by Noel Alamar, radio dzMM