MANILA, Philippines - Here's a surprise: former Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn is joining the Senate race for 2013 knowing fully well that he will lose in the election.
Speaking to ANC, Hagedorn said he flew in from Puerto Princesa with other Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) candidates who were filing their COCs.
"Expired na yung term ko tapos yung wife ko ang nag-take over. Eh sabi ko 'Teka, ano gagawin natin e wala na tayong trabaho?' So may nag-suggest mag file ka muna ng pagka-senador. Pagkasakay namin ng plane sabi ko, sige lang. Subok lang," he said.
Hagedorn said he has no illusions about his chances of winning next year.
"Ang sa akin lang talaga, I do not expect to win, ano po. Ang akin I-present ko lang muna kung anong agenda meron ako sa hinaharap plus magpakilala muna. Baka sakali pag nakilala na ako ng karamihan, sa susunod madali na," he said.
Hagedorn said he had received invitations before to run for senator so he could spread his advocacy on the environment. He said that while he did not finish college, he has over 2 decades of experience as a public official.
The former mayor said he will be running as an independent since the NPC already has an existing coalition with the Liberal Party. He noted that the LP-NPC-NP coalition already has a complete lineup.
He also turned down an invitation to join the United Nationalist Alliance slate because his wife's rival for the mayoral post is a member of APO fraternity.
"Nahihiya ako dahil yung magiging kalaban ng misis ko run APO. Baka magkaproblema si Vice [President Jejomar Binay]. Para lang awkward," he said. Binay is an official of the APO fraternity.
ANC The Bureau, October 3, 2012