Boy Abunda remarked that he is not running for the senate in the 2022 national elections. The television host revealed that he received an invitation to run but he declined it.
“It’s a major decision. I’m not ready to run for the Senate. I have been invited to run for the senate. I don’t have the tenacity, I don’t have the strength to run a national campaign. I don’t have the money. I don’t have the national political organization," he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Boy added, "It takes a national organization to run a national campaign. Kailangan mo ng logistics. I don’t have that. Most important of all, wala akong apoy sa bituka. I don’t have fire in my belly for the Senate."
Though he has no plans to run for a national post, he said that his doors are open for a local seat.
Boy said that he started to consider running for a local post when his home network ABS-CBN was denied a new franchise in July.
“I was very emotional, I was very angry. Ang kapatid ko, sabi niya sa akin, ‘E ‘di tumakbo ka sa atin, mag-congressman ka. It was half-meant, but I knew when she said that, it also came from the heart. ‘Why not go to public service?’ Ang aming nanay at tatay ay nasa public service. Ang kapatid ko ay three-term mayor. Ngayon, congresswoman,” he said.