Lito Lapid seeks Senate comeback in 2019

Camille Elemia
The actor was senator for two consecutive terms

COMEBACK. Former senator Manuel 'Lito' Lapid files his Certificate of Candidacy for senator at the Comelec office in Manila on October 15, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Actor and former senator Lito Lapid is eyeing a Senate comeback.

Lapid filed his Certificate of Candidacy on Monday, October 15 at the Commission on Elections in Manila.

He initially refused to take questions from reporters. “Huwag na pareho lang sasabihin ko, joke,” he said. (No need for questions, I will just say the same things. Joke.)

Asked what he intended to do at the Senate, the former senator only said: “Wala ituloy lang natin yung dati natin… yung hindi natin natuloy.” (Nothing, we will just continue what we were not able to continue before.)

Lapid, formerly with the Lakas-Kampi party under the Arroyo administration, has now joined the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

Lapid served as senator for two consecutive terms, from 2004 to 2010 and 2010 to 2016. –

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email