2022 Philippine senatorial race

Former QC official to take Noli de Castro slot in Isko’s Senate slate

Pia Ranada
Former QC official to take Noli de Castro slot in Isko’s Senate slate

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Jopet Sison will run for senator under Aksyon Demokratiko.

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Jopet Sison, a former Quezon City councilor, is also known for co-hosting the legal drama show 'Ipaglaban Mo' with his father, Jose Sison

Joseph Peter “Jopet” Sison, whose father is lawyer and television personality Jose Sison, is running for senator under Aksyon Demokratiko, taking the slot of veteran news anchor Noli de Castro.

Aksyon chairman Ernest Ramel announced the party’s decision to field Sison on Thursday, October 14, a day after De Castro announced he was dropping his senatorial bid.

The 56-year-old Sison has experience in local politics, having served as a Quezon City councilor. In 2019, he ran for Quezon City vice mayor under the ruling party PDP-Laban but lost to Gian Sotto by a slim margin. In the late 1990s, Sison was a member of the Liberal Party, now associated with the opposition.

Like De Castro, he has experience in the media industry, having co-hosted the ABS-CBN television legal drama series Ipaglaban Mo with his father, Jose Sison. The older Sison had popularized the phrase, “Kapag nasa katuwiran, ipaglaban mo” (If you are in the right, fight for it).

De Castro, who anchors the popular newscast TV Patrol, unexpectedly announced he had dropped his senatorial bid on Wednesday. Moreno had said De Castro stated “personal reasons” for canceling his senatorial candidacy.

Substitutions of candidates who had filed their candidacies for national posts in early October are allowed until November 15. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.