Noli de Castro

After backing out of Senate run, Noli de Castro returns to ABS-CBN

Bea Cupin
After backing out of Senate run, Noli de Castro returns to ABS-CBN

BACK TO MEDIA. Broadcaster Noli de Castro quickly returns to media after initially announcing a bid for the Senate.

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The veteran journalist resigns from his home station, drops a bid for the Senate, and returns to host news and public service programs – all within a month

Broadcaster Noli de Castro will be returning to ABS-CBN over a month after he announced he was leaving to pursue a Senate seat.

The 72-year-old is set to return to TeleRadyo, a pay news television channel under ABS-CBN, beginning Monday, November 8. He’s set to resume anchoring two programs under TeleRadyo – the news program TeleRadyo Balita and the public service program Kabayan.

De Castro himself made the announcement in an Instagram post on Thursday, November 4. “Salamat po, sa kaunting pagkakataon na ma-enjoy ko ang beach, bago bumalik muli sa Teleradyo sa Lunes, kita kits kabayan,” he said in a post. Both TeleRadyo Balita and Kabayan air daily in the morning beginning 7:30 am.

(Thank you for the chance to enjoy the beach before I return again to Teleradyo on Monday. See you, my countrymen.)

De Castro on October 7 announced that he would be leaving ABS-CBN and his anchor stints on the two TeleRadyo shows and ABS-CBN’s flagship news program TV Patrol to run for senator under Manila Mayor Isko Moreno’s Aksyon Demokratiko.

In between first announcing his exit via TeleRadyo and TV Patrol, De Castro took his oath as a member of Aksyon Demokratiko. Over a week later on October 13, De Castro announced that he would no longer be running for senator.

According to an ABS-CBN news report, De Castro has since resigned from Aksyon Demokratiko.

Natutuwa kami at magbabalik sa TeleRadyo si Noli de Castro para ipagpatuloy ang kanyang tunay na misyon, ang maglingkod sa kapwa Pilipino sa pamamagitan ng kanyang programang Kabayan. We welcome him back in ABS-CBN with open arms,” ABS-CBN said in a statement.

(We are gladdened by Noli de Castro’s return to TeleRadyo to continue his mission to serve his fellow Filipinos through the program Kabayan.)

It’s not the first time for De Castro to exit then return to ABS-CBN. He first bid goodbye to the media giant in 2001, to seek a Senate post. At that time, he was vice president of ABS-CBN’s radio station DZMM. He also headed the production team of its flagship news program TV Patrol, and was anchor of several news shows, including TV Patrol and Kabayan.

He topped the Senate race and would go on to run and win the vice presidency in 2004, alongside his standard-bearer, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

In 2010, after his term as vice president expired, De Castro returned to his “first and one true love,” broadcasting. He anchored several shows on DZMM before making his eventual return to TV Patrol as one of its main anchors.

De Castro was among TV Patrol’s anchors on May 5, when ABS-CBN signed off from free TV after the House – dominated by allies of President Duterte – denied ABS-CBN a new franchise. Duterte himself had openly threatened ABS-CBN – the threats continued even after the country’s biggest broadcast network lost its franchise to air on free TV. – Rappler.com

Bea Cupin

Bea is a journalist.