Dingdong Dantes chooses growing family with Marian Rivera over politics
Dingdong Dantes has denied anew that he would run in the 2019 elections.
The actor released a statement yesterday, Sept. 25, following his wife Marian Rivera’s announcement that the couple is expecting their second child.
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Dantes said he crafted the formal statement after receiving many queries on his political aspirations. He mentioned that he had given thought to do further public service after working with the National Youth Commission and his organizations YesPinoy Foundation and YesPH Community Development Inc.
He said it was after discerning through prayer that he received his answer in the form of Rivera’s pregnancy.
“And in the process of my discernment, I received His response in the most surprising and beautiful way. With overflowing joy, Marian and I are happy to share with everyone that we have been blessed with another child,” he wrote.
“My discernment revealed what is truly important in my life—Panahon ito para suportahan ang pagdadalang-tao ng aking asawa (This is the time to support my wife’s pregnancy),” he said.
He made the assurance that he would find other ways to serve: “My humble service to the public will continue and it could take a different form or level in the future; but first, I have to ensure that my home is protected and secured before I can take care of others.”
The Liberal Party released Dantes’ name as a possible 2019 senatorial candidate in early September. However, the “Alyas Robin Hood” actor said days after that he wouldn’t run.
Last April, the actor’s name was included in the Pulse Asia survey of senatorial preferences with 95 percent awareness and 16.8 percent of votes. His name has since been left out of subsequent surveys. /ra
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