Former 3-consecutive term Bukidnon 3rd District Congressman and Senator for 4 years Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator as an independent earlier today, Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Commission on Elections main office. He was accompanied by his wife, newspaper lifestyle columnist Audrey Tan-Zubiri.
Zubiri, who previously said he was quitting politics, told Mindanaoan.com that he got inspired by his No. 6 ranking in the latest survey of senatorial preferences. In the Sept. 8-14 Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey of senatorial preferences, Zubiri emerged as the sixth most favored by voters.
“I’ve been very happy quietly living a private life with Audrey and our three kids, and tending to our small business for more than two years now. I really had no plans to return to politics. But people have been walking up to me and encouraging me to run for the Senate. So here I am, moved and overwhelmed by their support,” Zubiri said.
“As Heneral Antonio Luna said: ‘Negosyo or kalayaan? Bayan o sarili?’ Yan po ang ating Artikulo Uno!” Zubiri said, quoting lines from Heneral Luna, the blockbuster 2015 Filipino historical biopic film depicting General Antonio Luna’s leadership of the Philippine Revolutionary Army during the Philippine-American War.
Zubiri will run as an independent but he also confirmed that he was adopted as a guest candidate under the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero. Poe and Escudero are running for President and Vice President, respectively.