MANILA, Philippines – Former Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar on Wednesday formalized his bid to join the senatorial race in the 2022 elections.
Villar filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) on Wednesday morning. He was accompanied by his wife, Emmeline Aglipay-Villar.
He will be running as a guest candidate under a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban, led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, backed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Villar is among the four members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet named by Cusi’s group for its senatorial slate. Other Cabinet officials are Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, and anti-corruption commission head Greco Belgica.
Villar was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to the DPWH in 2016.
Prior to his appointment, he served as a district representative of Las Piñas from 2010 to 2016. He won a third term in the last elections but left the House of Representatives to join the Duterte Cabinet as DPWH secretary.
Villar is among the government officials who led the administration’s big-ticket ‘Build, Build, Build’ projects.