Senator Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday he was "going home" to be with his family, as an unofficial count put him in fifth place in the presidential elections.
Lacson got 868,957 votes based on 95.8% of votes that were tallied and transmitted to Comelec's transparency server for the media. Frontrunner Bongbong Marcos led with 30 million, nearly double the votes of Vice President Leni Robredo.
"After being away too long looking after the needs of other people, it is time to serve my family for a change. Enjoying peace and quiet in these challenging times will probably be my life’s greatest reward," he said in a tweet.
The 73-year-old Lacson earlier said it's the presidency or retirement after being in public office for 50 years.
He said in an interview on Monday that he would accept offers of Cabinet position "as long as I will not sacrifice 'yung nakagawian ko na in the whole 50 years that I’ve been in government."