Noli de Castro

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Noli L. de Castro
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12th Vice President of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Preceded byTeofisto Guingona Jr.
Succeeded byJejomar Binay
Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2010
PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded byMike Defensor
Succeeded byJejomar Binay
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004
Personal details
Born (1949-07-06) July 6, 1949 (age 71)[1][2]
Pola, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Political partyK4 (2004)
Independent (2001–2004, 2004–2010)
Spouse(s)Pacita Torralba (separated, 1978;[3] annulled, 1998)[4]
Arlene Sinsuat[3]
Alma materUniversity of the East
OccupationJournalist, anchorman
TV/radio shows hosted

Manuel Leuterio de Castro Jr. (born July 6, 1949),[6] better known as Noli de Castro or "Kabayan" Noli de Castro, is a Filipino journalist, anchorman and politician. He was elected to the Senate of the Philippines in 2001 after receiving the most votes of any Senator in the 2001 election.[7] He served as the 12th Vice President of the Philippines from 2004 until 2010, under then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

As of May 2020, de Castro anchors both his radio programs Kabayan and TeleRadyo Balita on TeleRadyo and TV Patrol on ABS-CBN/Kapamilya Channel. He is one of the key television figures who are in favor of the Philippine Drug War undertaken by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Early life and broadcasting career[edit]

De Castro was born in the town of Pola, Oriental Mindoro at 4:00 pm on July 6, 1949.[6] He is the fifth child of Manuel de Castro Sr. (born c. 1909) and Demetria (née Leuterio, born c. 1911).[1][2] He studied at the University of the East in 1971 with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Banking and Finance, and a doctorate degree Honoris causa from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

De Castro began his career as a broadcaster during the Marcos dictatorship, when press freedom was suppressed. He worked as a field reporter for Johnny de Leon, a popular radio announcer at the time. He later became a radio announcer in RPN's DWWW station from 1982 to 1986.

After the ouster of Marcos in 1986, de Castro joined ABS-CBN. He got his break into television as the segment host for "At Your Service" of Good Morning, Philippines. He also joined DZMM, a radio station of ABS-CBN, as the anchorman of Kabayan. It was because of the popularity of the program that he gained the nickname "Kabayan Noli."

In 1987, de Castro became an anchor on Magandang Gabi... Bayan and anchorman of the news and public affairs hit, TV Patrol. In July 1996, he became the sole anchor of the newscast and in January 1999 he became the newscast's overall head of production and became the vice president of DZMM.

Vice Presidency (2004-2010)[edit]

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Reference styleHis Excellency, The Honorable
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Alternative styleMr. Vice President

In the 2004 Philippine election, de Castro ran for vice president. He won by a narrow margin over Senator Loren Legarda, but an electoral protest was filed by the latter. The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), dismissed the protest.[8][9] He was appointed by President Arroyo as chairman for housing and urban development (HUDCC). As HUDCC Chair, Vice President de Castro also serves as ex official Chairman of the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF or Pag-IBIG Fund), the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), the National Housing Authority (NHA), the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) and the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) as well as ex officio Vice Chairman of the Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC). He has also been designated as concurrent Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers, as Alternate Chairman of the National Anti-Poverty Commission, Head of the Task Force Against Illegal Recruitment, Price Monitoring Czar and Cabinet Officer for Regional DevelopmPalawan).

De Castro was chairman of the Pag-IBIG Fund when the ₱6.6 billion housing scam involving Globe Asiatique (GA) scam took place.[10] Throughout his vice presidency, de Castro had minimal limelight and was regarded only as "backup" for the then incumbent party coalition if ever President Arroyo was ousted.

2010 presidential election[edit]

De Castro was initially a front runner in the 2010 presidential election. Being the Vice President, he was a popular choice among older voters to replace outgoing president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. However, his lead was taken by Benigno Aquino III (who later won) after Aquino declared his intent to run for president.[11] In December 2009, he did not file to be included on the ballot. In an interview conducted by Karen Davila, he announced that he would retire from politics at the end of his vice presidential term and intended to commit himself full time to broadcast journalism.[12]

Return to television[edit]

In July 2010, Kabayan returned on air with De Castro as its anchor once again.[13] In November 2010, he returned as an anchor of TV Patrol. He had been a staunch critic of almost all programs of President Noynoy Aquino, who has criticized former President Arroyo, de Castro's running mate in the 2004 elections. He has been known to fire tirades against Aquino throughout Aquino's presidency which ended in May 2016. During the administration of Rodrigo Duterte, however, he became meek as former President Arroyo had close ties with Duterte. De Castro has been criticized for perceived misogyny, homophobia and transphobia[14] in live television.[15] In 2018, he was being eyed by the Duterte administration for a possible return in politics under the new administration. De Castro supports the Philippine Drug War.[16] De Castro, along with Persida Acosta, amplified the possibility of Dengvaxia vaccination, which began during former President Aquino's term, as the cause of death of children in the Philippines. It was later proven by the World Health Organization and the Philippine Department of Health that Dengvaxia is safe and that the initial deaths of children were not connected with Dengvaxia. Various organizations have blamed de Castro and Acosta for their misinformation which led to the deaths of numerous Filipino youths due to a "vaccination scare campaign".[15][17][18]


  1. ^ a b "Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1983," images, FamilySearch (,27962101,25268603,25270403 : accessed April 18, 2014), Oriental Mindoro > Pola > Birth registers > 1947-1951; citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila.
  2. ^ a b "Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1983," images, FamilySearch (,27962101,25268603,25270403 : accessed April 18, 2014), Oriental Mindoro > Pola > Birth registers > 1947-1951; citing National Census and Statistics Office, Manila.
  3. ^ a b Robles, Raissa (July 10, 2005). "Man who could be king plays his cards close to his chest". South China Morning Post. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "De Castro explains why his first wife has been campaigning against him". Gulf News. March 31, 2004. Retrieved May 18, 2020. Their marriage was annulled in 1998.
  5. ^ "Noli L. De Castro". Office of the Vice President of the Philippines. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Profile of Manuel Jr. "Noli" Leuterio De Castro". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. June 5, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "2001 Senatorial Election Results". COMELEC. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Abs-Cbn Interactive, PET junks Loren's VP electoral protest
  9. ^ Loren B. Lagarda v. Noli L. de Castro, P.E.T. Case No. 003 (Supreme Court of the Philippines 2005-03-31).Text
  10. ^ "Noli de Castro liable in Pag-Ibig mess—Sen. Serge Osmeña III". Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 30, 2011.
  11. ^ Survey: De Castro top choice for 2010 Archived February 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (January 13, 2009). Retrieved on 2011-09-27.
  12. ^ "Noli picks Mar Roxas over Edu". ABS-CBN News. December 11, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  13. ^ "'Kabayan' Noli returns to DZMM". ABS-CBN News. July 7, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  14. ^ "Netizens question Noli de Castro for 'discriminatory' remark". Rappler. May 11, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Dengvaxia, fear, and (mis)trust | Inquirer Opinion". February 8, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  16. ^ by Ted Regencia21 Feb 2018 18:39 GMT (February 21, 2018). "Senator: Rodrigo Duterte's drug war has killed 20,000 | News". Al Jazeera. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "DOH blames Persida Acosta for decline in vaccinations and rise of measles cases". Interaksyon. January 31, 2019. Retrieved September 28, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Teofisto Guingona
Vice President of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Jejomar Binay
Preceded by
Mike Defensor
Chairman of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Teofisto Guingona
as Former Vice President
Order of Precedence of the Philippines (Ceremonial)
as Former Vice President
Succeeded by
Jejomar Binay
as Former Vice President