Lacson, Sotto officially launch tandem for presidential, VP posts

Maris Federez   •   September 8, 2021   •   718

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III, on Wednesday, officially launched their tandem on their bid for the presidential and vice-presidential posts in the 2022 National Elections.

The pre-taped campaign launch was attended by few family members, friends, former co-workers, and supporters who were tested for the coronavirus before the event. Other supporters joined the tandem via teleconference and taped testimonies.

Sotto took the stage first to signify his intention to be the country’s second in command.

“Ang inyo pong lingkod ay naririto para harapin ang hamon sa tamang panahon na maging kandidato ninyo sa pagka-pangalawang pangulo ng Republika ng Pilipinas,” Sotto said.

After raising national issues, such as poor economy, rising COVID-19 cases, corruption, and poverty, Sotto said the Filipinos have had enough.

“Tama na! Kailangan na nating tumugon! Kailangan na nating umaksyon! Kailangan na natin magsanib pwersa upang mapigilan at maitama ang mali. Ito na ang simula,” he said.

In his own speech, Lacson mentioned how President Rodrigo Duterte admitted in his final State of the Nation Address “that he was wrong to think that leading the country is simple and easy as leading Davao City.”

“Walang debate sa katotohanan. Hindi natin dapat payagan ang maling akala para sa kinabukasan ng ating bansa,” Lacson said.

Lacson stressed that the challenges that await the next administration are no joking matter and that they should be addressed with honest, dedicated, and competent public service.

“Mayroon kaming sapat na kakayahan, katapatan, at katapangan upang pamunuan ang ating bansa at upang muling bumangon sa ating pagkakalugmok,” he said.

Lacson and Sotto said they are gunning for “leadership by example.”

“Hindi sa salita kundi sa gawa. No leader can succeed if he cannot practice what he preaches,” Lacson said.

Lacson said they are in the process of crafting their platform of government that they want to present to the people.

“As we speak, we are in the process of drawing up a roadmap or a master plan that will serve as our platform of government that we intend to present to our people. After all, sa takdang panahon, kayo ang magdedesisyon kung karapat-dapat ba kaming pagkatiwalaan na mamuno sa ating bayan,” he said. —/mbmf

Pacquiao-Atienza tandem bares senatorial lineup

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday announced the senatorial lineup for the 2022 national elections under the Pacquaio-Atienza tandem.

The slate is composed of media personalities, former and incumbent senators, and a former vice president. The list is as follows:

  • Broadcaster Raffy Tulfo
  • Senator Miguel Zubiri
  • Former Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero
  • Former Vice President Jejomar Binay
  • Senator Joel Villanueva
  • Former Senator Loren Legarda
  • Senator Richard “Dick Gordon
  • Labor Leader Elmer Labog
  • Human Rights Fighter, Neri Colmenares
  • Former Governor Lutgardo “Lutz” Barbo

Pacquiao earlier filed his certificate of candidacy for president under PROMDI — a national party founded by the late former Cebu governor Lito Osmeña — with House Deputy Speaker and former Manila mayor Lito Atienza as his running mate. —/mbmf

Lacson, insulted by hints of Robredo-Sotto tandem during Unity Talks

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson admitted to feeling slighted by the alleged plan of a Robredo-Sotto tandem insinuated during the Robredo camp-initiated Unity Talks.

Lacson who is also a presidential aspirant claimed that the Unity Talks does not really aim at achieving unity, following the second meeting that he and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III had with VP Robredo.

“Si Sen. Drilon mismo, tinuro niya si VP Leni at si SP Tito Sotto na sila’y magkatandem, in my face. It’s good that I didn’t notice it, I was informed by SP after our meeting,” Lacson said.

“Sabi niya ‘Hindi mo ba napansin na yung dalawang daliri ni Frank nakaturo samin dalawa?’ Parang effectively telling me in my face to withdraw and mag-create ng bagong tandem between the VP and Senate President. So sa akin, when I was told that, I felt insulted,” he added.

Sotto, meanwhile, believes that Robredo’s attempt at unity talks is already a belated move as the Lacson-Sotto tandem has already established an organized alliance with different parties nationwide. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Lacson-Sotto tandem backs 14 senatorial bets

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Lacson-Sotto tandem is set to endorse 14 possible senatorial candidates in the coming 2022 national elections.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said they do not see any problem in endorsing more than 12 candidates, emphasizing that the 14 got what it takes and deserve to be in the Senate.

The Lacson-Sotto senatorial lineup is as follows:

  • Sorsogon Gov. Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero
  • House Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda
  • Senator Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri
  • Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Senator Joel Villanueva
  • Senator Richard Gordon
  • Former Senator JV Ejercito
  • Former Makati Rep. Monsour Del Rosario
  • Minguita Padilla
  • Former Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol
  • DICT Sec. Gringo Honasan
  • Former Vice President Jejomar Binay, and
  • Media Practitioner Paolo Capino

Lacson said they also have a surprise senatorial candidate coming up.

He added that they still have until November 15 to finalize their senatorial slate. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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