MANILA – In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson declared his interest in running for president or senator in next year’s national elections.
Considering his low ranking in the presidential preferences surveys, Lacson seemed to prefer joining the senatorial race instead.
“I need numbers that would put me in a competitive level at least because if you don’t have the numbers, there’s no use… And I’d rather go back to the Senate if not the presidency,” he said.
“But I’m studying my chances, if I will push through with it or not. I’ll just decide when I file my certificate of candidacy in October because that’s the deadline,” he added.
Lacson also preferred running independently as he’d ‘rather be the lone Lacson,’
Should he be elected as the next president, Lacson noted that he would prioritize eradicating corruption as he believed that it was the root of many other problems the country has been facing.
The former senator would also improve police visibility to fight criminality and implement the rationalization of the allocation of the national budget to local government units (LGUs) for easier funding and spending.
“If I were President, I would implement that. Seeking the presidency is no joking matter. Hindi ganun kadali. Alam naman natin ang politics sa country natin. Sadly,‘di naman talaga issue-based; it’s all showbiz,” he said.
(If I were President, I would implement that. Seeking the presidency is no joking matter. It’s not that easy. We already know the politics in our country. Sadly, it’ not issue-based; it’s all showbiz.)
Lacson, however, clarified that he was not calling out any person.
“I’m not alluding to any personality. I’m talking in general terms. ‘Di lang naman sa atin eh. Even America is starting to copy us. Kasi si Donald Trump is way ahead, two digits na lang ang lamang niya dun sa mga Republican candidates. At least, we’re not alone,” he said.
(I’m not alluding to any personality. I’m talking in general terms. It’s not just in our [country], after all. Even America is starting to copy us. Because Donald Trump is way ahead, he is only two digits leading against the Republican candidates. At least, we’re not alone.)
When asked why he did not consider running for vice president, Lacson believed that it was almost the same with running for vice president anyway.
“The chances of winning the presidency and the vice presidency, as far as I’m concerned, are practically the same… Maybe I’m being selfish, pero pagod na rin akong mangarap eh (but I’m also tired of dreaming),” he said.