Sen. Ping Lacson
By Junex Doronio
March 31, 2021
MANILA — Two months ago, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson warned that the next President will inherit the country’s “bad economy,” territorial issues concerning the West Philippines Sea, the pandemic and the national debt, which could balloon to nearly P12 trillion by end-2021.
“Apply now, suffer later,” Lacson grimly advised those eyeing the presidency in 2022 or barely a year from now.
Despite Lacson’s seeming disinterest, many of his supporters are still urging him to run, saying this could be the “right time” after his first try in 2004.
Political observers said that had Lacson accepted the offer from the camp of then presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. to be the movie icon’s running mate, they would have won altogether and Lacson would have been president because Poe later died of heart attack.
Even President Rodrigo Roa Duterte believed that Lacson has a moist eye on the presidency.
On September 10, 2019 Duterte, for the first time, openly blasted Lacson for “trying to be a crusader but ignorant.”
“I think he is running for president but I would caution him to be more circumspect,” Duterte said during an awarding ceremony for government officials in Malacañang.
But apparently, this did not deter Lacson’s supporters.
“The kind of leadership Ping had practiced ever since is the kind of leadership that the country needs as an aftermath of the chaotic DU30 administration,” wrote columnist Jessie Bacon II of the broadsheet Daily Tribune, rumored to be owned by Senator Bong Go who could be Duterte’s “anointed one” for the 2022 presidential race. (AI/MTVN)