Senators Ping Lacson and Tito Sotto
By Junex Doronio (September 8, 2021)
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Apparently projecting to be different, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Wednesday, September 8, launched their taped campaign, making them the first tandem to formally announce their presidential and vice-presidential candidacies in the 2022 elections.
Claiming to be the “alternative” and neither opposition nor pro-administration, some political observers said the challenge for the Ping Lacson-Tito Sotto or PiSot tandem is surmounting the lead that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte currently hold.
So far, Lacson and Sotto have been trailing in voter surveys on the posts they seek.
According to Pulse Asia, last July 13, President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte lead the pack among possible 2022 vice-presidential and presidential candidates.
Conducted from June 7 to 16, the poll showed that 28% or more than a quarter of Filipino adults would vote for Sara’s vice presidential bet.
In second place was Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, with 14% of Filipinos saying they would vote for him as president.
Closely behind Moreno are former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (13%), Senator Grace Poe (10%), and Senator Manny Pacquiao (8%),Vice President Leni Robredo (6%), Lacson (4%), Senator Bong Go (3%), former vice president Jejomar Binay (2%), and Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano (2%).
For vice president, the survey showed Duterte leading the race with a slim lead over Moreno.
The outgoing President got 18%, Moreno scored 14%, followed by Sotto (10%), Marcos (10%), and Pacquiao (9%).
But Lacson and Sotto remained undaunted as they launched their “historic” campaign as the Philippines’ first taped campaign launch of a presidential and vice-presidential tandem. (ai/mtvn)