By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senators Panfilo Lacson, Senate President Vicente Sotto III
and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday filed their
individual Certificate of Candidacy (COC) before the Commission on
Election at the Harbor Tent, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Pasay City.
Lacson and Sotto vied for the presidency and vice presidency
respectively under the Partido Reporma Party while Zubiri is seeking
for reelection as lawmaker as independent.
At the filing, Lacson and Sotto introduced some of the names who will
join them in the senatorial slate. With them are Rep. Pantaleon
“Bebot” Alvarez (1st District, Davao del Norte) and Rep. Arnel Ty
(Partylist, LPG Marketers’ Association.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Zubiri thanked “everyone for supporting
his bid for re-election in the Senate,
“I can say with full conviction that I have served our people well,
and all the promises I made when I ran in 2016, I have been able to
fulfill during the 17th and 18th Congresses,” Zubiri said.
“We were able to pass laws such as the Ease of Doing Business Act or
the Anti-Red Tape Law, the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the COVID-19
Vaccination Program Act, the Anti-Hazing Law, the Good Manners and
Right Conduct and Values Education Act, the Philippine Cooperative
Code, and the Renewable Energy Act, among others,” he added.
Zubiri said that he never missed a day of work, and as Majority
Leader, saying that he was the first to arrive and last to leave for
every session. “And in almost twenty years of public service, I have
never once been involved in any instance of corruption.”
“I hope to have our people’s trust once more, so we can continue our
work in uplifting our people from this pandemic,” Zubiri ended.
With this, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan announced the
rescheduling of his filing of COC in deference to Vice President Leni
Robredo’s announcement on Oct.7.
He will announce the schedule of his filing after the event. (ai/mtvn)