By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Partido Reporma chairman and standard bearer Panfilo
“Ping” Lacson said he and his running mate, Senate President Vicente
‘Tito’ Sotto III, are staying committed to winning the hearts and minds of
Filipino voters based on their own proposals for good governance.
Lacson issued the statement on Thursday (October 7, 2021) after
incumbent Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo officially added
her name to the growing list of candidates for 2022 presidential
“Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and I have agreed that we will
rise on our own merits, and not to comment on our political rivals in
the May 2022 elections,” Lacson said, expressing his earnest desire to
avoid engaging in mudslinging activities.
“We will focus only on presenting ourselves and our competencies to
the electorate in an effort to get elected based on our own strengths,
and not on the deficiencies of the others,” he added.
The veteran lawmaker has consistently made this position clear in his
public interviews and speeches, saying he would rather leave it up to
the people themselves to make their own judgment on the different
presidential aspirants seeking their votes.
“We will raise the level of discourse of the campaign and deal with
issues rather than personalities. We intend to keep it that way, even
as we encourage our supporters to follow our lead,” Lacson said.
The Lacson-Sotto tandem earlier said they are intent on organizing a
good, principled political campaign strategy both online and offline.
They would even cooperate with other political parties to ensure that
the 2022 Philippine elections would be clean, honest, and orderly.
“We have always said naman before, ‘di ba, we don’t want to identify
ourselves on any side of the [political] fence. We’d rather be on the
side of the Filipino people,” Sotto told reporters after he and Lacson
filed their certificates of candidacy last Wednesday (October 6,