By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — The May 2022 general elections should not be about
personalities but about finding solutions to the enormous problems
facing the country, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.
Lacson, addressing residents of Antipolo City’s second district, said
this would require competence, experience and integrity in public
“Ang eleksyon sa May 2022 is not about personalities or those running
for different elective positions either sa national or local. It is
more about knowing the enormous problems and offering solutions. It is
more about competence, experience, and loyalty in public service,” he
said at his and Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III’s “Online
“Ayusin natin ang gobyerno para maayos ang buhay ng Pilipino. Hindi
ito kaya gawin ng isa, dalawa o sampung Pilipino lang (We should fix
the ills of government to improve the lives of Filipinos. This cannot
be done just by one, two or 10 Filipinos),” he added.
He reiterated the people should not look at personalities or
“gimmicks,” but instead at the seriousness of the problems, especially
amid the pandemic.
Lacson, who is running under Partido Reporma, also reiterated that
while the problems facing the country – including a huge debt,
corruption, the effects of the Covid pandemic, and sovereignty in the
West Philippine Sea – are due to bad government, the solution also
lies in good government.
He said it is important to restore trust in the government – something
he intends to do through policies, including disciplining the
bureaucracy through leadership by example.
Also, he said the solutions to the problems must be based on data,
science and research, even as the government must work more closely
with the private sector and local government units instead of engaging
“Dapat maibalik ang tiwala sa liderato. At yan ang aming pagsisikapan
(We should restore trust in our leadership. That is what the
Lacson-Sotto tandem intends to do),” he said.
“The biggest problem of this country is government – bad government.
Ang solution hindi lalayo sa problema. It lies in the face of the
problem itself. Government ang solution, good government,” he added.
Meanwhile, Lacson said that former Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista
is a revelation who deserves a Senate seat
Lacson stressed this late Saturday after hearing Bautista speak on the
need to empower local government units (LGUs) to deal with disasters
and other problems.
“Mayor Herbert ‘Bistek’ Bautista was a revelation in our regular
‘Online Kumustahan’ with the great people of Antipolo City this
afternoon. Hearing him speak for the first time is one great
opportunity for me to know the man better. He deserves to be in the
Senate,” Lacson said on his Twitter account.
Bautista is one of the senatorial bets of the Lacson-Sotto tandem who
joined the regular “Online Kumustahan” in Antipolo City. He is running
under the Nationalist People’s Coalition which Senate President
Vicente C. Sotto III chairs. Also joining yesterday’s virtual rally
were Dr. Minguita Padilla and Paolo Capino under Partido Reporma,
which Lacson chairs.
At the “Online Kumustahan,” Bautista stressed that Lacson’s advocacy
to empower LGUs is at no time more needed than now, during the time of
disasters and the Covid pandemic.
” Lacson believes in local governments and their ability to address
their own needs and priorities, so long as they are properly equipped
with enough funds,” Bautista, who served as Quezon City mayor, said.
The former mayor said empowering LGUs will be especially useful now
that the country is dealing not just with the Covid pandemic but also
with disasters from typhoons.
Bautista, who studied at the University of the Philippines- NCPAG and
National Defense College of the Philippines, also cited his experience
as mayor where anticipation and planning are key.
” With budget reforms, much-needed funds will go down to the local
governments to address their needs and priorities,” he said. (ai/mtvn)