Lacson presidency to put premium on press freedom, transparency

Lacson presidency to put premium on press freedom, transparency

By Ernie Reyes

Balochistan Express caricature courtesy

MANILA — Freedom of the media and transparency of government will get
a premium under a Lacson presidency, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said
Thursday.

Lacson, who is running for President under Partido Reporma, said there
is no reason for the government to hide what it is doing if it is not
involved in any wrongdoing.

“Una, ang freedom of the press hindi lang importante sa demokrasya. It
is democracy itself (Freedom of the press is not just important to
democracy. It is democracy itself),” he said at the first LACSON-SOTTO
media forum.

“Bakit kami kailangan magtago? I’m all for it (Why should we hide
anything? I’m all for press freedom),” he added.

For his part, Sotto – who is running for Vice President under the
Nationalist People’s Coalition – vowed to uphold freedom of
information.

“We will pursue freedom of information,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lacson reiterated he and Sotto are prepared to present
solutions to the country’s problems. He said he stressed this anew in
a meeting Wednesday evening with ambassadors.

“May nakahanda kaming solution, katulong namin mga expert sa
kani-kanilang fields of interest. Nakahanda kami magbigay ng solusyon
sa problema sa ating bansa (We have prepared solutions with the help
of experts in their own fields of interest. We are ready to present
solutions to the country’s problems),” he said. (ai/mtvn)

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