By Ernie Reyes
BACOLOD CITY — Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson has high expectations for
retired Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar if he wins
a Senate seat in 2022.
Lacson said Saturday that Eleazar is willing to continue his public
service even after his retirement as PNP chief upon reaching his 56th
“Mukhang gusto niya. Siya na rin ang nakakaalam. Sa ngayon pagkakaalam
ko gusto niya patuloy na pagsilbi sa ibang larangan (He wants to
continue serving the nation. As far as I know he wants to continue his
public service in a different field),” he said in an interview with
DYHB radio here.
Lacson, who restored the PNP’s glory days when he headed it from 1999
to 2001, said Eleazar had been considering a Senate run for some time.
He said that when he and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III
asked Eleazar what his post-retirement plans were during the
deliberation of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
last Thursday, Eleazar had plans to run for an elective post.
At the time, he said Eleazar had informed DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano
of his decision, but had not yet told his family.
Lacson said Eleazar shares the ideals and qualities of Partido Reporma
in terms of tough and trustworthy leadership in public service.
“Eleazar’s addition to the Partido Reporma senatorial slate reinforces
the Lacson-Sotto campaign’s edge in integrity, experience and courage
in public service, as they expect the former PNP Chief to bring his
toughness on crime and police abuse to the Senate with respect to
legislation relevant to peace and order,” he said.
Lacson also thanked Paolo “Powee” Capino, who had decided to withdraw
from the senatorial race Friday, for joining the Lacson-Sotto tandem
and Partido Reporma in this quest for good governance even for a short
period of time.
“You would have represented well the PWD sector in the Senate.
Nevertheless, Tito Sotto and I sincerely respect your decision. Good
luck!” Lacson said on his Twitter account.
Lacson is running for President under Partido Reporma, while Sotto is
running for Vice President under the Nationalist People’s Coalition.
The tandem, along with senatoriables Monsour del Rosario and Minguita
Padilla, received a warm welcome from residents upon their arrival