By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA— Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Lieutenant General Guillermo Lorenzo Tolentino Eleazar, who had just retired barely a day past, has joined the senatorial derby for next year’s national elections in May under the slate of presidential aspirant senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson and running mate Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III.
This surprised many sectors but close friends and associated of the retired PNP chief said that Eleazar’s quick decision for a senatorial bid particularly showed the general’s promptness in reacting decisively to issues and concerns he deems with utmost importance and significance.
Lacson’s camp likewise enthused the same, saying they expected Eleazar’s positive reply to their prior invitation to run as they have been discussing with the retired general, who turned 56 yesterday (November 13), his joining their team in pushing for reform and change in the administration that would succeed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
“Yes, I confirm that he will run under Partido Reporma to substitute for Paolo Capino who has announced his intention to withdraw from the senatorial race,” Lacson said in a message to reporters.
The veteran senator was jubilant with Eleazar completing his senatorial slate as he has seen in the former PNP chief qualities and policies in the PNP that he himself had initiated when he was also the commanding general of the country’s national police force.
On his retirement, Eleazar was replaced by Lt. Gen. Dionardo Bernardo Carlos, who was deputy director in the PNP hierarchy and chief of the Directorial Staff. (mtvn)