Robredo urged us to abandon our candidacy — Sen. Ping Lacson

Robredo urged us to abandon our candidacy — Sen. Ping Lacson

FACT CHECK: Robredo camp’s unity strategy to defeat the BBM-Sara tandem is a “SELFISH SCHEME.”

Sen. Ping Lacson expressed his thoughts on Mrs. Leni Robredo’s campaign strategy which includes him abandoning his candidacy and backing her bid to beat presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the upcoming elections.

Is it true that Mrs. Robredo’s camp employs a selfish and self-serving strategy, as Sen. Lacson claims?

Rating: TRUE!

Sen. Lacson, a presidential contender, remarked on his Twitter account on Saturday, April 9, 2022, that calling for unity to defeat a candidate was “selfish,” and that he would rather finish the presidential election for the Filipinos.

“The call for unity to defeat one particular candidate is a selfish scheme to unite under the candidate issuing that call. Decency deserves some respect even from arrogance. we will finish the race because it is the Filipino that we are fighting for and no one else.” Lason stated.

Sen. Ping Lacson detailed his contact with Robredo’s team at a press conference, saying that Robredo’s staff proposed, “Senator kaya namin paatrasin si Kiko at ipasok si senate president (Tito Sotto) bilang VP basta mag withdraw ka lang.”

Lacson quickly rejected it, saying, “Sabi ko ‘anong klaseng offer ‘yan?’ Sabi ko, ‘Ilalaglag ninyo ‘yung kasama n’yo para lang manalo ‘yung principal ninyo,’ so I rejected (it),” he added.

According to him, Mrs. Robredo’s team also approached other presidential candidates about withdrawing from their candidacies.

“I don’t know what kind of offer was given to Mayor Isko, but I heared, na ganun din may effort na para ‘pag withdraw-hin sya,” Lacson said.

“Si Sen. Manny Pacquiao nag-express na rin, may lumapit na rin sa kanya,” he added.

The presidential candidates include Mayor Isko Moreno, Secretary Norberto Gonzales, and Senator Ping Lacson, as well as two vice-presidential candidates Doc Willie Ong and Senate President Vicente Sotto, have stated that they would continue to run for office. Despite Leni Robredo’s request that they quit and backing her in the campaign to unseat Marcos Jr.

Related Source:

SMNI LIVE: 4 Ph Presidential Candidates Hold Joint Press Conference: https://www.facebook.com/SMNINews/videos/386429043488777

Sen. Ping: https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=474221904440643

Sen.Ping Lacson Tweeted: https://www.facebook.com/inquirerdotnet/posts/10162144135839453

Sen.Pacquiao statement: https://mb.com.ph/2022/04/08/pacquiao-says-robredo-camp-asked-him-to-withdraw/

Mayor Isko Statement: https://mb.com.ph/2022/03/25/mayor-isko-rejects-calls-to-withdraw-from-presidential-race-just-to-let-vp-leni-win/

Fact checked by Eco Alfaro Turno

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