The threat of the Delta variant of Covid-19 has prompted Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson to postpone the official launch of their campaign scheduled on 4 August.
Although to be done virtually, Sotto said they decided to move the event to a later date due to the possible surge of coronavirus cases in the country.
“Sen. Lacson and I have agreed to reschedule the launch event to a later date due to the new developments on the Covid-19 Delta variant in the country,” the Senate leader said in a message to reporters via Viber.
“While we are dealing with a possible nationwide surge in the infection rate, we thought it best to focus more on attending to our people’s health concerns and priorities than any other non-health related activities,” he said.
“It is a purely sensitivity issue, even considering that the event will be virtually presented,” he added.
On 20 July, both lawmakers confirmed they were running for the country’s top two highest positions but said that the formal launch of their bids will be on 4 August.
Sotto will vie for Vice Presidency while Lacson will gun for the Presidential seat.
The Senate leader said they will share the new launch event date after the reimposition of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila on 6 to 20 August.
He, however, disclosed that they are currently eyeing 8 September for the possible date.
“We will make the proper announcement on the new launch event date which will be most probably right after the ECQ,” he said.
The Lacson-Sotto tandem is the first to confirm their bid ahead of the 2022 National Elections.
They were also the first to unveil an initial list of their senatorial candidates which included big names including former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.
Part of their key programs, they said, is budget reform where they will decentralize the national budget from the government to localities.
Last week, both of their parties expressed support to their bids with the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) giving greenlight to Sotto and Lacson taking his oath as chairman of the revived Partido para sa Demokratikong Reporma.