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Lacson, Sotto belittle Duterte’s decision to run for VP



Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday, 24 August, belittled President Rodrigo Duterte’s acceptance to join the Vice Presidential race, saying it will not affect their candidacy in the 2022 elections.

In separate statements, Lacson and Sotto said they will continue with their plan — with Lacson saying that there is “no turning back” for them.

“That’s good to know, so that we are not guessing. It does not affect my resolve anyway,” Sotto told reporters.

Lacson and Sotto are running as a tandem as President and Vice President, respectively.

“It won’t matter to my and SP Sotto’s determination to run in the May 2022 national elections. We have already declared and at this point in time, there is no turning back,” Lacson said.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem is the first pairing to announce their candidacies after confirming in July their plan. They were supposed to launch their campaign on 4 August, but decided to move it on 8 September in light of the surge of coronavirus cases in the country.

They also bared a list of their senatorial candidates  including former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.

Lacson, who will gun for the presidency for the second time, hopes that voters will not be “swayed” by entertainment and politics and will elect officials who can truly lead the country. “As long as the campaign runs on issues involving our people’s desire for good governance made possible by fixing a systematically broken government, we are good,” he said.