The election season in the Philippines has gotten a head start on Wednesday after the tandem of Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III formally launched their campaign ahead of the 2022 national elections.
Garnering momentum as the first candidates to launch their bid, the Lacson-Sotto tandem officially introduced themselves to Filipino voters through a pre-taped show attended by their supporters and families.
Their family members, production staff and select audience joined the candidates physically, while their party mates and other supporters were present virtually.
During their speech, the lawmakers vowed to restore order, end corruption and regain the trust of Filipinos to the government amid the ripple of ill-effects the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted onto the country’s economy.
Sotto, for his part, declared that it is time to unite and change the system as he walked right onto the stage with People Power Revolution’s iconic anthem “Magkaisa” playing in his background.
“Enough! We need to respond! We need to take action! We need to work together to prevent and correct mistakes. This is the beginning,” he said.
“We promise that we will not stop this fight until the order of our country is restored. That’s a promise!” he added.
Lacson, meanwhile, touted the “80 years” of leadership between him and Sotto and stressed that their competence, integrity, and courage make them viable candidates for the country’s highest posts.
“It is a great challenge but we need to restore the trust of our people in the government and in the leaders of the country,” he said in his speech.
“I could not stress it enough — the right leaders must exemplify “Leadership by example” — not by words, but by actions. No leader can succeed if he cannot practice what he preaches,” he added.
Lacson will vie for presidency while Sotto will gun for vice president.
In June, their tandem were also the first ones to confirm their bid ahead of the upcoming polls.
They also discussed earlier that their platforms will revolve around anti-crime and budget reforms as they rally behind their tagline “Katapangan, Katapatan at Kakayahan ”.
While they have already unveiled an initial list of Senatoriables, Sotto said that they are eyeing to have a separate launch for their final slate.
“Planning stage. Soon as we complete them,” the Senate leader said in a message to reporters.
Among the names mentioned under their Senatorial slate earlier are former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sorsogon Governor Chiz Escudero and House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda.