Lacson: Go-Duterte tandem in 2022 makes Davao City politics national in scope

Published March 12, 2021, 3:50 PM

by Mario Casayuran

The timing is bad and insensitive, to say the least.

This was how Senator Panfilo M. Lacson viewed the Pulse Asia survey which showed a Go-Duterte tandem being a favored combination in the race for the 2022 presidential and vice presidential race.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson (Albert Calvelo/ Senate PRIB)

Go stands for Senator Christopher “Bong’’ Go while Duterte stands for President Duterte. Duterte is denied by the Constitution from seeking another term since it only allows a one-time six-year term for a Philippine President.

“Save probably for the Go-Duterte tandem, those are the most unlikely pairings used in the survey. Assuming that the tandem materializes, wittingly or unwittingly, they may be converting the whole country into the politics of Davao City,’’ Lacson said.

Both Duterte and Go are from Davao.

Lacson, however, favors the government flexing its police powers under the Constitution to make sure that the further spread of COVID-19 is prevented or controlled.

When asked by Senate reporters whether he favors a planned reimposition of curfews, Lacson replied: “Yes, we need to tighten up on the unnecessary movements of people, not to mention stricter implementation of the health protocols like distancing, wearing of masks and shields, washing and regular disinfection plus contact tracing.

“Dapat ang focus ngayon ay sa lumalalang sitwasyon ng pandemya. kesa gagastusin ang pera sa pag commission ng mga survey,’’ he added. (The focus should be on the deteriorating pandemic instead of using money for commissioning of surveys.)

“I-ambag na lang sa pag tulong sa mga naapetektuhan ng COVID-19 lalo na yung mga nasa ospital na wala naming pambayad dahil nawalan ng trabaho (The money spent for commissioning surveys should have been used to help those affected by COVID-19 who do not have the means to pay for their hospitalization because they lost their jobs),’’ he added.

Thus the timing of the political survey is bad, he explained.