Senators: Pandemic response a factor in the 2022 elections

Published May 18, 2021, 12:34 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto on Tuesday said the COVID-19 pandemic response by the Duterte administration would be a factor in the 2022 elections.

‘’A good vaccine roll out will enable the business to open up and create jobs in the process. A slow vaccine roll out will close down businesses and (cause) people to loose there jobs,’’ Recto said.

After a consecutive two six-year term as senator ending in mid-2022, Recto is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque was quoted as saying that a positive pandemic response by the Duterte would boost the chances of pro-administration bets in the 2022 polls.

Senator Juan Edgardo ‘’Sonny’’ M. Angara said there might be a correlation with how the electorate would perceive the administration performs come May, 2022.

‘’If conditions improve and the perception is the administration did well then it’s candidates could get an electoral windfall; if the opposite happens then we could get an opposite result,’’ he pointed out.

In so far as Senator Panfilo M. Lacson is concerned, now is not a good time to talk politics.

‘’It is better to make COVID-19 history before 2022. I don’t care who gets the credit,’’ he added.