Lacson poses questions people must answer on Go-Duterte 2021 candidacy

Published July 9, 2021, 12:04 PM

by Mario Casayuran

The ‘’seriousness’’ of President Duterte’s decision to run for vice president still lies with the people, particularly the electorate who will choose the next leaders of this country.

The issue could clearly be understood by simply making a choice between ‘’more of the same’’ or ‘’change’’, Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate National Defense and Security committee, said.

We should, according to Lacson, simply ask ourselves these questions:

* Have President Duterte and Senator (Christopher) ‘’Bong’’ Go made the lives of Filipinos better, or things need to be changed or reformed?

* Are Filipinos treated with more respect by the international community or not?

* Is there less corruption now, or is their government more corrupt?

* Are we safer in our homes and in the streets

* Is poverty up or down?

‘’If the choice is change, we can simply reject the status quo. If we are happy with what we have become for the last five years, then continuity should be a better option,’’ Lacson pointed out.

On his political ambitions, Go, former Special Assistant to President Duterte, said he is leaving his fate to God, to the Dutertes and to the Filipino people.

Although eGo continues to insists that he is not interested in running for a higher elective post, still the rumor mill says that a Go-Duterte tandem might just surprise the electorate.

Lacson and Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III are on a ‘’Tour of Luzon,’’ meeting local business leaders and feeling their sentiments on how best to run the government.

Lacson, a possible presidential candidate, had asked them whether government is best operated as a business corporation where officials have a 24/7 feel on how their enterprises are running.

Sotto said he would run for the vice presidency if his running mate is Lacson.

In a recent meeting of top officials of the ruling Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP)-Laban in Malacanang, Senator Ronald ‘’Bato’’ dela Rosa supported party resolutions urging Duterte to run to the vice presidency next year after his six-year-term as President expires in June 2022.

Dela Rosa said Duterte should be allowed to continue with his campaign against criminality, illegal drugs and, corruption and with his ‘’Build Build Build’’ program.