Robredo, Lacson/Sotto tandem discuss 2022 polls in meeting

Published July 28, 2021, 3:52 PM

by Mario Casayuran

Opposition Senator Francis ‘’Kiko’’ N. Pangilinan on Wednesday, July 28 said that he helped arrange the meeting between the Lacson-Sotto tandem and Vice President Leni Robredo as the forthcoming 2022 national election approaches.

Pangilinan, president of the 75-year-old Liberal Party (LP), told Senate reporters that the meeting is part of LP’s previously announced efforts at exploring uniting with other groups and personalities for the coming 2022 elections.

‘’As VP Leni said several weeks ago, the unity of all those who share a common belief in providing genuine solutions to the country’s problems is key come 2022 if we are to put the country on the right track towards succeeding in reaching the twin goals of defeating Covid and achieving economic recovery,’’ he said.

Lacson earlier admitted that he and Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, chairman of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), talked to the LP, Vice President Robredo and former Senator Paolo Benigno ‘’Bam’’ A. Aquino.

Tomorrow (July 29), Lacson will take his oath of office as chairman of Partido Reforma, a party formed by former Defense Secretary Renato de Villa.

The place and time of such event remained undisclosed.

Lacson, however, told Senate reporters that he would provide them with pictures of the event because the venue is ‘’private.’’

His joining the Reforma is the second political party he would be aligning with since he left the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) in 2004.

Lacson ran and won as senator in 2001 under the banner of the LDP.

He said he broke away from the LDP after it adopted the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) its presidential candidate without a party convention in 2004.

‘’Since then, I remained independent until now that I’ll be joining Reporma which was the party that launched the candidacy of former SND (Secretary of National Defense) Renato de Villa,’’ he explained.