Lacson, Sotto vow for a more dignified approach to leadership as they file COC

Published October 6, 2021, 3:33 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Partido Reporma chairman Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Wednesday, Oct. 6 vowed to reintroduce a more dignified approach in running the affairs of national government.

Lacson made the pledge as he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for president on Wednesday, October 6 at the Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City, for the upcoming May 2022 elections.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, his running mate, also submitted his COC for vice president.

Sotto is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition, which he also chairs.

Lacson said the public can vouch on his 40-year corruption-free track record in public service and law enforcement to implement the much-needed political and economic reforms that would ensure a highly improved and more disciplined bureaucracy for the next six years.

The veteran lawmaker said he is prepared to lead the country with competence, honesty and courage along with Sotto.

“Competence. Honesty. Courage. These are the qualities of the Lacson-Sotto tandem that aims to bring back the trust of our people to our government,” Lacson said in his speech.

“We never accepted bribes in exchange for public service. Our resistance to corruption will be our most effective weapon to take down syndicates operating inside or outside of government,” he added.

The incumbent Senate President echoed Lacson’s remark, saying the public can vouch for their excellent track record as legislators in the past 42 years.

“We offer ourselves now to the people to hold the reins of the executive department,” Sotto said.

“We have been churning legislation after legislation. There is much to be desired of how it is being executed. And we feel, we believe, that if we hold the reins of the executive department, we will be able to execute it well,” he added.

Lacson earlier vowed to address the extreme challenges posed by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

He said this will be one of their priorities when he and Sotto get elected as president and vice president in next year’s polls.