Partido Reporma on Monday October 18 welcomed the addition of television and radio personality Raffy Tulfo as part of the 15-man senatorial slate of party chairman and standard-bearer Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” C. Sotto III.
Tulfo confirmed that he has officially joined the Lacson-Sotto ticket in an interview with broadcast journalist Karen Davila during her program “Headstart” on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Monday (October 18, 2021).
“Yes, I just did. ‘Nung Saturday, tinanggap ko ‘yung offer ng kampo ni Senator Ping Lacson na maging guest candidate nila (Last Saturday, I accepted the offer from the camp of Senator Ping Lacson to be their guest candidate),” Tulfo told Davila.
Partido Reporma said adding someone like Tulfo in the list of potential future senators under the Lacson-Sotto banner reinforces the party’s drive to institutionalize its advocacies for social, economic, and political reforms.
“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa tiwala na ipinagkaloob sa akin nina Senator Ping Lacson at Senate President Tito Sotto na mapabilang sa kanilang senatorial slate bilang guest candidate. (I am grateful to the trust that Senator Ping Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto bestowed on me and for adding me as guest candidate in their senatorial slate),” Tulfo said.
Tulfo added that while he is part of the senatorial lineup of several political parties, he remains as an independent candidate because his loyalties lie with the Filipino people. “Maraming salamat po. Pilipino muna bago lahat. (Thank you. Filipinos first above anything else),” he said.
Reports on the possible inclusion of Tulfo in the Lacson-Sotto senatorial slate surfaced in late September as various political camps were preparing their official lists of candidates for the 2022 senatorial elections.
Tulfo is known for his anti-corruption stance and public service commitments, which is what the Lacson-Sotto leadership has also been advocating. He became popular via his radio program “Wanted sa Radyo,” which aired on Radyo5 92.3 News FM.
The program focused on giving legal aid to the poor and marginalized with domestic affairs issues and other cases of social injustice. This is connected with the vision of promoting equal rights and social inclusiveness, one of the principles espoused by Partido Reporma.