Lacson to voters: pay attention to solutions, not ‘political gimmicks’ in May 2022 polls

Published October 24, 2021, 11:12 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Partido Reporma chairman and standard bearer Senator Panfilo Lacson said voters should take into consideration the potential solutions candidates can offer for the betterment of the country given the enormous problems facing the country.

Lacson said the May 2022 national and local elections should be about solutions—not personalities—and more about “competence, experience and loyalty in public service.”

“The elections in May 2022 is not about personalities or those running for different elective positions either sa national or local. It is more about knowing the enormous problems and offering solutions. It is more about competence, experience, and loyalty in public service,” Lacson said at his and Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III’s “Online Kumustahan.”

“Ayusin natin ang gobyerno para maayos ang buhay ng Pilipino. Hindi ito kaya gawin ng isa, dalawa o sampung Pilipino lang (We should fix the ills of government to improve the lives of Filipinos. This cannot be done just by one, two or 10 Filipinos),” Lacson appealed in his address to residents of Antipolo City’s second district.

Lacson said it is high time for the people not to look at personalities or “gimmicks,” but instead at the seriousness of the problems especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic, the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief also said the Philippines is facing a huge debt crisis, corruption, the negative effects of the pandemic to the economy, and issues regarding the country’s sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea.

All these problems, he said, are “due to bad government” thus, the solution lies in “good government.”

“The biggest problem of this country is government – bad government. Ang solution hindi lalayo sa problema (the solution should not be far from the problem). It lies in the face of the problem itself. Government ang solution, good government,” Lacson stressed.

The senator also said it is imperative to restore people’s trust in the government, which is something he intends to do through policies, including disciplining the bureaucracy through leadership by example.

He also said the solutions to the problems must be based on data, science and research, even as the government must work more closely with the private sector and local government units instead of engaging in overregulation.

“Dapat maibalik ang tiwala sa liderato. At yan ang aming pagsisikapan (We should restore trust in our leadership. That is what the Lacson-Sotto tandem intends to do),” he said.