Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said he has high expectations for retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar who is seeking a Senate seat in the upcoming May 2022 national elections.
Lacson, on Saturday, Nov. 13, confirmed Eleazar would be running for the Senate under the Partido Reporma.
According to Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Eleazar is willing to continue his public service even after his retirement as PNP chief upon reaching his 56th birthday.
“Mukhang gusto niya. Siya na rin ang nakakaalam. Sa ngayon pagkakaalam ko gusto niya patuloy na pagsilbi sa ibang larangan (He wants to continue serving the nation. As far as I know he wants to continue his public service in a different field),” he said in a radio interview while in Bacolod City.
Earlier, Lacson said Eleazar informed him and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, his running mate, that he had plans to run for an elective post. He said Eleazar had informed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año of his decision but had not told his family.
“Eleazar’s addition to the Partido Reporma senatorial slate reinforces the Lacson-Sotto campaign’s edge in integrity, experience and courage in public service, as they expect the former PNP Chief to bring his toughness on crime and police abuse to the Senate with respect to legislation relevant to peace and order,” he said.
Lacson also thanked Paolo “Powee” Capino, who had decided to withdraw from the senatorial race to give way to Eleazar.
“You would have represented well the PWD (persons with disabilities) sector in the Senate. Nevertheless, Tito Sotto and I sincerely respect your decision. Good luck!” Lacson said on his Twitter account.