Retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and senatorial aspirant Gen. Guillermo Eleazar did not shy away from stating that one of the reasons why he joined the senatorial slate of tandem Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is that he idolizes the former PNP chief.
“Hindi ko itatago ay idolo ko yan kumbaga noong ‘yan ang Chief PNP namin noon. I was there Chief of Police, San Pedro, Laguna nakita ko kung paanong tumino ang ating kapulisan. In fact marami sa aking programa na ipinattern ko rin sa kaniya (I will not hide it but he is my idol. When he was our PNP chief before and I was the Chief of Police of San Pedro, Laguna I saw how he straightened out the police force. In fact, I have patterned a lot of my programs after his),” Eleazar told reporters on Monday, Nov. 15.
Eleazar filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday. the last day for submission of withdrawals and substitutions.
When asked why he chose to be part of the Lacson-Sotto tandem, he told reporters outside the Comelec that Lacson was the first one who invited him and convinced him to run for senator.
“Dahil siguro nakita niya ang mga kwalipikasyon ko na pwedeng makatulong sa kanya at ako ay kapareho niya naging Chief PNP (Maybe he saw some of my qualifications that may help him and that we were both became PNP chiefs),” he explained.
Eleazar also mentioned that when he heard the objectives and goals of Lacson, it was aligned also with his own principles.
The former PNP chief, after turning down multiple times the offer to run for office, had a change of heart as he turned 56 on Saturday, Nov. 13 the mandatory retirement age for the PNP chief. He will be running under Partido Para Sa Demokratikong Reporma where Lacson is the standard-bearer.
He substituted for senatorial aspirant Paolo Capino who on Friday, Nov 12 announced that he would withdraw his candidacy due to low survey ranking.