Lacson welcomes ‘Odette’ ad spending donation challenge from Zubiri

Published January 13, 2022, 10:45 PM

by Ben Rosario

Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson on Thursday, Jan. 14 welcomed the appeal of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri for candidates in the 2022 national elections to donate part of their television advertising funds to victims of Typhoon ‘Odette”.

Presidential aspirant Sen. Panfilo Lacson

Lacson said he had done what Zubiri was asking for and “even more than” the Bukidnon lawmaker’s proposal.

“Migz, I’ve already done this. It’s even more than what you’re asking. But, yes, you made a good call,” Lacson said.

But Lacson stressed that in his political campaigns since he first ran for a national post in 2001, he never shelled out much for television advertisement.

“Well, sorry. Not a month. I thought a day. Hindi kaya (Can’t do it). I don’t remember having a month-long running TVC in all my campaigns,” he said.

TV advertisements usually drain the financial resources of candidates but remain the most effective in securing victory in an election.

Nevertheless, Lacson has been known for his willingness to help where needed most, but he does it without fanfare as proven in a letter he received last month from grateful police trainees in Isabela.

Lacson, as chairman of the Philippine National Police Foundation, donated some educational equipment for the Philippine National Police (PNP) Training Institute Regional Training Center 2 based in Cauayan City, Isabela, according to the letter.

“On behalf of the RTC 2 personnel and training staff of Regional Training Center 2, I would like to extend our profound gratitude and appreciation for the donations you have given to this institution,” said the center’s officer in charge, Police Lt. Col. Jean I. Dela Torre The letter was coursed through retired Police Maj. Gen. Victor G. Batac, the Executive Director of the PNP Foundation, which was established by private citizens in June 2000 with the goal to make the Philippines crime-free and safe by supporting the national police as it copes with the demands of an ever-evolving society.

Dela Torre wrote that the cadets at RTC 2 were “extremely thankful for your outpouring of support, which will be of great help to our trainees, and on our efforts in providing them the quality equipment which will increase their capacity in learning and will contribute to a pleasant classroom environment.”

“The generous support of individuals like you makes it possible for our training center to cater more to the basic needs of our students undergoing the phases of their regimented life and blended learning for career courses,” Dela Torre added.