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Ping-Tito roll dice, announce presidential, VP bids

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Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Senator Vicente Sotto III last week formally announced their respective candidacies for president and vice-president in the May 2022 polls, vowing to implement anti-corruption measures once they are elected to office.


In a pre-taped ceremony, the Ping-Sotto campaign launch, headlined “Ito ang Simula,” coincided with the national assembly of the ruling PDP-Laban party in Pampanga which saw the anointing of President Duterte as their official candidate for vice president. Mr. Duterte’s running mate as president was not made known at the time.


“We have the proven competence, integrity and courage to lead the country so we can rise from the rut we are in,” he said.


Lacson, who heads the Partido Reporma party, and Sotto, who leads the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), have a combined public service track record of over 80 years.


Lacson described the upcoming elections as one of the most important in history: “We are nearing a crossroads…and we cannot afford to choose the wrong direction in charting the course of our nation in the next six years.”


“Corruption is rampant; illegal drugs are still prevalent; some parts of our territory in the West Philippine Sea are disappearing. These are just some of the biggest problems which cause despair among Filipinos,” Lacson pointed out.


Sotto decried it has reached a point that Filipinos can no longer ignore what is happening in government and the economy.


“We need to respond. We need to take action. We promise we will not stop this fight until the order of our country is restored,” he said.


Sotto said that he and Lacson are offering themselves as the next leaders due to their love of country and belief in Filipinos.

Photo: Daily Tribune / Rappler


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