CALLS for former Senator Panfilo Lacson to join the 2016 presidential race gained momentum after group of workers and farmers made the former lawmaker its official bet for president next year.
The Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka (PMM), which is said to be the 3rd oldest political party in the Philippines, will be launching the “Lacson for President Movement” (LPM) to make their stand official.
Jose Malvar Villegas Jr., who heads PMM, said the party chose Lacson because he possesses the characteristics of a leader that the country needs.
According to the group, Lacson never used his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel when he was a senator. The Supreme Court declared PDAF unconstitutional in 2013. He also proved his ability to instil discipline when he was appointed as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the term of former President Joseph Estrada.
The PMM said Lacson’s clean record and political will sets him apart from other presidential candidates.
Carlo Batalla, PMM secretary general, said the consensus of adopting Lacson as the PMM’s official presidential candidate was arrived at during a survey held among group members on May 1.
The “Lacson for President Movement” is headed by socio-civic leader Eduardo “Ed” Madrid and business-political leader Rommel Zagado as co-chairman.
Shariff Ibrahim Albani is the national adviser while former Comelec Commissioner Amado Calderon is the chief legal adviser with Don Anton de Nieva as finance officer.
The launching of the “Lacson For President Movement” will be held at the Astoria Plaza in Pasig City on May 22, 2015.
This is the third time that PMM may declare as its presidential candidate a former military officer, the first was retired general and former President Fidel Ramos and former Armed Force Chief of Staff General Renato de Villa.
Earlier, a group of retired officers of the defunct Philippine Constabulary (PC), Philippine National Police and the Armed Force of the Philippines aired their support for Lacson and urged the former lawmaker and Sen. Grace Poe to team up and run in 2016.