• Group wants Lacson to run in 2016


    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.


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    1. Jigs Magpantay on

      Ping Lacson in his first term as senator sought the abolition of pork barrel system in the legislative branch. After his eloquent privilege speech in the senate his call fell in the dumb ears of his colleges until the pork barrel scandal broke out. He was the only senator that refused pork use. During his incumbency as PNP chief he instilled discipline among his ranks with his “no kotong” stance. Car theft was reduced and more stolen cars were returned to its original owners. . With strong political will to fight poverty and corruption. He could be a better alternative to lead this troubled country.

    2. I hope he wins this time. We need a leader like him to lead the country and not a pussies like FVR, GMA etc. all his controversies in the pasts? well the Kuratong Baleleng gangs were hardcore criminals and they do not deserve any human rights. I commend Lacson for exterminating them forever. Bobby Dacer? its never proven and Mr Dacer had several problems with the government and so someone out there maybe the suspect but not Lacson. His resignation as Typhoon Yolanda rehab ceazar is because of too much red tape and bureaucracy that he hates and not being able to do much due to limitations in his authority that’s why he resigned and I don’t blame him. so Go for Lacson the new president and watch how fast the criminals will start hiding and running away.

    3. The deepest worry about Lacson as a possible successor of President Benigno Aquino III is his lack of transparency, especially about his past. He was with the Metropolitan Command Intelligence and Security Group (1971-1986) during the unlamented and murderous martial law years. He is like a slightly tinted glass through which could only see things darkly. And unless he becomes totally transparent about himself, no vote for him, more than that, people shall not give him the chance to be our next president.

      Specifically, here are the doubts about him. First, to this day that he has blood on his hands—from the “Kuratong Baleleng” rubout case (1995)—despite the fact that the Supreme Court had acquitted him of that dastardly crime.

      Second, on the murder of PR practitioner Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito on Feb. 16, 2010, it is hard to believe that former police official Cesar Mancao retracted his testimony against Lacson without some kababalaghan (mysterious arrangements). The statement of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima after Lacson fled the country: “Flight is a sign of guilt.” Why did Lacson hide if he was not guilty?

      Third is Lacson’s resignation as the czar of reconstruction and rehabilitation programs for the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda” in Nov. 8, 2013. He never explained fully the reasons behind his resignation. He simply “vanished,” and so suddenly. Why? His resignation was not really a resignation but an act of desertion—of people in their direst hour of need.