Senator Panfilo Lacson will be exclusively campaigning for and with the administration slate bannered by presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and his running mate, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo.
Lacson on Tuesday said he owes Roxas a lot since the Liberal Party standard-bearer in the May 2016 elections vouched for his integrity back in 2009 when Lacson was being accused of staging a crime from Greenhills in San Juan City (Metro Manila).
“I will be [only]with Mar and Leni. [I owe Mar a debt of gratitude]. He executed an affidavit way back in 2009, when we were still in the Senate, testifying that I was with him in the UN office in New York when I was being accused of planning a crime from Greenhills [on the same day],” the senator said.
“His affirmation was brought before the DOJ [Department of Justice] even if he was about to leave for his honeymoon with Korina [Sanchez]. I will join him because he stands for the truth. When he knew that I was a victim of injustice, he immediately helped me. It would be awkward if I will join other campaigns,” Lacson added.
He is also a guest candidate of the Partido Galing at Puso bannered by independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe and her running mate Sen. Francis Escudero.
Poe is leading Roxas by 10 percentage points, 30 to 20 percent, based on Pulse Asia survey results released three days before the campaign period kickoff on Tuesday.
But Lacson won’t be swayed by the ratings, at least not yet.
“If I appear before another team, it would be a bad reflection on my part. If I’m not with the team, I will go solo so as to amplify my message of budget reform of allocating more resources for the LGUs [local government units]because around P500 billion remains unspent by the national government,” he said.
“Being a guest candidate is a privilege that can be taken away anytime,” Lacson added.