MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson is among those rumored to run in the presidential elections next year side by side with Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
Though Sotto confirmed he is considering the vice presidential race, his preferred presidential running mate is yet to decide on the matter.
Lacson said they are still weighing things as of the moment and the decision is not yet final.
The former police chief still has one term in the Senate but he is weighing two options regarding his career – to run for president or to retire from public service.
“Sabi ko sige, hindi ko muna isara yung pinto pero baka pwedeng magkonsulta tayo sa mga nakakaalam para i-measure natin yung ating kapasidad kung kaya ba nating tugunan yung naglalakihang problema ng bansa,” Lacson said.
“Kasi kung hindi rin lang natin kakayanin, bakit pa? Anong legacy pa ang ating gustong ialay? Sabi niya, ‘Gusto ko lang ipakita na kayang i-solve ang illegal drugs’,” Lacson said quoting his conversation with Sotto.
In case Lacson decides not to pursue a bid, he said his support remains with Sotto.
Lacson confirmed he was offered to run as nominee of the 1Sambayan Coalition.
But he is more likely to turn down the offer after a comment by retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on him being the principal sponsor of the Anti-Terrorism Law in the Senate.
Carpio was among the petitioners of the law in the Supreme Court.
“Kasi sa akin, any self respecting person or individual, na-preclude ka na tapos ngayon iimbitahin ka. Meron naman siguro akong respeto sa sarili ko para, ‘ano pupunta pa ba ako sa inyo?” Lacson said of the offer.
“I am more inclined to decline than participate,” he added.
UNTV News has yet to receive a comment from the 1Sambayan on the issue.
In case he decides to run, Lacson said he is open to collaborating with other parties.
“I hope maging parehas ang laban pagdating sa social media platforms. Ngayon pa lang meron akong alam na isang high official sabihin na nating undersecretary na nag-oorganize na sa buong bansa bawat probinsya hinihingan na ng quota na mag-organize ng at least 2 trolls sa bawat probinsya,” he said. MNP (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
Manila, Philippines – Binalaan ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Dionardo Carlos ang mga pulis na hindi magtatrabaho para sa seguridad ng susunod na halalan sa bansa.
Ayon kay Carlos, patuloy siyang nagsasagawa ng assessment sa trabaho ng field commanders upang malaman kung ginagampanan ng mga ito ang kanilang mga tungkulin.
Kung mapapatunayang hindi nila ginagawa ang kanilang trabaho at hindi produktibo ay maaari silang alisin sa pwesto.
“This is not the time to relax, this is the time to perform. I do not wish to fail on the task ahead,” ani Carlos.
“Pagka nakita namin na laging left behind you’re not doing your job, I might put somebody else who can do the job, kasi kailangan kami lahat sumusunod. Kapag meron d’yan na hindi sumusunod in the desire of the organization for a peaceful election then as early as now I’m continuously assessing the different field commanders so that it will also serve as a warning,” dagdag pa niya.
Binigyang-diin ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya ang kahalagahan ng pakikiisa ng bawat isa para sa pagkakaroon ng mapayapang halalan sa bansa.
“If they do not contribute, they are not distinctly contributing to the mission and function with the goals of the organization I said. I will tell them, ‘get out,'” ani Carlos.
Ginawa ni Carlos ang pahayag sa gitna ng mga ginagawang security preparations para sa 2022 elections.
Kabilang sa mga pinaghahandaan ng pulisya ay ang kampanya laban sa private armed groups (PAGS), paglaganap ng loose firearms at pagbabantay sa mga pulitiko na posibleng gumamit ng serbisyo ng PAGs upang takutin ang kanilang mga kalaban sa pulitika. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Umapela ang Malakanyang sa publiko na bigyan pa ng panahon si Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang magpasya sa kung sino ang susuportahan nitong kandidato sa pagka-pangulo sa 2022 elections.
Kasunod na rin ito ng pag-atras sa halalan ng ini-endorso niyang si Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
“Si Pangulo has options, has choices that he has to make and we should give him the time to make those options; to make those choices; to make those decisions and give him the leeway to make the announcement kung kinakailangan at kung kailan niya gusto gawin. Hintayin na lang po natin si Pangulong Duterte,” ang pahayag ni acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles.
Una nang sinabi ni Go na umatras siya sa halalan dahil ayaw aniya ng kanyang pamilya na sumabak ito sa presidential race.
Ayaw rin umano niyang ilagay sa mahirap na sitwasyon ang pangulo dahil sa pagtakbo ng anak nitong si Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte bilang bise presidente, katambal ni presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Sinabi naman ng pangulo na iginagalang niya ang desisyon ni Go lalo’t para ito sa kapakanan ng kanyang pamilya.
Noong Martes inianunsyo ni Go ang pag-atras sa halalan ngunit hindi pa ito personal na humaharap sa Commission on Elections upang pormal na bawiin ang kandidatura.
Kasunod ng pag-atras ni Go, nanawagan naman ang mga kaalyado ng administrasyon na suportahan na lang ng pangulo ang tambalang Bongbong at Sara para sa 2022 elections.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday told political aspirants, parties, and their supporters that political rallies are still prohibited amid the persisting threat of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the newly discovered variant, Omicron.
In a statement, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said that special gatherings will only be allowed if permitted by the local government unit concerned and all public health protocols are strictly observed.
“Bawal pa po ang mga political rally. Hindi pa po campaign period. We have been seeing candidates, both national and local, staging political rallies here and there which gather hundreds if not thousands of people. Hindi pa po tapos ang pandemya. Parating pa ang Omicron variant,” he said.
“We cannot put our guard down. The Omicron variant has already reached many countries and it’s only a matter of time before it reaches us,” he added.
The DILG chief appealed to candidates, political parties, and their supporters nationwide to refrain from holding political rallies that will gather massive crowd, as this may become super-spreader events especially when health protocols are compromised.
Año stressed that only caravans and motorcades were given the green light because there is physical distancing and these are usually held for a limited time only.
They are also held in open areas where the possibility of the transmission of the coronavirus is small.
“Nakamonitor ang mga kapulisan sa mga caravan or motorcade at sinisiguro nila na may physical distancing, hindi katulad sa mga political rally na mahirap ikontrol ang mga tao,” he said.
“There is a time for everything and now is not the time to gather a huge number of people. Let’s wait for the campaign period. We are fortunate na bumababa ang kaso sa ating bansa but this is not the time to push our luck. COVID-19 is still here and we can’t be complacent,” he added.
The Commission on Elections said the official campaign period for the 2022 elections begins on February 8, 2022 for national candidates, and March 25, 2022 for local bets, including the position of Members of the House of Representatives.
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