Mon. Jun 21st, 2021

SEN. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is considering another run for the presidency in 2022 or retire from politics.

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And if he decides to run, he will pick Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd as his running mate.

“It’s between presidency or retirement,” Lacson said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday.

Sotto previously said he would run for vice president in next year’s polls but would only do so if Lacson will run for president.

“He’s (Sotto) determined for the VP (vice president) post. He asked me and I said, ‘I have no appetite actually [for any political post].’ I said, ‘I no longer consider returning to the Senate,'” Lacson said.

Lacson has served three terms as senator and ran for president in 2004 but lost to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“I think when it comes to legislative work, I’ve [already] done my part,” Lacson said.

“He (Sotto) appealed to me not to close the door,” he added.

Lacson said the country currently faces big challenges especially with the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. In the economic front, the World Bank recently cut the Philippines’ growth forecast for 2021 to 4.7 percent from 5.5 percent.

That is the reason why Lacson will seek consultations to help him determine if he and Sotto should run in 2022 elections.

“We should not be overconfident that we think we can solve all the country’s problems by ourselves. That’s misplaced hubris,” Lacson said. SOVEREIGNPH

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