Lacson-Sotto tandem confirmed for 2022; Zubiri included in their lineup

It’s confirmed! Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson will run for President in the 2022 national elections. His Vice President is Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. The two will make an official announcement on August 4, 2021.

Lacson is an independent candidate while Sotto is part of the National People’s Coalition. Sotto said that their track record in government service, a combined 83 years of experience, will be their edge over other candidates. He said that the Lacson-Sotto tandem can offer “Kakayahan, katapatan, katapangan.”

The Lacson-Sotto senatorial lineup was also disclosed. Among those named were former Commission on Elections Commissioner Atty. Goyo Larrazabal, Chiz Escudero, JV Ejercito, Dick Gordon, Sherwin Gatchalian, Loren Legarda, Gringo Honasan, Joel Villanueva, Lucy Gomez and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections is set for October.

Senator Tito Sotto III (right), Senator Panfilo Lacson (left), and National People’s Coalition Chief Legal Counsel Atty. Goyo Larrazabal (center) at the Barasoain Museum. (Photo courtesy of Atty. Goyo Larrazabal)

Zubiri, for his part, released the following statement on his inclusion in the lineup:

“I’m honored and humbled by the Senate President’s endorsement of my reelection bid. Nakita naman po nang ating Mahal na SP kung gaano po kami magtrabaho sa Senado na nagingibabaw sa aming grupo ang kapakanan nang taong bayan bago partido o sarili. Malaking karangalan po sa akin na maka kuha nang endorsement mula sa Nationalist Peoples Coalition bilang Senator sa kanilang line-up. At pangako po namin sa taong bayan ay itutuloy po namin ang Performance based public service at hindi pamumulitika lamang. Muli Maraming Salamat sa Aming Senate President at sa NPC.”

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