Senate President Vicente Sotto III confirmed on June 7 that he will “definitely” team up with Senator Panfilo Lacson in the 2022 polls if the latter decides to join the presidential race.
Seemingly unfazed by the possibility of running against President Rodrigo Duterte, Sotto said that several sectors and members of his party, Nationalist People's Coalition partners have approached him and Lacson regarding their 2022 prospects.
“[W]e are seriously contemplating on it, kasi (because) there are some groups and some sectors that have approached me and Sen. Lacson,” the Senate president told reporters.
Sotto added that, unlike other politicians, he doesn’t go back on his word when it comes to politics.
“I am not in the habit of saying that I will not run and then all of a sudden I will file my certificate of candidacy. Let the other politicians do that. Not on our party,” said Sotto, who chairs the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).
Sotto said he would make his final decision after Duterte’s State of Nation Address in July. In a resolution, the ruling PDP-Laban party officially urged its chairman Duterte to run for vice president in 2022 – a move that some political commentators called a "bastardization" of the election process.
Acknowledging that the president is “a formidable competitor,” Sotto said he will concentrate on his strengths.
“But if I offer myself to run and be an alternative for the people to vote for, then I will concentrate on what I have to offer. The other candidates will not have any effect on my resolve," he said.
Sotto first admitted in a television interview that he was thinking about joining the 2022 vice presidential race.
Asked about his timeline in announcing his political plans, Sotto said he will finalize it before the filing of candidacy in October.
“July, maybe August, September, thereabouts,” he said.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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