Ping Lacson TV ads spark ‘dark horse’ talks for 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:33

By NONOY E. LACSON

Two television commercials urging former Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson to run for president injected a fresh new twist to the closely watched 2016 presidential race, with Senate Minority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III declaring that Lacson is definitely a dark horse should he decide to throw his hat in the ring.

The commercials, one featuring children chanting the traditional playtime rhyme “Pen Pen De Sarapen” with lyrics urging Lacson to run, and another featuring a corner store crowd talking about the former senator’s popular anti-graft and corruption persona, started airing earlier in the week in several primetime spots.

“Seryoso ako kay Ping; siya ang dark horse,” Sotto told reporters during the opening of the Senate’s regular session Wednesday afternoon. “Nakita ko kasi ang (TV) commercial niya, dark horse ito.”

The Senate minority leader added that Lacson is known to be a decisive leader and crusader against graft and corruption, qualities that most voters want for the next Philippine president.

Lacson for his part said Sotto’s pronouncement reflects growing public interest to hear and see other names that can be considered as good presidential candidates.

“There’s apparently a raging debate where qualification is more important in considering a good presidential candidate,” Lacson said. “His advertence to me seems timely and uncanny.”

Lacson, who recently served as President Aquino’s rehabilitation czar and oversaw the coordinated recovery efforts in areas battered by Typhoon Yolanda in late 2013, was a former chief of the Philippine National Police where he gained enormous respect and admiration for whipping the 100,000-strong organization into shape.

As a two-term senator, Lacson further distinguished himself for refusing to touch his “pork barrel” allocation totalling P24 billion over 12 years.

Some of the laws he authored are Republic Act (RA) 9160, as amended by RA 9194, otherwise known as the Anti-Money Laundering Act; RA 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007; and RA 9166, An Act Increasing the Base Pay of the Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. — Nonoy E. Lacson