A no-nonsense, corruption-free brand of leadership will be the best weapon against syndicates, both inside and outside the government.
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson offered this brand of leadership on Wednesday as he filed his Certificate of Candidacy for President for the May 2022 general elections.
“Kahit minsan hindi tumanggap ng suhol kapalit ang serbisyo publiko – nananatiling walang bahid ng korapsyon ang siya naming gagamiting pinakamabisang armas upang buwagin ang mga sindikato sa loob at sa labas man ng gobyerno (A corruption-free brand of leadership is our strongest weapon against syndicates in and out of the government),” he said after filing his COC.
With Lacson was Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, who filed his COC for Vice President.
Lacson – who during his public service gained experience as a soldier, Philippine National Police chief, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery and senator – reiterated his leadership will include a disciplined bureaucracy and the proper use of the national budget to benefit all Filipinos, especially those in remote areas.
“Marapat lamang na mauna ang kapakanan ng higit na nakararaming Pilipino (It is only proper that we prioritize the greatest number of Filipinos),” he said.
Lacson said it is time for Filipinos to get back their dignity and self-respect, but this should start with their leaders.
“Kapag ang namumuno ay matino at nirerespeto, panalo ang pangkaraniwang Pilipino (When the leaders are competent and well-respected, the ordinary Filipino wins)!” he said.
For his part, Sotto said he and Lacson are offering themselves now to the people to hold the reins of the executive department.
“We know the ills, we know the solution. Balance the budget, budget reform, bring the money to the people and enhance the fight against illegal drugs by more emphasis on demand reduction strategy. Victory can only be achieved through God’s grace. We choose to trust Him every step of the way,” he said.