Statements of Sen. Ping Lacson and SP Tito Sotto on the issues involving the April 17, 2022 press conference
Lacson: Never Too Late to Respect the Filipino Voters
With the campaign period for the May 9 elections nearing the homestretch, it is not too late for candidates to show respect: Respect for one another, respect for the election process, and most importantly, respect for our voters.
Respect for our voters can best be shown by offering them as many choices as possible – which is why my running mate Senate President Sotto and I have made it a point not to ask other candidates to withdraw even as we maintain our stand against negative and baseless personal attacks.
Having said that, there is a whale of a difference between not making personal and baseless attacks and calling out preemptive maneuvers by some camps to have other bets withdraw – if not officially, then by their “operators.”
Our country and our people are nearing a critical point in our history. We cannot afford to choose the wrong leader.
Sotto: Upholding the Sovereignty of the Filipino Voters
When Senator Lacson and I signed a joint statement with other Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, it was to uphold the sovereignty of the Filipino voters as they choose our new leaders on May 9.
Let me reiterate that we – along with the other signatories – committed to serve in the government of whoever among us is chosen; to combine our forces against any attempt to subvert the will of the electorate by limiting their choices; and to continue with our respective campaigns to give our voters the most choices possible.
That said, it is not automatic that we share the views or statements of other candidates on matters outside the joint statement, much less agree to be bound by such views.