2022 Philippine Elections

Lacson-Sotto ‘convincing’ Eleazar to be Senate bet

Rambo Talabong
Lacson-Sotto ‘convincing’ Eleazar to be Senate bet

FOR SENATE? In this file photo, then PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar talks to media about security measures during the filing of certificates of candidacy at the Comelec.

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Guillermo Eleazar is one of the most recognizable police chiefs under the Duterte administration

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III are convincing newly retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar to join their Senate slate.

“Still in the convincing stage,” Sotto told Rappler in a text message on Friday, November 12, when asked about having Eleazar in their roster.

The deadline for filing certificates of candidacy has already lapsed, but Eleazar could still be a Senate bet via substitution on or before November 15, in exchange for a Senate bet of Partido Reporma or the Nationalist People’s Coalition – parties headed by Lacson and Sotto, respectively.

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Why does this matter?

Eleazar is arguably one of the most charismatic and recognizable police chiefs in the Duterte government, second only to Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

While he is not a part of the so-called “Davao boys” of the police, Eleazar has made a name for himself for his inspections of police stations, which have led to climactic scenes caught on television, the papers and social medai.

Joining Lacson and Sotto would mean lending this popularity as the tandem also headlines their platforms with a renewed anti-illegal drugs campaign.

– Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.