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.
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.