2022 Philippine Elections

Lacson on Reporma exit: ‘I was preparing for this’

Rambo Talabong
Lacson on Reporma exit: ‘I was preparing for this’

FUNDING PROBLEM. Partido Reporma candidates Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto speak to supporters at the Pasig Mega Market.

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Senator Panfilo Lacson will continue with his presidential campaign despite no national party endorsing his name

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson said he was not caught by surprise when on Wednesday, March 23, Partido Reporma president Pantaleon Alvarez called him to say that he was going to endorse another presidential candidate.

He felt the rift as early as a month ago.

“I knew it was forthcoming since I knew that ever since a month ago, he was making insinuations even though he was indirect about it,” Lacson said during a press briefing on Thursday, March 24.

Lacson announced that day that he had resigned from the party, seeing it improper that the party had endorsed an opponent even when he was its chairman.

Lacson said he dined with Sotto and Alvarez and there, the former congressman apparently commented that a certain candidate was “getting stronger.” It was at that time that campaign rallies of Vice President Leni Robredo drew more crowds and where she rose gradually in the election surveys.

“I saw it as early as then. That’s why I was preparing to do this,” Lacson said.

From then, Lacson said he stopped relying on Reporma for mounting his sorties and instead turned to retired uniformed personnel. He also said their funding was raised with little to no contribution from his former party.

Wala akong naramdaman (I felt nothing),” Lacson said.

As for how his campaign will change. Lacson said they will continue with their sorties until election day, despite no party carrying his candidacy to the polls. – Rappler.com

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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.