WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Presidential candidate Senator Panfilo Lacson is holding his miting de avance on Friday, May 6, in Carmona in Cavite, his home province.
He is joined by his running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
The tandem comes full circle, having kicked off their campaign also in Cavite, in the city of Imus, in February.
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2022 elections could be last hurrah for Lacson-Sotto
Why did Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson run again for president in 2022, after he lost his bid for the same position 18 years ago and despite early surveys showing him lagging behind other aspirants?
Consider it Lacson’s “last hurrah,” Rappler investigative editor Miriam Grace Go said in a panel discussion coinciding with the final rallies of most presidential candidates on Saturday, May 7.
“I think it’s the last hurrah for their generation. He and [running mate Tito] Sotto are the oldest candidates in their respective races,” Go said in a mix of English and Filipino.
Both 73 years old, Lacson and Sotto see no problem with their age affecting their performance should they be elected as president and vice president of the Philippines. The two even used their age to their advantage during the 2022 election campaign period, calling themselves as the most experienced candidates.
Go said that consistent with his “Mr. Clean” image, Lacson, both in 2004 and 2022, clearly ran out of frustration with the corruption and incompetence he saw in the administration during those times. In 2004, he ran against incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; in 2022, he offered a kind of governance that was unlike Rodrigo Duterte’s.
Presidential candidate Ping Lacson delivers miting de avance speech
Presidential candidate Ping Lacson now onstage: Napakarami na naming pinuntahang lugar, pero babalik at babalik ako sa lalawigan ng Cavite.— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 6, 2022
Lacson says during the height of the pandemic, a large corporation contacted him and Sotto and sent food packs to Cavite's health workers. pic.twitter.com/rTLdfpnmMx
Vice presidential candidate Tito Sotto delivers miting de avance speech
Vice presidential candidate Tito Sotto now delivers his miting de avance speech. Sets backdrop of a Philippines plagued crises. #PHVote #WeDecide | via @ramboreports— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 6, 2022
WATCH: https://t.co/7tg9W8JS2S pic.twitter.com/8D2Ju6pxhb
Vic Sotto hypes the crowd at Lacson-Sotto miting de avance
Senatorial candidate Guillermo Eleazar: Lacson is the most qualified
Senatorial candidate Minguita Padilla at the Lacson-Sotto miting de avance
Senatorial candidate Dr Minguita Padilla is first candidate in Lacson-Sotto slate to speak tonight.— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 6, 2022
She thanks supporters for never leaving them. #PHVote #WeDecide | via @ramboreports
WATCH: https://t.co/7tg9W8JS2S pic.twitter.com/FLFMcV8LIF
Crowd for the Lacson-Sotto tandem miting de avance
Ciara Sotto, Pauleen Luna and Alan K serve as hosts for the Lacson-Sotto miting de avance
LOOK: Celebrities Ciara Sotto, Pauleen Luna and Alan K serve as hosts for the miting de avance of presidential candidate Ping Lacson and running mate Tito Sotto. #PHVote #WeDecide— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 6, 2022
WATCH: https://t.co/7tg9W8JS2S pic.twitter.com/fqdzV4qNH8