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Alvarez will not push Lacson to backout from race: Let him determine

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Panfilo Lacson (left) and Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez. INQUIRER FILES

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — Davao del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez just isn’t planning to ask Panfilo Lacson to rethink his presidential bid, saying such a selection is for the senator to determine.

Alvarez mentioned this throughout a press briefing on the provincial capitol on Thursday, following his endorsement of Vice President Leni Robredo for president.

Alvarez mentioned his resolution to again Robredo’s run for the presidency was a private selection.

Lacson was the standard-bearer of Partido Reporma, the place Alvarez serves as president. Lacson left as party chairman earlier than Alvarez announced his support for Robredo’s presidential bid.

“Alam mo, private resolution kasi ‘yan. Hindi po madali ‘yong desisyon na ‘yon,” mentioned the previous speaker of the Home of Representatives.

“Ako naman, ayoko personally kumbinishin si Senator Ping at siguro mas maganda na hayaan natin siyang mag-desisyon kung ano talaga ‘yung para sa bayan na mas maganda,” he added.

When requested if he had talked to Lacson earlier than making the choice to again Robredo, Alvarez mentioned they solely mentioned the matter by textual content messages.

“Hindi kami nakapag-usap na ni Sen. Ping nang private, pero by textual content messages, nag-communicate kami. Dito sa desisyon na ito ay nagusap-usap kami, lahat ng mayors at leaders namin sa probinsya, at ‘yung napagkasunduan namin na susuportahan namin ang kandidatura ni Vice President Leni Robredo,” he mentioned.

Alvarez additionally defined that he and different Partido Reporma members would have most popular to nonetheless assist Lacson, however the latest electoral panorama confirmed that Robredo could also be the very best wager to forestall the return of the Marcoses – by Bongbong Marcos – to Malacañang.

Pulse Asia’s newest survey performed February 18-23 exhibits that Lacson ranks fifth among the many main presidential candidates, garnering the approval of simply 2 p.c of the grownup respondents.

In the identical survey, Senator Manny Pacquiao acquired 8 p.c, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagosos obtained 10 p.c, Robredo acquired 15 p.c, and Marcos acquired 60 p.c.

Nonetheless, Alvarez was all praises for Lacson, citing the senator’s achievements and advocacies. Alvarez even known as the previous nationwide police chief a defender of the nationwide funds and a proponent of devolving energy to native authorities models.


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