If the May 2019 midterm elections were held today, Senator Panfilo Lacson said he would vote for former senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, cardiologist Dr. Willie Ong, and the seven senators seeking another six-year term in the Senate.
During a “Kapihan sa Senado” forum, Lacson said he believed Roxas would be a “good addition” to the Senate and to the upper chamber’s minority bloc.
“He is a good addition to the Senate; he is an asset, to say the least,” Lacson said, Thursday.
He added that Roxas’ expertise on economic affairs would greatly help the Senate advance all pending economic measures.
The senator also defended Roxas against critics who blamed the former interior secretary supposedly for mismanaging the funds for the rehabilitation of Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda.’
“He really didn’t have anything to do with the funds for ‘Yolanda.’ I find it unfair that he became the poster boy for ‘Yolanda’,” Lacson said.
Then President Benigno Aquino III appointed Lacson to lead the government’s rehabilitation efforts in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by ‘Yolanda’ in the Eastern Visayas.
“I would just like to correct that very wrong impression that he abused the funds for ‘Yolanda’. Far from it…it never happened,” Lacson said.
“Kahit yun man lang ang maitulong ko kay Mar Roxas, ma-correct lang yung sana yun, at wag naman ibato sa kanya ang isyu. Because there was no way for him to take advantage of the funds,” Lacson stressed.
Lacson also admitted he has a soft heart for all the reelectionist senators who are running in the upcoming polls.
Senators who are seeking reelection this year are Grace Poe, Nancy Binay, Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Cynthia Villar, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.
Lacson, a member of the Senate majority, had also endorsed Aquino’s senatorial bid, even though the latter is a member of the opposition and is running under the “Otso Diretso” coalition.
The senator has come out with a political advertisement endorsing Aquino and crediting him for the passage of the Free College Law or Republic Act 10931 known as the “Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.”
“We, in the majority, have agreed that we will, in our own little way, help all of them succeed because we are already familiar with their work ethic. It’s hard to venture on candidates whom you don’t know what kind of disturbance they would bring to the chamber,” he said.
Likewise, Lacson said Ong made it to his list of senatorial candidates he would vote for because he found the physician a “decent man” whom the Senate would need to introduce much-needed reforms in the health sector.
Lacson said he already has 10 senatorial bets in mind but he declined to name the remaining candidate on his list.
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Lacson says he would vote for Roxas, Ong, 7 reelectionist senators