Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon attempted to push for a tandem between Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III even if Sotto already announced he was running with Senator Panfilo Lacson.
In an online forum Thursday (October 14), Lacson said he felt “insulted” at Drilon’s blatant push for a Robredo-Sotto tandem in the guise of unifying the opposition.
“After our second meeting with VP Robredo and Senator Drilon, I felt that hindi naman talaga unification ang intention o yung objective,” Lacson shared.
“During our second meeting, using hand motion, si Senator Drilon mismo, itinuro niya si Vice Presient Leni saka si Senate President Sotto na sila yung magka-tandem,” the senator added.
Lacson said that while he didn’t notice Drilon’s hand gesture during the meeting, he was told about it by Sotto afterwards.
“It’s good that I did not notice it. I was only informed by the Senate President after our meeting. Sabi niya ‘Di mo ba napansin na yung dalawang daliri ni Frank nakaturo sa aming dalawa?’” Lacson said quoting Sotto.
“Parang effectively, telling me in my face to withdraw and mag-create ng bagong tandem between the vice president and the Senate President. So sa akin, you know, when I was told that. I felt insulted, had I noticed it, I could’ve stood up and left that meeting,” the senator added.
Lacson, who’s running for president under Partido Reporma, said only he can decide if he wants to withdraw from the 2022 race.
He, however, said it’s impossible for him and Sotto to back out since they have already gotten the support of major political parties, including the Nationalist People’s Coalition, National Unity Party, and United Nationalist Alliance.
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