INDEPENDENT presidential bet Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson voiced hopes Sunday of seeing a quick end to “the bitterness and animosity” triggered during the homestretch of the last 90-day campaign for tightly contested seats in the May 9 national and local elections.
Even as the official vote counts’ nationwide results have yet to come in, Lacson and his vice presidential running mate, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, shared a wish the results will “come to an end as well.”
Posting the message on his Twitter account early Saturday, Lacson aired hopes the Philippines and the Filipino people will become “one nation, one people again.”
“Dear God. Thank You for keeping us ALL safe from illness and injury as we finish the race to submit ourselves to the will of the people,” Lacson prayed, adding: “May the bitterness and animosity be buried with the memories of the most grueling 90 days of our lives and be one nation, one people again.”
Lacson recalled that during the last 90 days of the campaign period, he and Sotto were joined by their team supporters, as well as their senatorial bets, visiting provinces, including remote areas, and held town hall meetings where they listened to the plight of residents and “offered on-the-spot solutions whenever possible, all the while discussing thoroughly their program of governance once elected.”
Lacson, likewise, noted the campaign period was also challenging for himself “physically and mentally,” as he had to “deal with trolls” from the camps of other candidates, as well as adjust his campaign after officials of his former party, Partido Reporma, decided to support another candidate.
The senator capped his presidential campaign Friday night with a miting de avance in Cavite, his home province, followed by a caravan Saturday in parts of Southern Luzon.
At the same time, Lacson likewise called “for a silent revolution where Filipinos secure a better future for the next generation” by using their pens to shade the names of deserving candidates on their ballots on May 9.
Joining Lacson at Friday’s miting de avance at the Verdant Square, Friday evening (May 6) were vice presidential bet Senate President Sotto III, and senatoriables Ma. Dominga “Minguita” B. Padilla, Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ F. Piñol, Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito and Gregorio ‘Gringo’ B. Honasan II.
Lacson rallied support for the five senatorial candidates who stuck with him and Sotto through thick and thin throughout the 90-day national campaign period.