Lacson unsure about attending May 1 panel interview


Presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo Lacson said he is still unsure of attending the panel interview of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), citing a possible conflict of schedule.

During a sortie here Wednesday night, Lacson said his camp still has to look into their schedule before deciding to join the May 1 one-hour panel interview organized by the poll body.

“We will see if we can make it. I was ready for the debate slated on April 23 and 24, but they changed the schedule,” Lacson said in a brief interview after a town hall meeting here.

The poll body dropped the debate format because of conflict in the schedules of candidates plus unpaid dues to Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, the venue of the first of two parts, also prompted the cancellation.

The Comelec decided to shift to taped interviews to be aired from May 2 to 6 partnered with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas.

This is the second visit of Lacson and his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto to Leyte, which he described as sentimental.

Lacson recalled regularly visiting the province after Super Typhoon Yolanda when they drafted the rehabilitation plan.

Leyte, the home province of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, is considered the bailiwick of presidential bet Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

With less than two weeks before the election day, Lacson said that he is counting on the people on the ground to campaign for him, especially since they have organized groups in 59 provinces in the country.

“I am thankful that my support group are hard workers. They are retired soldiers who are used to crawling and convincing voters,” Lacson added.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem pushes for Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment, which seeks to capacitate community leaders in the preparation of their local development plans.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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