Lacson suggests earmuffs for candidates during debates to avoid echoing each other’s answers

March 22, 2022 People's Tonight 375 views

TO make presidential debates more exciting with all candidates bringing their A-game by offering original thoughts, Partido Reporma standard-bearer Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson is recommending that participants cover their ears when it is not yet their turn to speak.

Lacson issued this statement Tuesday on the sidelines of his visit to Gapan City, Nueva Ecija with running mate Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III, just days after their recent performance at the first edition of the ‘PiliPinas Debates 2022: The Turning Point.’

The tandem was interviewed by journalists following their courtesy call on Gapan City Mayor Emerson ‘Emeng’ Pascual. Lacson said they designed their national campaign by holding dialogues with multisectoral organizations, which has been working to their advantage during debates.

Since the official campaign period started, Lacson and Sotto maximized the opportunity to go around the country and speak directly to voters from all walks of life including those who belong in the agriculture, business, healthcare, persons with disability, and public transport sectors, among others.

“Kaya nakakasagot kami sa debate e, ‘yung iba nangongopya, kinokopya ‘yung sagot namin. Isa-suggest ko nga sa COMELEC (Commission on Elections) dapat naka-earmuff lahat ‘yung (kandidato) para hindi naririnig ‘yung mga sagot namin,” Lacson said.

Sotto, for his part, noted that out of the seven elections he participated in throughout his political career, he considers his ongoing campaign with Lacson as the most meaningful because they get to spend valuable time with the electorate.

“Sapagkat itong ginagawa naming dialogues, town hall meetings, ang laki ng benepisyo both sides. May natututunan kami sa sinasabi ng mga kababayan natin… Sa amin din, natututunan nila kung ano [ang gagawin]… Hindi tulad dati ang nangyayari rally, sigaw-sigaw (pero) may natutunan ba sa iyo ‘yung mga nakinig? Wala,” said Sotto.