GENERAL SANTOS CITY – STARTING today (Thursday) presidential aspirant Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is an independent candidate.
Lacson announced here he was resigning as chairman and member of Partido Demokratikong Reporma effective immediately.
The presidential however, made a quick clarification that “I am only resigning, but not withdrawing from the race. . . tuloy tuloy to hanggang May 9 (election date).”
Lacson told reporters that his sudden resignation came after some party officials have switched loyalty.
“Just yesterday (Wednesday), I was informed by party president, Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, that their slate in Davao del Norte, led by secretary-general and provincial governor Edwin Jubahib, has decided to endorse another presidential candidate,” the veteran senator said.
Lacson said he fully believed that it is only decent and proper to cut his ties with the party which recruited him member and eventually elected him chairman.
And like a true-bloodied warrior that he is in his entire life, the former top cop said he is not withdrawing and will continue his quest to serve the country and people.
As to the decision of Alvarez and Jubahib, the seasoned lawmaker said he harbored no ill-feelings towards them.
When asked how his campaign now be ran, lacson said he will stick and count on hi s old and reliable friends, the retired military and policemen who promised to secretly campaign for him.
Lacson’s running mate Vicente “Tito” Sotto and senatorial candidate former North Cotabato governor Emmanuel “Manny” Pinol said they wil always be at their presidential bet’s side.
“Walang iwanan,” they said.