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Lacson-Sotto tandem to push for spending plan reform, shun ‘entertainment’ in campaign

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Senate President Vicente Sotto III (left) and Sen. Panfilo Lacson at a Senate inquiry on the alleged red-tagging of particular celebs, personalities, institutions and businesses. Albert Calvelo/Senate PRIB

MANILA— Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday said spending budget reform would be a single of the key plans that he and Sen. Panfilo Lacson would force for as they vie for the two greatest positions in the region in the 2022 national elections.

Lacson, who is running for president, has a proposal referred to as “spending plan reform advocacy for village empowerment or Courageous,” Sotto explained to reporters in an online push convention.

“When we go close to, ang emotion nila (public) na-produce ‘yung mendicancy… dahil naka lump ‘yung spending budget ng gobyerno sa countrywide governing administration,” he said.

(When we go all-around, the folks convey to us that they feel that the tradition of mendicancy was created for the reason that the spending plan is lumped in the countrywide federal government.)

“Every single calendar year national govt has P300 billion to P400 billion unused [appropriations]… May idea si Sen. Lacson na itong mga unused na ito maaga pa pang, i-software mo na,” he mentioned.

“Consider what P1 billion for each province can do when it is all concentrated on countryside progress,” he reported.

As senator, Lacson has been vigilant in watching around the national budget just about every cycle, exposing alleged discretionary funds and insertions. 

NO Song AND DANCE Figures

The Senate President mentioned much more details of their tandem’s most important system would be talked about in small sorties and town hall meetings in the coming months. 

Sotto, a very long-time comedian and musician, reported there would be “no amusement” in their marketing campaign, opposite to the common tune-and-dance fashion of wooing voters. 

“We have no leisure. We will emphasis on difficulties,” he stated.

“We’d like to elevate the kind of campaigning for 2022, on a distinctive stage na. Tigilan na ‘yung mga ganun. Hindi maganda resulta (More than with that. The outcomes are not great),” reported Sotto. 

The tandem and their senatorial slate would be using a “combination of social media and mainstream media” in campaigning when the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Sotto reported.

“Mas maganda kung puro problems ang kampanya (It will be improved to have an concern-based campaign)… You go around in small town corridor conferences. It is a lot easier to handle. You invite the city leaders,” he said.

Sotto before reported the adhering to will be on their senatorial line-up:


  1. Previous senator JV Ejercito
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  3. Former senator and Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero
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  5. Reelectionist Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian
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  7. Reelectionist Sen. Dick Gordon
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  9. Previous senator Gringo Honasan
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  11. Previous election commissioner Goyo Larrazabal
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  13. Former senator and now Rep. Loren Legarda
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  15. Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez
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  17. Reelectionist Sen. Joel Villanueva
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  19. Reelectionist Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri
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The group is continue to finalizing who will occupy the remaining 2 slots, the Senate President stated, noting that they are in talks with a “VIP.”

“Hindi natin masabi ngayon (We are not able to give definite responses now). It will almost certainly be clearer by Oct,” he explained.

The Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), which Sotto chairs, will have a conference on July 28 to finalize their alliance with other events, while the 2 senators will formally announce their 2022 bid on August 4, 2021.

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