Former Philippine Senator Lacson To Run for President If…

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Former Senator and Philippine National Police Director Panfilo Lacson announced intention to run for president in the coming 2016 Presidential elections.

However, Lacson stressed that his final decision will depend on how he will rank in presidential surveys in the coming months.

“If you are asking if I have the intention, yes, I have the intention but my decision will depend on many factors which I am currently discussing with my old and new regional leaders, coordinators and volunteers,” Lacson said.

In senatorial surveys, Lacson currently ranks high with 58.3 percent based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. That means, Lacson has a big chance to make it to senate again in the 2016 elections.

But Lacson said a senatorial survey is different from a presidential survey.

“While I’m rating very high in the senatorial surveys, the same amount of support and approval do not seem to resonate in the presidential survey,” he added.

The latest presidential survey conducted by Pulse Asia showed that only 1% of those surveyed favored Lacson for president.

“I asked my supporters to find out why and think of ways to translate even a fraction of that 58% into a higher position,” Lacson said.

Lacson first won as a Senator in the 2001 elections and then ran as an independent presidential candidate in the 2004 elections, where he lost.

He went back to the Senate in 2007.

The latest presidential survey showed that Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to be the top contender for the country’s highest position.

He is followed by Senator Grace Poe, Manila Mayor and former President Joseph Estrada and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand Marcos Jr took the fifth and sixth spots. –