Partido Reporma standard-bearer and Senator Panfilo Lacson is expected to meet and discuss with Nationalist People’s Coalition his platform of government that could further strengthen the alliance between the two parties.
In an interview over radio station dwIZ on Saturday, Lacson he is just waiting for the meeting that his running mate Senate President Vicente Sotto III will set with NPC leaders and members so he can formally lay down his position on various issues confronting the government should he win the presidential race next year.
“Actually, long over due na rin na dapat magkaroon na kami ng hayagang pagpupulong para mailatag ko rin ang aking stand o position o plataporma (It’s long over due that we have to formally meet so I can lay down my stand or position or platform,” Lacson said.
Lacson added that Sotto, who is also the chairman of NPC, is presently talking with his partymates regarding the possible support and endorsement the party would give him since NPC has not fielded its own presidential candidate.
“Ang usapan namin ni Senate president, patuloy niyang ipapaliwanag sa kanyang mga kasamahan tutal wala namang ibang tumatakbo sa NPC sa pagkapangulo. Hindi naman pwede mag-impose si Senate president, all he can do is to persuade or convince. (What we have discussed is that the Senate President will continue to explain to his colleagues our situation since no NPC member is running for the presidency. But of course, the Senate President could not impose, all he can do is to persuade or convince (them),” Lacson said.
Lacson believed that it has been the tradition of the party not to meddle with the national derby unless there are party members who are running for national positions.
“Matagal nang tradisyon ng NPC hindi sila nakikialam sa national, local lang talaga ang kanilang inaasikaso maliban na lang kung kapartido nila ang tumatakbo sa national like kung senatorial, vice presidential o presidential. (It has been the tradition of the NPC that they don’t meddle in the national. They are focused in the local, of course unless if there are partymates who are running for senator, vice president or president),” Lacson explained.
The Partido Reporma presidential bet said he is confident to get the party’s endorsement as soon as he lays down his platform of government.