Insofar as former Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop is concerned, no other potential future leader comes close to Partido Reporma standard-bearer Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson with regards to commanding respect from his fellow presidential aspirants.
Acop gave this assessment in an interview with Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), Friday, while thanking presidential candidates Senator Manny Pacquiao and Manila Mayor Isko ‘Yorme’ Moreno for publicly acknowledging the leadership qualities and other positive attributes of Lacson.
“Ito’y para bang nakapagbibigay ng lakas ng loob sa amin din dahil kinikilala o marunong kumilatis si Yorme at saka si Senator Manny kung sino dapat ang mamumuno sa ating bansa. Marunong silang kumilatis,” said Acop, one of the spokesmen for Lacson.
[This somehow gives us an extra boost of confidence because they recognize or Yorme and Senator Manny themselves acknowledge who deserves to lead our country. They know how to vet (potential leaders).]
Acop was referring to the recent statement made by Pacquiao, who said he would vote for Lacson as president if he is not running for the same position himself. Moreno also somewhat held a similar view when he said Filipinos could also vote for Lacson in a separate interview last January.
The erstwhile congressman and retired police officer is hoping these positive comments for Lacson, coming from his fellow presidential aspirants themselves, would somehow resonate among the electorate who are still making up their minds on choosing the next leader.
“Kaya dapat ang ating mga botante ay kilatising mabuti kung sino dapat ang magiging pinuno ng ating bansa sa sitwasyon natin na may pandemya at maraming problemang hinaharap ang ating bansa,” Acop said.
[The voters need to think carefully about who their next leader should be now that our country is reeling from the effects of the pandemic and so many other problems will still crop up in the future.]
Acop said he is aware that Lacson may not be faring well in mainstream pre-election surveys, but they remain unbothered by it halfway through the campaign period. He said the Partido Reporma chief is still optimistic, considering the warm reception he has been getting from the public on the ground.
“Kaya hindi po ako nawawalan ng pag-asa dahil kung tinitingnan ko po siya ay mataas naman ‘yung morale niya. Siguro mababahala ako kung makikita ko nang—sa aming lengguwahe sa militar—ay low morale na siya. Pero nakikita ko nandoon pa rin ‘yung enthusiasm niya,” Acop explained.
[That’s why I don’t lose hope because when I look at him (Lacson), he still has high morale. Maybe I would be bothered once I start seeing him—using our language in the military—having a low morale. But his enthusiasm is still there.]
“Totoo po ‘yung una po niyong sinabi na parang baliktad nga po ang nangyayari pero para sa amin, bilang panimula, surveys are never sure surveys e. Iisa lamang ang talagang bilangan na mahalaga at ito ay ‘yung magaganap sa Election Day, May 9, 2022,” Acop told RMN anchor Buddy Oberas.
[What you mentioned earlier might be true—that what’s happening (with the surveys) seems upside down—but, for starters, surveys are never sure surveys. True polling and what counts the most will happen on Election Day, May 9, 2022.]