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Ping for president? Lacson: I’m not even sure I want to run

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Senator Panfilo Lacson has downplayed President Rodrigo Duterte’s comment that he likes to comment on issues because he wants to run for president.

In a statement Wednesday (September 11), Lacson said Duterte was “exaggerating.”

“Aside from from my Twitter posts, I only comment on issues when asked, and not even all the time. I play ‘dedma’ when I am not familiar with the issue. I may not be a lawyer but I know how to read and understand the law that I read, or ask my lawyer-staff when I don’t,” he said.

Lacson said he is one with the President in his fight against corruption.

“As for his other claim, I am not even sure if I want to run for President, so I do not know what he is talking about,” he said.

In a speech before vice governors in Malacañang Tuesday (September 10), Duterte described Lacson as someone “trying to be a crusader but ignorant.”

He made the remark after recalling the criticism he received from Lacson and Vice President Leni Robredo over his comment that police officers could accept gifts of nominal value if they were given out of gratitude.

“His penchant to just right away — – in every issue dito, I think he’s running for President,” Duterte said of Lacson.

“But I would caution him to be more circumspect because pagdating ng panahon ‘yan, ‘yan ang magagamit ng mga ano niya, mga kalaban niya. Sheer ignorance. Trying — trying to be a crusader but ignorant,” the President added.

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