Vice presidential candidate and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Saturday dismissed a projected win with presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the May elections.
Lacson, who is running for president under Partido Reporma, similarly dismissed speculations of a tandem with Marcos’ running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, stressing he will stick with Sotto as his running mate all the way.
Sotto maintained he is focused on working with his running mate presidential bet Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.
“Hindi ko iniisip yan (I am not thinking of that),” he said during the CNN Philippines Vice Presidential Debates. “In my sphere, we are working on the presidency of Sen. Ping Lacson.”
Sotto said that if elected, he and Lacson will use their combined over 80 years of public service record to address the massive problems facing the country.
“After 30 years, I think, handa ako dito. So ganoon ang aking thinking…wala akong iniisip na kung iba ang mananalo at this point (After 30 years, I think, I am ready for the job. I am not thinking of anyone else who would win),” he said.
Lacson on Sunday said small business owners and informal street vendors may benefit from their flagship Budget Reform Advocacy for Village Empowerment (BRAVE) program should he and Sotto win in the elections.
He gave this assurance after learning that the local government unit (LGU) in Malabon managed to provide financial aid and technical support to carinderia owners as part of its livelihood projects, which, Lacson said, reflects the essence of the BRAVE program.