Lacson-Sotto tandem confirmed for 2022 polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20)— It's a go for the tandem of Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III for the 2022 polls.

"You can already read between the lines that the answer is yes," Sotto said in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines' The Source when asked about their election plans.

Sotto added he and Lacson would be making an official announcement on the matter by August 4.

As early as May, Sotto already revealed he was discussing with Lacson and "some groups" about possibly running for vice president next year.

Sotto said he would "surely support" Lacson if he guns for the highest post in the land. But at the time, Lacson refuted rumors about his potential presidential bid.

Asked about pre-election surveys — currently being topped by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte — Sotto maintained there's still a long way to go before Filipinos decide on their next leaders.

"Malayo pa eh (It's still far away)," Sotto stressed. "The surveys that they are getting right now are not really reflective of what might happen on the 2nd Monday of May. So it really depends sa ating mga kababayan (on our people)."

What to expect from the tandem

But what would make their tandem stand out among a field of candidates?

"Let me sum it up in three words based on what we can offer: kakayahan, katapatan, katapangan (capability, honesty, bravery)," the Senate President said.

He cited their track record in government service — a combined 83 years of experience.

"I doubt if you will find any tandem, that will have served the government for 83 years," Sotto said.

The filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections is set for October.

Programming note: Catch the full interview with Senate President Tito Sotto on The Source with Pinky Webb tomorrow at 9AM.

CNN Philippines' Glee Jalea and Alyssa Rola contributed to this report.