Lacson camp thanked Isko Moreno for his gracious answers in the “political fast talk”.
To recall, Moreno was the 4th presidential candidate to appear in the “Presidential One-on-One Interviews” hosted by Boy Abunda. In the “political fast talk” segment of the interview, the Manila mayor was asked why people shouldn’t vote for Lacson.
“Pwede namang iboto rin,” Moreno said on Lacson.
Lacson thanked Moreno for exercising restraint and grace in his answers involving the other presidential candidates’ viability during the interview with Boy Abunda.
Speaking on behalf of Lacson, spokesman and former Representative Ashley “Ace” Acedillo said in a statement that the senator found merit in Moreno’s desire to “lead without vengeance”.
“Even before the start of the official campaign period, Ping Lacson had advocated for a ‘no mudslinging’ policy with the hopes of elevating the level of political discourse in our country,” Acedillo said. “We are encouraged that this is resonating with some of his fellow presidential aspirants as well.”
Acedillo also noted that they took it as a sign of mutual respect for Lacson, who they believed set the bar really high for the other presidential candidates.
According to Acedillo, the “Lacson brand of leadership” was rooted in “governance above politics”, adding that they should rise on their own merit without having to bring other people down.
Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, have repeatedly stated that they will continue to steer away from personality-based attacks and will choose to focus on discussions centered on the nation’s problems and the latest issues instead.
Meanwhile, the senator fired back at the comment of Vice President Leni Robredo wherein she threw some shade at him when – in the same segment – the Vice President blurted out his lack of “on-the-ground work” as reason enough for voters not to vote for him.
“I risked my life countless times, kicking doors while leading my men to save people I didn’t even know,” Lacson tweeted Friday on his personal account. “I fought notorious armed robbers to make people sleep soundly at night. I saved P300B of public funds from being misused and abused. Kulang sa ‘groundwork?’ I value my work.”