Lacson won’t lobby for any gov’t position after 2013

July 16, 2012 9:52 pm 

MANILA, July 16 – Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Monday he won’t lobby for any position in government after his last term as senator expires in June next year.

”My attitude always is not to lobby for anything. I’ve not lobbied for any position,” Lacson said.

He clarified that President Benigno S. Aquino III has not talked to him about his possible appointment as Interior Secretary.

Lacson, first elected to a six-year term in 2001, said: ”It’s all talk. To tell you honestly, we have not talked about it; the president has not talked to me about it. Unless the President talks to me, I cannot say anything about any Cabinet position.”

When asked if the DILG post may be offered to him, Lacson, who was once chief of the Philippine National Police, just replied: “That’s hypothetical.”

Lacson ran but lost in the 2004 presidential race and the possibility of giving another try in 2016 is no longer his aspiration.

”Presidency is a matter of destiny. In our political history, people who never expected to become president became president and people who had prepared long enough and capable did not win,” he said.

Lacson felt he has done enough for the country after serving the government for more than four decades.

”Right now I have no plans. I have been in government service for more than four decades, 20 years in the Armed Forces, 10 years in the police, more than 11 years in the Senate. I think this may be a biased opinion, but I think I’ve done enough for the country,” Lacson said.

”If there are no plans for me after 2013, so be it. I’ll live a peaceful life. I think my family deserves a head of the household. That’s it,” he added.

Lacson said he would try to push for the passage of the Armed Forces of the Philippines modernization before his term expires next year. (PNA)



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