Press Release
February 11, 2007


The inevitable split among re-electionist senators, especially those in the so-called `Wednesday group, has saddened opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

I still wish them well, in spite of not being able to campaign under one ticket and run on a platform of an independent Senate, among our individual advocacies, Lacson said on the decision of Senators Ralph Recto and Joker Arroyo to join the administrations unity ticket.

The other members of the Wednesday Group, Senate President Manuel Villar and Majority Floor leader Kiko Pangilinan were reported Sunday to run as independents.

He said the group was with the entire Senate when it fought off efforts to amend the Constitution through a constitutional assembly that would have effectively abolished the Upper Chamber of Congress and undermined its vital `check and balance function in government.

Lacson said it was sad because before Malacañang rendered Estrada `incommunicado and offered perks to administration bets, the opposition had a glut of candidates including all the incumbent senators seeking re-election.

He is the only incumbent senator to date who is running under the United Opposition senatorial slate, consisting mostly of new senatorial aspirants and comebacking senators.

He is running on a platform of H.O.P.E an acronym he spelled out for health, order, progress and education and vowed to vigorously pursue legislations that center on these issues.

Lacson, who is seeking his second term, will be filing his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros Monday morning.

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