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Lacson: Character more important than campaign appearances
By: Maila Ager
11:54 AM October 28th, 2015

Character is more important than campaign appearances, former Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Wednesday.

Lacson then urged voters to “look beyond the surface and learn more about the character of those running in next year’s elections.”

“Character should be the more important thing to look for in a candidate. We can elect better leaders by looking at qualifications, advocacies and track records,” he said in a statement.

“I am not comfortable with the sense of exclusivity, that certain guest candidates do not belong just because they don’t appear in a certain manner,” he added.

Although he said it is true that uniform color and party slogan may show unity among the candidates, Lacson said, “they should not also be used to project a ‘holier-than-thou’ and overbearing attitude of candidates.

“Nobody has the monopoly of integrity, competence and character,” said the former senator.

He issued the statement a day after he disclosed that he was dropped from the senatorial ticket of Senator Grace Poe in favor of another candidate, Edu Manzano.

An independent senatorial bet, Lacson was included as a guest candidate in the slates of both the Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance.

Because of his philosophy and principle concerning public funds, he was firm and consistent in his refusal to make use of his PDAF allocation. And concerning our country's yearly national budget, he is diligent in sifting and scrutinizing every item in it to prevent any possibility of hidden lump sum allocations.

With his attitude towards public funds, who else can best watch and manage our country's public funds than Senator Panfilo Lacson? Surely the Filipino people would love to see him manage our public funds one of these days.