Partido Reporma flag bearer Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III, launched their 2022 electoral candidacies filled with even more special optimism as they received good placements in the official poll for the next polls.

Lacson is number five (5) on the list of presidential candidates while Sotto is ninth (9) among the vice-presidential aspirants who are eligible to be elected to the two highest public offices on Election Day, the May 9, 2022.

Since the introduction of automated elections in the Philippines in 2010, candidate lists are listed alphabetically by surname as soon as the Election Commission (Comelec) finalizes and certifies those qualified to contest each general election.

FEATURED IN QC. Partido Reporma standard bearer Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson (left) is escorted by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte (front right) as he walks onto the grounds of his running mate, Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III (right-back) in the so-called ‘City of Stars’ – the populous metropolis of Quezon City – where his son Gian Sotto is also vice mayor on Wednesday, after launching their 2022 election bids in the city birthplace of Lacson, Imus, Cavite.

During the Lacson-Sotto proclamation rally held on Tuesday evening at the Imus stand in Cavite, the show’s hosts made sure that the voters present would remember these numbers: “Singko-nuwebe sa Mayo 9!” (5 and 9 on May 9!),” they urged some 4,000 Caviteños.

Caviteños showed he was ready to embrace the reforms proposed by Lacson and Sotto when they turned out in droves on Tuesday for the veteran tandem’s proclamation rally ahead of national elections.

Cheers and praise filled the Imus stand from supporters of the longtime civil servants, as various friends and family of the duo mingled with groups of elderly, young and provincial comrades from the presidential bet – born and bred in Imus – and turned the region into a sea of ​​blue and white shirts.

There are many positive attributes and symbolisms associated with the number 5, from math, science, astrology to religion. The physical universe generally has five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space/ether). Five also means “change”, “grace” and “balance”, according to spiritual beliefs.

In the biblical tale of David and Goliath, the shepherd boy picked up five stones to defeat his giant enemy. This story has been told and retold for many generations and the characters of David and Goliath have become synonymous with a winning underdog against an arrogant opponent respectively.

Number 9 is also considered lucky to some extent. In Feng Shui, which many Filipinos and Chinese-Filipinos believe in, nine is considered a supreme number, signifying wholeness and fulfillment. So he also carries with him good fortune.

Both Lacson and Sotto are devout Catholics, who have relied on their faith to guide their decisions throughout their combined 83 years of public service and political careers. They don’t necessarily subscribe to the ideas of numerology, but they still keep an open mind to it.

“Five-nine, right – May 9. May 9 is 5/9 in the numeric format – 5/9/2022. He (Lacson) is number 5, I’m number 9, so 5/9—the May 9. That’s pretty cool],” Sotto noted in his speech.

“I believe it’s our time, Ping Lacson and I. ‘Cause you know what they say, it’s always darkest before dawn. So we have high hopes because I trust him, I trust the people around us. It is important,” he added.

The Lacson-Sotto presidential duo is on a mission to restore public confidence in good governance and democratic institutions whose reputations have been tarnished by the outgoing administration, including our judiciary, law enforcement and the army, civil society and the government itself.

Despite serious competition against their political rivals, Lacson and Sotto have largely succeeded in positioning themselves as the most capable, experienced and qualified candidates who are more than ready to take on key leadership roles.

“I stand before you as a fellow citizen, rightfully of Imus, rightfully of Cavite. If I will have the chance to continue to serve you (as your future president), I will never let you down. I will never disappoint you, ”said Lacson, counting on the support of his compatriots to catapult him to the presidency.

The Lacson-Sotto tandem campaign on their pleas for good governance and the fight against corruption through their war cries “Aayusin ang Gobyerno, Aayusin ang Buhay ng Bawat Pilipino” (Fix the Government, Fix the Lives of Every Filipino) and “Uubusin ang Magnanakaw” (Get rid of thieves).

Actors Iwa Moto, Ciara Sotto and Archie Zapata organized the Partido Reporma launch rally, which attracted around 4,000 people from various parts of Cavite who came to Imus to show their support for their native son and his partner, the current President of the Senate.

Several local officials also showed up to underscore their support for Lacson and Sotto’s advocacy, including Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, Carmona Mayor Roy Loyola, Cavite 3rd District Representative Alex Advincula, councilors and barangay presidents from across the province.

In welcoming the presidential duo to the city, Maliksi expressed his hope that a Caviteño would become the Philippines’ next leader, as he said Lacson was waving the banner of change and true freedom for the country.

Meanwhile, the Partido Reporma senatorial candidates – retired national police chief General Guillermo Eleazar, health advocate Dra. Minguita Padilla and former Makati congressman Monsour del Rosario unveiled their platforms for the Lacson-Sotto reform program.

The party’s guest senatorial bets, former Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Piñol and former Senator JV Ejercito, also showed up at Imus, along with Senator Migz Zubiri’s wife and the siblings of the Senator Win Gatchalian and former Senator Gringo Honasan, who represented them on stage.

To guard against the threat of COVID-19, Partido Reporma has strictly enforced social distancing and other health protocols at the venue. The organizers also offered free COVID tests to all supporters who came to ensure their well-being.

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