BOSSING SUPPORT. Comedian and TV host Vic Sotto raises the hands of his brother, vice-presidential bet Tito Sotto III, and Partido Reporma standard-bearer Panfilo “Ping” Lacson during their campaign rally at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Wednesday (Feb. 9, 2022). Vic, popularly known as “Bossing” in noontime television show Eat Bulaga, said he admires Lacson for his integrity, courage and solid track record in public service.  (MNS photo)

MANILA, Feb 10 (Mabuhay) — Re-electionist Senator Sherwin Gatchalian will no longer be part of the Lacson-Sotto senatorial slate after expressing support to another presidential and vice presidential tandem.

This was announced by presidential candidate and Senator Panfilo Lacson in a tweet on Thursday.

“Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and ex-Mayor Herbert Bautista have made their choices of the principles and advocacies that they will embrace moving forward in this political exercise. Obviously, they are not ours. They now cease to be part of the Lacson-Sotto team,” Lacson said.

In a tweet, Gatchalian said he still respects Sotto and Lacson.

He also expressed his apologies for “any misunderstanding” that he may have caused.

“I have worked first hand with Sen. Lacson and SP Sotto and I have nothing but utmost respect and admiration for the two gentlemen. I have seen their dedication to serve our people and their pure love for our beloved country,” Gatchalian said.

“For this, I respect the decision of their leadership. I also apologize for any misunderstanding that I may have caused,” he added.

On Wednesday, Lacson and his running mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, confirmed that they have dropped their support to the senatorial bid of former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista.

Gatchalian and Bautista are both members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, a national party chaired by Sotto.

The two senatorial candidates were absent during the proclamation rally of Lacson and Sotto in Cavite last Tuesday, but they were present at the campaign kickoff of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice presidential candidate and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte in Bulacan.

The Lacson and Sotto senatorial slate is now down to 13: former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar, Dr. Minguita Padilla, former Makati Representative Monsour del Rosario, former Senator JV Ejercito, former Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, Antique Representative Loren Legarda, Sorsogon Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Senator Joel Villanueva, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Information and Communications Secretary Gregorio Honasan II, Senator Richard Gordon, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and broadcaster Raffy Tulfo.

Lacson and Sotto said the senatorial candidates would enjoy their endorsement as long as they would not “openly” endorse other presidential and vice presidential candidates. (MNS)

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