Ping thinking of ‘transition period’ for 2016 plans

President Benigno S. Aquino III administers the oath of office to Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery former Senator Panfilo Lacson in a ceremony at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (December 10, 2013). The “rehabilitation czar” is the man in charge to oversee the overall efforts being undertaken by the national government in reconstructing the areas destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region (MNS Photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III administers the oath of office to Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery former Senator Panfilo Lacson in a ceremony at the President’s Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Tuesday (December 10, 2013). The “rehabilitation czar” is the man in charge to oversee the overall efforts being undertaken by the national government in reconstructing the areas destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region (MNS Photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Running for higher office, even the presidency, is always an option for former senator Panfilo Lacson.

“How to get there is a different matter altogether, what your chances are. That’s why there are surveys. Then you start thinking your position… Everybody does that, try to figure out the way forward, and it’s normal,” he said.

He said it would be hypocritical for someone to say he or she is closing doors on such an opportunity if voter-perception is positive.

He said he is “tickled” by the results of recent surveys showing a strong probability of him winning, specifically in the senatorial elections.

“I’m also thinking of a transition period where I can exit so that I can chart my own course,” he said. Besides, there is still one year left before politicians think of filing their certificates of candidacy, he added.

Lacson currently heads the rehabilitation of Yolanda-affected areas.

Lacson, who rose to fame as PNP chief before making it in politics, said all options at this time are “open-ended.”

He said the strongest option, for now, is “to lead a quiet, peaceful, and private life.”

He said plans change, depending on the mood.(MNS)

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