Lacson: Presidency is a 'calling'; TikTok, lip service won't solve PH's problems

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — For Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, the presidency is a "calling" and the next person who is bound to take the highest post in the land must be serious and well-prepared for it.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Friday, Lacson shared that he continues to deliberate whether to push through with his presidential bid. He also shared his opinion about the ideal type of leadership the next administration needs..

"I always consider the presidency or leading any particular organization as a calling," he said. "It is a big responsibility na hindi ganoon kasimple (that is not as simple)."

"And I also mentioned this during my tete-a-tete with the Senate media, the country’s problems cannot be solved by TikTok, by photo ops, by lip service," he also said.

Lacson and Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto previously mentioned that they will be running mates if they seek the presidency and vice presidency at next year's polls.

Sotto, however, told The Source recently that he will still run for vice president should Lacson opt not to run.

READ: Sotto sees 'no problem' running against Duterte for VP post 

Lacson also shared his "frustrations" about the traditions that are hard to break in the process of lawmaking, despite being in the Senate for more than a decade.

"Legislative process or lawmaking is not in itself that pure in a manner of speaking," he disclosed. "Maraming mga behind the scenes na pangyayari na kahit maski gusto mong i-assert yung sarili mo, being a collegial body, hindi mo magawa kasi you are bound by the rules of the Senate."

[Translation: There are events behind the scenes wherein even if you want to assert yourself, being a collegial body, you cannot do so because you are bound by the rules of the Senate.]

No public official has formally declared gunning for the presidency to date.

President Rodrigo Duterte has five supposed choices to be his successor, according to Malacañang. These are his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte; his former aide, Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go; former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso and PDP-Laban president Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

Aspiring presidents have until October to decide whether they will file their certificate of candidacy for next year's polls.