NO CONVENTIONAL 'MITING' FOR PING;  SOLONS  POOH-POOHS POE RALLY

MANILA,  May 7, 2004
 
(MALAYA)
Instead of holding a conventional miting de avance, Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and his lone senatorial candidate Carlos Padilla are planning to host a thank-you dinner for supporters and members of the media.

Earlier, Lacson said holding a miting de avance is like preaching to believers.

Last Tuesday, Lacson launched his most powerful campaign pitch yet, promising reforms on the first day of a Lacson presidency.

"You will immediately see reforms. We will immediately go after crooks without fear. This will be a presidency without fear," he said in his latest radio-TV advertisement.

He asked voters to think of the future and to make their votes count. "We will go a long way with your support," he said.

Lacson said the ads give "a very powerful message about our serious advocacy."

"We don't believe in surveys. We have had respondents who testified the surveys were rigged," he added.

Lacson toured Binondo, Divisoria, Pandacan and Sampaloc in Manila and Baclaran in Parañaque City on Wednesday.

In Sampaloc, he got a kiss from his most ardent supporte, his wife Alice.

Administration solons pooh-poohs FPJ rally

Lakas-CMD Reps. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City and Oscar Rodriguez of Pampanga yesterday said the claims by Fernando Poe Jr. that the opposition's miting de avance in Makati City tomorrow night would be a "show of force" is nothing but a "cheap political stunt."

Rodriguez said the opposition's grand rally will provide a venue for Poe's farewell performance on his new creative genre - campaign acting.

He said the crowd who attend Poe's sorties just wanted to catch a glimpse of him and his bevy of entertainers. "People were disappointed. Actually, Poe has proven to be his own worst campaigner."

Puentevella and Rodriguez said they expect the opposition's grand rally to be a plain entertainment show like their kick-off campaign at the Cuneta Astrodome last Feb. 10.

Puentevella said the opposition's campaign started and will end with nothing substantial in their agenda. "Because of Poe's limitations, the opposition intentionally veered away from the issues and presentation of platform."


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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