WITH 3.4 MILLION VOTES, PING 'KEEPS' SEAT
MANILA, May 26, 2004 (MALAYA) By JOAN DAIRO - Sen. Panfilo Lacson may not have gained enough votes to take Malacaņang, but he has at least validated his own "survey" that he would get at least 3 million votes.
According to figures from the administration K-4 coalition, Lacson had 3,445,976 votes from 173 certificates of canvass used by the Commission on Elections in tabulating the results of the senatorial race.
Last month Lacson said he would to resign from the Senate if he did not get at least three million votes.
"If I only get two to three million votes, you won't see me in the halls of the Senate. I will resign effective June 30," he had told reporters in Pototan, Iloilo.
A Pulse Asia survey projected him to get 10 percent of the presidential vote, which is about what he got.
Lacson landed 10th in the 2001 senatorial elections in the face of surveys showing him out of the winning circle.
Lacson said the next president should make sure that government funds will never be used in electoral campaigns.
Lacson said he strictly imposed this policy in his Senate office, to the point of being on the "safe side" when confronted with "gray areas."
"My funds for the Senate remain at the Senate building. Sometimes my people suggested that I make use of it, but I put my foot down. I told them not to touch public funds for the campaign," he said.
Lacson's camp raised more than P10.5 million in one sitting from the Filipino-Chinese community.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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