By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
SEN. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson on Wednesday expressed support for the move of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to strengthen the Philippines' alliance with countries aiming to preserve peace and stability in the Indo-China region.
"In the advent of the sovereignty and territorial integrity issues fast developing in the West Philippine Sea, there couldn't be a better move by the incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. than strengthen our alliance not only with the United States but with other like-minded developed countries like the European Union, Australia, Japan and Canada to preserve the peace and stability in the South China Sea and the entire Indo-China region," Lacson said in a statement.
On Marcos' appointees, Lacson said that he has always been consistent in his position that the choice of cabinet members "is the prerogative of the appointing authority, subject to the time-honored constitutional check and balance through the Commission on Appointments."
"Having said that, so far, the presumptive Cabinet members are competent, experienced and qualified individuals who can take on the responsibilities assigned to them," the senator added.
Marcos earlier appointed Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio as Education secretary, Susan "Toots" Ople as Migrant Workers secretary and Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla as Justice secretary.
Lacson, who ran for president in the May 2022 national elections, has yet to formally concede to Marcos. He urged the Filipino people to "move on" and help the incoming new administration in nation building.
"For our country's sake, moving on and helping the incoming administration propel our country to progress, peace and development should be the overarching mindset of the Filipino people, while being constantly on guard for possible abuses and misdeeds of those who would be clothed with the authority and power that go with their positions of responsibility," Lacson said.