MANILA, May 12 (Mabuhay) — Joking that he does not belong to the Senate, Senator Lito Lapid is planning to run for mayor of Angeles City in Pampanga in the 2016 elections.
“Hindi naman ako bagay dito, joke lang. Tsamba-tsamba lang po, nananalo sa awa ng Panginoon at sa tulong ng ating taumbayan,” Lapid told reporters when asked how he feels now that his term as senator is about to end.
It will not be the first for Lapid to run for mayor. In 2007, he ran for mayor of Makati City but lost to now Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Meanwhile, Lapid admitted that his son, Mark, a former Pampanga governor, will run for the Senate in next year’s polls.
“Si Mark tatakbong senador, tatakbo siya kahit na independent. Qualified naman siya, naman talaga ang nag-aral. Ako, mayor sa Angeles City,” he said.
Lapid said his 12 years as a senator was a happy experience, although he admitted that he was nervous all the time, citing his educational background.
“Masaya. Kinakabahan lagi hanggang ngayon. Syempre kapos ako sa pinag-aralan. Ang mga tanong [ay] baka hindi ko masagot, ‘di ba? Basta trabaho lang tayo nang trabaho, kung may magandang bills susuporta tayo,” he said.
He added that he learned many things during his stint as senator.
Lapid and his son are both members of the Lakas party, although he said Mark is willing to have a coalition with other political parties, including the ruling Liberal Party, despite his intention to run as an independent. The elder Lapid, meanwhile, intends to run under a local party, Lingap Lugod.
“Kung kukunin siya [ng Liberal Party], kami naman ay bukas pero wala pang offer. Pwedeng makipag-coalition naman, ganyan naman talaga ‘yan pero kahit na independent tatakbo pa rin yun,” he said.
He also expressed doubt if Lakas will be able to come up with a complete senatorial line up.
Mark Lapid is the concurrent chief operating officer of Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority. Aside from being former governor of Pampanga, he also served as former Philippine Tourism Authority chief.
Lapid also said he will support Senator Grace Poe if ever she decides to seek a higher post next year.
“Aba syempre Fernando Poe yan, ang laki ng utang na loob namin dyan,” he said, referring to Poe’s late father. “Kahit saan siya susuportahan namin siya.” (MNS)