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Ping Lacson told: Don’t retire

/ 05:01 AM May 13, 2022

Dear Sen. Ping Lacson:

I understand that now that the elections are over, you expressed your desire to spend time with your family. That you should. Life is too short, and it should be spent with your loved ones.

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But I hope, in time, you would reconsider and not retire from politics. Based on your long career as a public servant, I don’t see you as one who would even consider fading into the sunset.

When you ran in the national elections, you committed to serving the Filipino people for six years. I hope that even without the title of president, you can still serve. It seems to me the title of leader may not be one for you to hold. But the title of patriot is one for you to keep.

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I believe you can be a voice for those who have none. I believe you can be an influence for those who have no power. I believe you can stand up for those who may be too scared to speak.

I did not vote for you, Senator Lacson, and perhaps I have no right to send this letter. But I hope you think of the one million men and women who did vote for you. And, difficult as it is, think of the voters you were not able to convince but still need you. And isn’t that what a great patriot is all about?

While I feel we are facing one of our darkest hours, it will be of some comfort knowing that you will not throw in the towel and raise the white flag.

The Philippines needs a son like you.

Danielle Marie S. Lizares, Makati City

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