THE LACSON-SOTTO tandem on Tuesday denied the removal of a former vice president and a senator from their senatorial line-up after they confirmed the endorsement of 11 candidates. 

“It is not true that we are dropping, much less have removed, ex-VP Jojo Binay and Sen. Dick Gordon from our senatorial slate,” Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, Sr. said in a Tuesday tweet. 

“As far as SP Sotto (Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III) and I are concerned, they continue to honor our gentlemen’s agreement unlike the two that we have dropped earlier,” he said, referring to Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian and former Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista who endorsed the candidacy of presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. and his running mate, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. 

“Sen. Ping Lacson and I are endorsing 11 senatorial candidates as of the moment and this does not include VP Binay and Sen. Gordon yet. We will talk more to complete our magic 12,” said Mr. Sotto in a Viber message to reporters. “So, to say that they are already removed from our line-up is totally wrong.” — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan