As talks on 2016 heat up, Lacson still mum on final plan

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 29 2014 03:31 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2014 01:34 AM

MANILA – Rehabilitation czar and former senator Panfilo Lacson remains mum on his plans for the 2016 elections, even as discussions about the presidential elections are starting to heat up.

Speaking to dzMM, Lacson said talking about the 2016 elections at this point might derail his efforts in rehabilitating areas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda last year.

''Ang gusto ko eh tapusin ang trabaho sa Yolanda, kasi napasubo na ako in spite of the handicap, lahat ng hirap at pagod,'' he said.

''Kapag napag-usapan ang pulitika, at nagpahaging lang tayo maski kaunti na tayo ay lalahok, lahat ng sasabihin at gagawin natin tungkol sa Yolanda eh hahaluan na ng pulitika. Iyan ang pinakainiiwas-iwasan ko eh."

Lacson added it has been his policy not to ask the political party or affiliation of leaders in areas he is tasked to rehabilitate.

Lacson, who served as senator from 2001 to 2013, ran in the 2004 presidential elections but lost.