Lacson eyes retirement in 2 years

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2011 08:13 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2011 04:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday disclosed that he plans to retire in 2013, when his term as a lawmaker ends.

However, Lacson did not close the door on serving in the government if he is appointed by Malacañang to lead a state agency.

"By the end of this month, I shall have served the government for 40 years," he said.

Lacson was in the Philippine Constabulary for 20 years, spent 10 years in the Philippine National Police (PNP), and another 10 years as senator.

"Minus one year wasted," he said, referring to the period when he went into hiding after being implicated in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case.

"But in 2013 I would have served government for 42 years. I think that's more than enough," Lacson added.

Lacson said he does not plan to enter local politics in Cavite. "I don't think local politics is my cup of tea. National politics napakahirap to grapple with, what more with local politics? Umaga pa lang may bisita na sa bahay. Mahirap makipagsapalaran sa local politics."

He also downplayed rumors linking him to a position in the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). "Mahirap tanggapin ang rumor."

Lacson said he will not refuse an offer to serve in the Aquino administration.

"It depends. When the time comes, kung makita mo may pagagamitan sa iyo o may mai-contribute ka o kaya mo gawin ang gusto mo ipatupad, then why not? But iyung wala namang offer, one thing I won't do is apply for a government job. I won't do that. Kasi sa akin taboo yan," he added.

"You should wait to be tapped to perform a job. But for a person or someone like me, a senator, to apply for a government job parang it doesn't sit well," he added. "Di ko sinasabi maghihintay ako ng offer. Actually, mas gusto ko mag-retire after 2013."

On writing a book
 
He said he may write a book after he retires. "(Baka gumawa) ako ng libro, sasabihin ko kung saan ako nagtago. I'm thinking about it."

"All my years in government masyadong colorful. Maraming ups maraming downs," he said. "Ganoon naman ang buhay ko, parang roller-coaster, na nasa taas nasa baba, minsan lumalagapak talaga. Pero minsan naman may mga high points."

Lacson said his position as PNP chief was the most satisfying point of his career in government. "Doon nakita ko appreciation ng mga tao. But there are so many low points in my career na minsan sinasarili ko na lang. And I'm thinking of including everything, even those that I did not share with media, in that book that I am thinking of."

He said the book will "set the record straight, pati ang unwritten tales isama ko."