Lacson: I'll be more effective in DILG

Posted at 07/19/2012 1:25 PM | Updated as of 07/19/2012 5:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Campaigning for any post in 2013 is furthest from the mind of Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

Lacson, who is on his second and last term at the Senate, said he has no plans of running for lower office.

"Local politics is not my cup of tea...napakahirap kaysa sa national. Yung kultura ng politics sa atin parang chicken or egg situation. Kailan mo maititigil yung dole out?" he said in an ANC interview.

Lacson said President Aquino has not spoken to him about being tapped for the Bureau of Customs or any Cabinet position. Aquino earlier said he wants Lacson and Sen. Francis Pangilinan to join his Cabinet once their terms end in 2013. 

Asked where he prefers to serve, Lacson said he would be more effective at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

"We talk about other topics not about the offer of any position in the executive branch. I never lobbied for any position. I don't intend to change that attitude. I'll be candid - I'll be more effective as head of DILG. After all, I came from there. I know how to handle the police. It's similar to handling [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] but you'll have all government units," he said.

Lacson, however, brushed off talks he was being considered as anti-crime czar as mere intrigue and an attempt to drive a wedge between him and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa who holds the post.