Ping Lacson has been making the rounds in Manila. He has thus far gathered sectoral representatives from four districts, conducting what is billed as "Konsultahang Bayan". He is now working on Districts 5 and 6 which he expects to finish in the next two weeks.
For almost a year, without fanfare and often by himself, he has been observing the conduct of commerce in the nation’s capital, and touching base with some of its long-time residents who yearn for the "good old days" when someone whose surname Ping bears was at the helm of the city. He and his staff have been doing research on the city’s problems, its resources and strengths, and the recent changes wrought by three-term mayor Lito Atienza.
He seems interested, eh? Read the whole thing.
UPDATE: Hard to believe he was able to do it, but it's true:
Before Lacson became PNP chief, SWS rated the police as the most discredited government agency, with a net negative 13 survey finding. In a year, that image was reversed, and the PNP was the most acceptable, the most trusted agency of government, with an all-time high of positive 54. Only one in ten Filipinos still distrusted his policeman. Never had the peace-and-order badge shone as bright. And alas, after Lacson, after Edsa Dos, that badge has regressively dimmed in luster.
- Interesting Manila Mayor's race in 2007