I'M PROUD to see Attorney Alexander “Alex” Lacson in the lineup of Vice President María Leonor “Leni” Gerona-Robredo and Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan, who are also lawyers, in the 2022 national elections.

I call Alex on a first-name basis. In fact, I call my lawyer friends by their nicknames. After all, we are fellow officers of the court.

Leni, Kiko, and Alex are intelligent, soft-spoken and dignified. Even when provoked, they maintain their composure. I never heard them utter p*tang or hijo de p*ta on and off cam.

This is a welcome development from the current administration when President Rodrigo “Digong” Roa Duterte splices his sentences with expletives during his night Cabinet meetings. As they say in Metro-Manila, “kumita na po ang pagmumura.”

During the failed presidential bid of Senator Raúl Roco, several Negrense friends and I stayed at Alex’s humble home in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

I also got to stay with his wife and their kids at their plush White Plains home in Quezon City. He gave me his little booklet Twelve Little Things Every Filipino Can Do to Help Their Country. Such simple advice as avoiding jaywalking, wearing seat belts, or crash helmets, when riding motorcycles, and other traffic rules pay for everything one buys and ask for official receipts, do not buy smuggled items, respect police officers, soldiers, and other persons-in-authority, and during the pandemic, wear face masks and face shields, and maintain social distancing.

Another lawyer friend is Neri Colmenares of La Castellana, also in Negros Occidental, before he and other opposition lawyers moved to the big city.

These lawyers are not run-of-the-mill. Yet they don't flaunt their international degrees. They in fact encourage their supporters to call them by their nicknames. Neri might make it to the Leni-Kiko tandem as the 13th senatoriable in their ticket. These lawyers still can fluently speak Hiligayon, perhaps Cebuano, and the national language Filipino largely based on Tagalog, English, and Spanish.

Abangan on November 15 when the Commission on Elections finalizes the national candidates.