MANILA, Philippines - The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) lambasted the Liberal Party’s policy for common candidates, saying it puts President Benigno Aquino III in a bad light.
In a statement, UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco said the administration party’s decision to snub common candidates who will be joining their sorties is “too harsh and unkind.”
The policy was disclosed on Monday by LP chief Joseph Emilio Abaya.
Tiangco said the policy is contrary to what LP is projecting as “caring and open-minded” image.
“I’m not sure if Sec. Abaya is aware of his pronouncements. He is actually putting President Aquino on the spot. Abaya’s cold-hearted statement is putting the President in a bad light," he said.
The common candidates of both coalitions are Grace Llamanzares-Poe, Loren Legarda and Chiz Escudero.
Tiangco noted Llamanzares-Poe, Escudero and Legarda have a strong bond and solid affinity with UNA compared to LP.
“We leave it up for the candidates to decide to join UNA sorties depending upon their availability and schedule. We never imposed and we treat them as family. All we are asking from LP is to give them a fair and unbiased treatment. Huwag naman sana nilang bastusin,” pleaded Tiangco.
Nonetheless, Tiangco thanked Abaya for saying that LP has some catching up to do.
“My statement that those who are in the Magic 12 are not LP party members is based on official documents and COCs that the candidates filed. It seems that Sec. Abaya is keeping only to themselves who in the LP-led coalition is half-blood or muggle-born. It is very much obvious that political parentage of the Liberal Party is nowhere to be traced in their senatoriables in the Magic 12,” he noted.