Legarda, Cayetano urged to set aside conflict

Posted at 05/09/2013 12:52 PM | Updated as of 05/09/2013 1:01 PM

MANILA - President Aquino said the administration party has asked two of its senatorial candidates said to be at odds with each other to set aside their differences.

Speaking to reporters, Aquino said he has spoken to Senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero while Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has spoken to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

Cayetano is allegedly behind a smear campaign against Legarda.

"Tuluy-tuloy po 'yung dayalogo natin... Parang huminto na rin iyong bangayan. Pinaalala rin natin na patapos na itong eleksyon, pwede iresolba 'yan later on at handa na natin iyong motivation. Sino ba ang makikinabang kung mag-aaway-away tayo dito sa team? So, I think all the candidates have responded to our appeals and together with the rest of the team," Aquino said.

"They are conscious that... itong pinaglalaban natin para sa tao hindi para sa indibidwal, para sa ating mga kababayan, para sa buong sambayanang Pilipino and they were ready to set aside personal interest for the sake of our people."

Meantime, Aquino brushed aside reports that the Iglesia ni Cristo has endorsed only seven candidates from the administration slate.

He said he continues to rely on the support of the people when asked if he still expects three of his candidates who have not made it in the surveys' magic 12 to catch up.

"Hindi tayo umaasa sa PNoy Magic, umaasa tayo sa sambayanan di ba. Parati kong sinasabi mga boss ko ang bahala sa akin, nakasandal ako sa kanila. Sila ang nagbibigay ng lakas, sila ang magsasabi kung sino ang karapat-dapat; at doon po nagmumula iyong tiwala natin."

Legarda earlier said a Team PNoy candidate is behind a demolition job against her about her ownership of a Manhattan condominium unit. The senator said she has declared her ownership of the unit in her SALN.