1st major rally under PNoy a 'game changer': solon
MANILA - Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares on Tuesday twitted Malacañang for claiming that those who attended the Luneta rally against the pork barrel are their allies.
Colmenares said the rally is a "game changer" in terms of sending a message to the Palace.
"Wag na wag i-claim ng Malacañang na kasama sila sa Luneta rally kasi magkabangga ang posisyon ng Luneta rally at Malacañang. Simple ang posisyon sa Luneta - abolish pork barrel. Posisyon ng Malacañang, di pwede abolish, whether congressional or presidential. Di talaga pwede i-claim ng Malacañang na kaisa sila doon," he said.
Colmenares claimed President Aquino would have been the subject of catcalls, like former Chief Justice Renato Corona, had he been in the rally.
"Kung ganun ang posisyon nila at pumunta si Aquino sa rally ibo-boo siya kasi salungat ang posisyon niya," he said.
He said the problem with Malacanan's position is they are keeping presidential lump sums, which could run up to P524 billion based on his own estimates.
He said President Aquino engaged in double-speak and likened his recent statement to the "I am sorry" speech of President Arroyo at the height of the "Hello, Garci" scandal.
"Sa akin yung alalahanin natin, sa previous administration, maraming double-speak doon, one of which is, 'I am sorry' na double-speak. Kasi sabi ng mga tao, di siya sincerè. Doon sa panahon ni Arroyo kasi, di siya sorry. She never heard herself to account," he said.
Colmenares warned Aquino that unless he reverses his position on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), then this will be the start of the decline of his popularity.