Palace to Casiño: It's not about your parents

Posted at 10/24/12 5:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A spokesman of President Aquino on Wednesday fired back at leftist senatorial bet Teddy Casiño after the lawmaker chided Aquino for pointing out his flagging survey ratings.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Aquino’s statement about Casiño’s dismal ranking in pre-election surveys was given in the context of how the leftist movement in the Philippines failed to push their propaganda.

He said the leftist movement uses massive propaganda to criticize the government.

“Ang point ng Pangulo, kung effective ang inyong propaganda, 'di dapat ang inyong kandidato tataas sa survey. It's not about your parents, it's not about being personal, it's about your propaganda,” he said.

President Aquino on Tuesday took a dig at an unnamed leftist senatorial candidate who he said is not faring well in surveys.

"We have a very vocal leftist community but if the surveys are any indication, they have a senatorial candidate--our senators are elected at large throughout the nation--and this person currently has 2.6 percent of the population voting for him which is very, very little 'cause there's only the 12 candidates out of about 27 I think who are running this time around who will have seats in the Senate,” Aquino said in an interview with Radio New Zealand.

While the President did not name names, the leftist Makabayan Coalition has only fielded one candidate - Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño - for the 2013 senatorial election.

Casiño placed in the bottom two of potential Senate bets in a recent Pulse Asia survey.

In response to Aquino, Casiño said on Tuesday: "Let me remind the President that before his mother died, he did not even rate in any survey nor was considered by anyone to be of presidential calibre. In fact, he only became senator because of his lineage and the heroic efforts of his mother and sister.

"So before he derides me or any candidate for that matter for rating low in the surveys, he should look at himself first. Trust me, Mr. President, if I had Ninoy and Cory as parents, I'd probably be in your shoes too, except that I would not look down on ordinary mortals like me who have no political pedigree like yours but who have every right to serve the country as congressman or senator, for that matter."