Tamano wants end to NP, LP mudslinging
By Marvin Sy and Evelyn Macairan
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) senatorial candidate Adel Tamano called yesterday for an end to the mudslinging with the Liberal Party (LP).
Meanwhile, Archbishop Angelo Lagdameo, former Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president, said all the candidates must undergo a lie detector test.
“So that we would know who is really lying,” he said.
Lagdameo told Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas the candidates were not setting good examples for the youth when they engage in mudslinging in public.
“Is this what they want the next generation to inherit?” he asked.
“This may be the reason why there has been no improvement in the political system in the country because our candidates are narrow-minded and are more focused on their personal interests.”
Speaking at a Senate forum, Tamano said the endless exchange about the mental health of LP standard-bearer Benigno Aquino III and the questions about the humble origins of NP presidential candidate Manuel Villar Jr. have left a lot of voters lost.
“I think it’s a disservice to the public if it’s all gutter politics, when it’s all about personal attacks and then you don’t really give the public a chance to know your platform,” he said.
Tamano, also the NP spokesman, said he would stick to the issues based on facts alone and not dwell on any personal issues.
“I think for us, as a tactical strategy, it really makes more sense for us because I believe the NP has a solid platform and I think just on the basis of platform versus platform, I think we have a stronger one,” he said.
Meantime, Prospero Pichay, Lakas-Kampi-CMD campaign manager, said President Arroyo is no longer an issue in this year’s elections as she is not even running for reelection.