In a letter shared with media, former senator Nene Pimentel, a co-founder of PDP-Laban, showed his disappointment, that’s putting it mildly, with UNA’s decision to include election-cheat Migz Zubiri in its senatorial slate.
- The UNA decision to accommodate Migs Zubiri as a 2013 senatorial candidate weakens its pretentions that it will set the tone for the reformation of our country’s corrupt political system.
By welcoming Migs into its fold, UNA has unequivocably put itself on the side of electoral cheats and sends the message that it will do anything to propel itself into power.
That attitude will set back the cause of the transformation of the country that some political figures mouth so easily to lure the gullible to board their bandwagon.
To UNA, the principles that Koko Pimentel is fighting for: clean and honest elections, transparency and accountability especially of public officials are useless and irrelevant. And should be substituted by what is politically practical and expedient.
It seems that money is now the principal measure of what is right and good in the political arena.
But if UNA will not stand for principles, who will?
And if not now, when?
UNA spokesman JV Bautista pointed out that the PMP did not consider Zubiri a cheat. (Note that he excluded PDP-Laban.)
- “PMP answered it this way – if Migs Zubiri was in fact or indeed involved in electoral sabotage, he would have been one of the accused in the case, the criminal case, against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and former Comelec chief Benjamin Abalos. Because he is one of the big personalities he would have been investigated and charged but he is not an accused,”
Bautista, who is also Binay’s spokesman, then added that it was Erap not Binay who insisted on including Zubiri in the UNA slate:
- You cannot disrespect your partner… Migs Zubiri applied with the PMP, was examined by PMP and was accepted by PMP.
PMP stood by that and asserted its prerogative to name and endorse its own candidates for the UNA senatorial slate. That was exercised and no less than former president Estrada made the endorsement to include Migs Zubiri in the UNA senatorial slate
Sa madaling salita, walang kasalanan si Binay dito. He fought for his PDP-Laban party-mate Koko Pimentel but his hands were tied by the coalition agreement.
- It was a spirited discussion. It was not frivolously set aside. It was not disregarded by UNA leadership. It was painstakingly taken up. Now, of course the final decision boiled down to the prerogative of a party to endorse and nominate its own member. PMP asserted – we cannot be dictated upon by the other party.
Bullshit. Binay threw Koko overboard. Proof of this is the useless life-jacket that he asked JV Bautista to offer to Koko,
- “There was an offer – you (Koko) don’t have to stand on the same platform with Migs Zubiri. You can stand with one group and Zubiri will be in another group. If you are speaking, we can ask Migs Zubiri not to arrive yet during the course of your speech and probably Zubiri, while he is speaking you will be advised not to come yet. It can be adjusted,” said JV Bautista.
Binay takes care of Binay. In the 2010 election he junked Erap for Noynoy. Remember the Noy-Bi ticket? Now he sacrifices Koko because he believes Erap is more valuable.
Binay will do anything, sell out anybody, if it will help his 2016 presidential bid. That is his all-consuming ambition. You can see it in his eyes. The hunger.