Aquino hits Villar in campaign speech-A A +A
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
LIBERAL Party (LP) standard bearer Senator Noynoy Aquino criticized his closest rival Senator Manny Villar during the lunch press conference Tuesday, the start of the official campaign period.
Aquino kicked off his campaign in bailiwick Concepcion, Tarlac.
Aquino admitted that they are losing out to Villar on advertisements with a 10:1 ratio in number, but said the Nacionalista Party bet’s “packaging” could switch every time.
He cited an instance when Villar “copied” the stand he made about decreasing deficit without increasing taxes during the presidential forum last Monday.
“My opponent, if you just pay attention to it, will change his message constantly because I don’t think he has studied as well as he should be,” he said.
LP vice presidential candidate Senator Mar Roxas, for his part, said their campaign “will really stand on character vs cash.”
“Imaging, that is fake… not real. In the long run, our countrymen will know which is real and not,” added Aquino’s running mate.
The greatest opponent of the LP is money, said senatorial candidate Sonia Roco, wife of the late senator Raul Roco.
“Ang mga kampo ng kadiliman, nagsama-sama na. (The legions of darkness have allied with each other),” Aquino said, amid talks that Villar has a secret agreement with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
He said Villar's response when asked on what he will do with President Arroyo if he wins was bothersome.
Aquino also said their actions make it seem that they have an alliance, with Malacañang thanking Villar earlier for not attacking the President.
Meanwhile, the LP campaign kick-off started with a mass in the Concepcion Parish Church. Aquino, along with Roxas and their senatorial slate, walked to the Concepcion Market afterwards where a rally was held.
Only senatorial bet Serge Osmeña was not present during the rally. The rest of the slate -- Colonel Danny Lim (represented by his wife), teacher Neric Acosta, Dr. Martin Bautista, public speaker Alex Lacson, Bukidnon Representative TG Guingona, Muslim activist Yasmin Busran-Lao, Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros, former senator Ralph Recto, Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon, and re-electionist senator Franklin Drilon - all engaged the Tarlaqueños. The senatorial slate is known as SLAMAT LORRRD.
The delegation went on a motorcade to Capaz, Tarlac from Concepcion, where an unveiling of the late former President Cory Aquino's statue was held.
Noticeable in Concepcion was the lack of posters and campaign materials of other presidential candidates.
Close to 1,000 people gathered in front of the market during the rally while the church was jam-packed during the mass.
Actor Coco Martin also attended the event.
Aquino's sisters including host-actress Kris Aquino-Yap and other people affiliated with him will act as his "surrogates" during the campaign with 80 provinces to visit and only 90 days worth of time. (Angela Casauay/Sunnex)