Shut up and stop sowing intrigue, UNA tells Aquino ally-A A +A
Monday, January 28, 2013
THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) slammed Monday Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone, who has been speaking for the Liberal Party (LP) for the past weeks, to “shut up” and stop “sowing intrigue” between the two political parties.
In a press statement, UNA secretary general Toby Tiangco said President Benigno Aquino III’s statement that there are no issues between him and Vice President Jejomar Binay should already put an end to the “futile” attempts of Evardone to sow intrigue between the two highest officials of the country.
Aquino is the chairman of the ruling LP while Binay is one of the heads of UNA, along with former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Last week, Evardone challenged UNA to declare whether they are in support of the government’s reform programs or if they are against it.
“The President himself said there is no rift between him and the Vice President and that he is satisfied with the VP's performance as Cabinet member. With this candid statement, Representative Evardone should shut up and instead help his newly-acquired partymates but not by sowing intrigue, which is the usual weapon of the insecure and the desperate,” Tiangco said.
Tiangco and Evardone are colleagues in the House of Representatives. Tiangco is the representative of Navotas.
In a text message to reporters, Evardone again lambasted UNA’s senatorial candidates for claiming that they are neither administration nor opposition.
Evardone said Aquino’s statement in the LP line-up’s television and radio advertisements, saying “Sa daang matuwid, Marami ang gustong sumama. Mayron din namang nagpapanggap lamang” (In the straight path, many want to join. However, there are pretenders) clearly defines the administration candidates from the opposition.
Tiangco also criticized Evardone, a known ally of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for his supposed “sipsipolitics”.
Evardone served as Media Bureau Director of Team Unity in the 2007 midterm elections under the ruling party Lakas-CMD-Kampi.
“In the end, the President’s reform agenda will suffer because of sipsipolitics. That is the price that will be exacted by the LP’s decision to open their doors to just about anyone willing to wear yellow and flash the ‘L’ sign,” Tiangco said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)