LIBERAL Party (LP) senatorial candidate Ruffy Biazon on Thursday called one of Nacionalista Party (NP) candidates an "intrigero" for alleging that there is a "virus of distrust" plaguing the LP.

Biazon said that the NP bet, whom he refused to name, has been immersed too much in show business.

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"Apparently lacking substantial issues to discuss, the lawyer is using the issue to portray Aquino as someone incapable of managing the country. The matter of how a candidate manages his campaign finances is not really one that should be of consequence with regard to capability to run the country," he said.

On Tuesday, NP bet lawyer Adel Tamano said that Aquino's reported decision to personally take charge of his presidential campaign and centralize campaign funds and designate his sisters and former trade secretary Cesar Purisima to handle it hints that "there is the level of distrust" in the LP's campaign.

Biazon, also a Muntinlupa City Representative, countered that whoever a candidate chooses to handle his finances should not be a point of concern.

"Any politician knows that campaign finance management are purely a candidate’s discretion especially that a candidate has to make sure that every centavo that he gathers for his campaign goes to the right expenditure,"  Biazon said.

"The handling of such funds require the highest level of trust, especially at a time when opportunists, swindlers and other characters hover around candidates hoping to get a piece of the campaign fund pie," he added.

Tamano is also known as the legal counsel of a popular dermatology clinic to showbiz personalities.

"It’s a pity that a Harvard educated lawyer running for the Senate chose to assume the role of “intrigero” instead of taking on issues of greater national concern such as the postponement of the peace process in Mindanao. We can only guess how his fellow Muslims and Mindanaoans think about choice of issues to discuss," Biazon said. 

Meanwhile, LP senatorial slate campaign manager Senator Francis Pangilinan, who earlier admitted to have a rift with LP vice presidential bet Senator Mar Roxas, has denied that a rift still exists within the party. (Angela Casauay/Sunnex)