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Evardone to UNA: Stick to issues, shun personality-based campaign

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Rep. Ben Evardone FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Amid criticism against Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya for his “black and white” comment pertaining to the difference between the Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance, an LP member on Tuesday urged UNA to “raise the bar of public debate.”

Eastern Representative Ben Evardone said that UNA, which has maintained its stand as a constructive opposition, should “stick to issues and avoid a personality-based campaign.”

UNA has cried foul over Abaya’s comment, seeing it as an apparent dig at Vice President Jejomar Binay’s dark complexion.

“The statement of Secretary Abaya in trying to draw the line between the opposition and the administration candidates does not refer to the color of the skin of an individual. To interpret it like that is a very myopic view,” said Evardone.

“It is far from that,” he maintained.

“What we are trying to say is that the people should choose between those who embrace reforms and those who are against it. Huwag naman natin gawing ampaw ang debate sa mga isyu (Let’s not trivialize issues in our debates),” he added.

But UNA secretary general and Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco brushed off the statement, asking why Evardone deserved a reply.

He cited a quote from Evardone in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report back in 2008, saying “Evardone was quoted as saying “Wherever the President (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) is, I will be there,” he said. So shouldn’t he be at Veterans Hospital with GMA?”

Tiangco again raised what he called “sipsipolitics”, a term he used to describe the Eastern Samar lawmaker’s tendency to jump from one party to another.

“Why should I reply to a person with no word of honor? He ran under FPJ (the late Fernando Poe Jr.), transferred to [Arroyo] and is now with Pnoy (President Aquino). How does he explain that?” the UNA official asked.

“Just last week he was sowing intrigues between the President and the Vice President, so he was the one who started this personality-based politics,” he pointed out.

“The only politics he knows is sipsipolitics,” he accused.


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Tags: 2013 elections , Eastern Representative Ben Evardone , Liberal Party , Nation , News , Politics , Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya , United Nationalist Alliance


  • PIPOL_rd

    ITONG SI TOBY TIANGCO EH WALANG UTAK TO..HINDI NYA KAYANG IDEPENDE YON PARTIDO NYA KAYA PERSONAL NA LANG ANG ATAKE NYA..PAGING “UNA” PALITAN NYO NGA TONG SI TIANGGAGO KASI NO SENSE TO EH HAHHAHAH

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFDGBGI6RTVYTYN3X6OP2DVX4A droids

      Mas wala kang utak kay toby, BOBO KA BA? Ano ba tinapos mo eh si toby graduate ng ateneo sus!!!!

  • billy gunner

    evardone is synonymous to turncoat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    Bagay na bagay na magka-LOVE TEAM si Toby Adik at Ben Silahis…Sana hwag silang maghiwalay at lagi silang mag_orosan…

  • Kiro Nazakato

    ako din bwisit na bwisit dito kay toby  tiangco. arae araw na lang panay atake sa administrasyon. wala naman ma offer na magandang alternatibo. hanggang ngaun diko maubos maisip kung bakit ito kinuha sposkesperson ng una. numero unong intrigera, at mukhang bakla ba sya? walang sense magsalita. unnimpressive. wala na nga krediibilidad una, masisira pa lalo nitong toby tiangco na to.

  • buttones

    Personality based campaigns in PH are the mainstay of all elections, we invented this sort of thing plus the line dancing and silly songs -always have been, a PH election is not an election without this sort of entertainment- a prospective Senator doing the okey okey in a funny hat and in fact knowing all the words to that ditty is a sight to see- believe me… Platforms, policies, political ideals ? Boring, BORING!

  • marlaw

    TALAGANG PURO BASURA ANG PINAGSASABI NI TIANGCO AT HINDI DAPAT PINAGPAPAKINGGAN. HE IS THE FACE OF A CROOKED POLITICIAN. DAPAT WAG NG IBOTO NG MGA TAGA NAVOTAS AT SAYANG LANG ANG IPINAPASWELDO. ANG TAGAL NA HINAWAKAN ANG NAVOTAS PERO NASAAN ANG NAVOTAS NGAYON PAGDATING SA PROGRESO. SA AWA NG DIYOS ISA PA RIN SA PINAKAMAHIRAP AT PAURONG NA BAYAN. 

  • Guest

    Pansinin mo. When you say Araneta-Roxas clan, mga tisoy and tisay mga yan. Bakit si Mar Roxas ganoon ang kulay?

  • Guest

    Hindi kaya ‘ampon’ lang si Mar Roxas? Siya lang naiiba ang kulay sa Roxas’ clan. What do you
    think?

  • Guest

    Well naturingang anak mayamang angkan si Mar Roxas pero ang kulay naman niya di pang mayaman.

  • disqusted0fu

    Yes, stick to issues. So why didn’t you stick with making sure that the FOI bill passes as a law? Corruption and transparency are perhaps one of the biggest issues that the PH is facing. If the administration had stuck on addressing the issues instead of creating unnecessary ones, then they wouldn’t have to worry on UNA putting them on blast as their performance would’ve been able to speak for themselves.



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