Mudslinging, tasteless repartee par for the course in PH politics

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PAMPANGA, Philippines – One aspiring senator made a startling allegation on national TV: his bitter political enemy was a wife-beater.

In Manila, two very senior politicians vying for the mayoral seat dug up old wounds, hurling political mud toward the other direction, to the dismay of a predominantly young crowd at a university forum.

Just on Saturday, a congressional candidate made a rather tasteless “pickup line” at a campaign rally here. “Ketchup ka ba?” outgoing Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo asked comedienne Tia Pusit on stage.

Asked why, Pelayo replied with deadpan humor: “Kasi kailangan ka ng hotdog ko.” The captive crowd at the Ms. Earth Plaza covered court laughed.

So has the campaign for the May 13 senatorial election gone too low? Or is it business as usual for politics, Philippine-style?

Former Representative Juan Miguel Zubiri admitted on Saturday that the campaign was getting “frustrating,” especially with his high-profile back and forth with Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

“I’m frustrated on the way the campaigns of both sides are being run,” he said during a campaign here.

“It’s now becoming black propaganda against black propaganda. We hope we could go back to issue-oriented politics and I hope it would start from the one who has been attacking me.”

Zubiri, a regular target in Pimentel’s own campaign with the administration ticket, floated the idea of a political “ceasefire”. But he said it should come from Pimentel, who continues to accuse him of cheating in the 2007 senatorial election.

“If he wants a ceasefire, then we’ll have a ceasefire,” he said in Filipino. “But I hope he does it first because I’ve been keeping quiet.”

Zubiri held up until he dropped a bombshell during a faceoff with Pimentel in a TV program earlier this week. He accused Pimentel of being a wife-beater, the information purportedly coming straight from the senator’s estranged spouse, Jewel. Mrs. Pimentel later issued a statement denying the account of Zubiri, her cousin.

Zubiri stuck to his story on Saturday and said he would issue a formal statement by Sunday. He said Jewel had spoken of her complaints with her husband during separate visits in the houses of ex-President Joseph Estrada and Representative Toby Tiangco.

“I regret having to hurt her by making that public,” he said. “I did that because I was sick and tired of all the lies and black propaganda that her husband had been throwing at me.”

With its candidates lagging behind in surveys lately, UNA is stepping up its campaign.

Zubiri said the new strategy would break up all nine candidates into small groups to cover more ground. They were to do just that for big Baguio rally Sunday night. Before converging on the “summer capital,” UNA bets were to visit Pangasinan, Benguet, and La Union in separate sorties.

Candidates are likewise stepping up in terms of entertainment lately.

UNA aspirants have been dancing more like what happened during the mini-rally here on the occasion of Pelayo’s birthday.

Zubiri, Nancy Binay, and former Senator Ernesto Maceda all danced to the Korean dance hit “Gangnam Style.” Tia Pusit was also more aggressive in her comic intermission, providing more toilet humor and sexual undertones.

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  • 12JEM

    Counter-attacking your political foe at the expense of your Cousin is so far the most tasteless gambit around.

    Talo ka na MgZ…you are more than a political slime..Shame on you.

    Ituloy mo ang atake kay Koko on the issue of his marital problem and you will bury yourself…further down below the Septic Tank.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      mas talo yang idol mo na si kikay Pimentel. Pre wala kang karapatan mamuno ng bansa kung sarili mo asawa sinasaktan mo di ka tunay na lalaki pag ganun kahit mga gay di ginagawang manakit ng babaeng walang laban.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YXF5QOV65XHXJTQB4R6SEOGUCU gilbert

    hahaha, ayan, puro pang-uuto sa taumbayan ang ginagawa ng mga pulitiko, sayawan, kantahan,mga artista, hayyyyy, naku, walang pagbabago ang istilo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Talo ka na Zubiri, Dayain mo na lang ulit. Medyo mahihirapan ka…..wala ng ampatuan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Oo nasa partido na nina PNOY ang mga Ampatuan. Dating Cory loyalist yang mga Ampatuan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    Zubiri, if you cheat and call to just move on and forget everything— cheating is not black propaganda. it is front and center of your candidacy. and how did you respond to the issue of cheating?–that you are not aware, that GMA cheated for you? how magnanimous GMA was to your candidacy.
    Bawal ang magnanakaw sa senado!!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W6OYQAQ3YNWGE4SIRA4IIQ4Y3Y joshua

      bawal din ang manakit ng asawa sa senado.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

      Bawal ang magnanakaw sa senado? hahahahahahaha!

  • $5699914

    Circus. Period.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Nakooo me tatalo pa ba sa guro ng mga mudslinger? Si PNOy ang king of MUDSLINGING.Sina Aquino ang nagpauso ng pagbato ng putik. ANG HARI NG MGA HARI SA MUDSLINGING.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Payo ito sa yo Zubiri. Kung gusto mong maging magaling na mudslinger magpaturo ka kay Presidente PNOY. MAGNACUMLAUDE SI PNOY sa Mudslinging. TILA OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SI PNOY pagdating sa pagbato ng putik.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Pag ang isang tao ay nabato ni Presidente ng putik aba! yung bato sa pantog lang nung kalaban ang walang tama! Sa galing kayang bumato ng putik ni PNOY. KAHIT NASA IBANG BANSA SYA, ABA BUMABATO PA RIN.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Hindi ang hitsura ni Pimentel ang nanakawan ng boto ni Zubiri! Lahat ng laban ni Zubiri puro panalo at walang nagreklamo na dinaya sila ni Zubiri. Si Coco lang ang nagreklamo. Mas sikat si Zubiri kesa kay Coco. Mas masipag talaga si Zubiri. Ang daming nagawa sa senado ni Zubiri .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Naunang nagparinig si Coco. Di sya pinapansin ni Zubiri ano sabi ni Coco, puro pa cute lang si Zubiri at dinaya sya! Mula ng pumasok sa pulitika si Zubiri wala pang talo. E si Coco kumandidatong mayor , natalo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Di ang klase ni Coco ang nanakawan ng boto ni Zubiri. Mas sikat si Zubiri kesa kay Coco. Matagal na sa pulitika si Zubiri pero si Coco lang ang nagreklamo na sya ay dinaya.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Is it any wonder why our country is lagging behind others in the region? These no good for nothing politicians are to blame for our decline. Puro mga batang walang isip.

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