Quantcast
Latest Stories

UNA Senate candidates hit fake e-mails on withdrawals

By

Reelectionist Sen. Gregorio Honasan: Not true I backed out. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—All nine United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidates are ready to face the most important survey—Monday’s elections—the coalition said Sunday as it battled last-minute black propaganda claiming that candidate Sen. Gregorio Honasan had backed out of the race.

Another candidate, Juan Miguel Zubiri, also deplored a “fake press release” claiming to be from his camp on which he supposedly disparaged rival candidate Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III over the latter’s family problems.

Honasan condemned the fictitious e-mail that circulated Sunday that said he had withdrawn his candidacy, but he added that he would rather not dwell on the identity of those behind it or the motive for the attack.

“None of them are man enough, brave enough to stand in front of us to confront us about all these issues,” he said over the phone.

“I’m just amazed at the viciousness of the way they’ve have been acting,” he added.

The reelectionist senator said he was not the type to quit a battle he had chosen.

“I am not one to give up on any battle or principle,” Honasa said in a separate statement.

Honasan said he was confident he had done his best in the campaign and had delivered his message directly to the people.

“I trust in their ultimate wisdom and judgment,” he added.

UNA said in a statement that the fake e-mail about Honasan was sent by “political operators” who wanted to derail his candidacy in the hope that this would benefit their clients. It did not name names.

Honasan was ranked 12th in the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations.

Like Honasan, Zubiri said he was also the target of a fake e-mail that appeared to stoke the rivalry between him and Pimentel.

Zubiri said he would ask the National Bureau of Investigation’s cybercrime group to investigate the e-mail and file the appropriate charges against those behind it.

The e-mail, purportedly from Zubiri, taunted Pimentel for having no accomplishments in the Senate and a broken marriage, and saying that he should just focus on his family life.

The animosity between the two stemmed from Zubiri benefiting from the electoral fraud that had initially kept Pimentel out of the Senate. Zubiri eventually quit his seat when Pimentel’s electoral protest began gaining traction.

The campaign heated up when Zubiri said in a public interview that Pimentel’s estranged spouse was a battered wife. Pimentel denied the claim.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Election Highlights




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  2. Name names, Lacson told
  3. Santiago: Enrile, Lacson, Reyes plotting massive psywar operation
  4. Slain officer’s ‘diagram’ rocks PNP
  5. Kris Aquino’s ex- close in security named new Air Force chief
  6. Ex-COA chief nabbed for plunder
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  9. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  10. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
Advertisement

News

  • Seabed search for missing Malaysian jet to widen
  • Lacson rejects calls to name ‘pork’ execs
  • Obama due in Seoul as North Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Sports

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Corruption not invincible after all
  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement