MANILA, Philippines?For Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel ?Mikey? Arroyo, vindictiveness would be the hallmark of a Benigno ?Noynoy? Aquino III presidency.
In a text message to reporters, the elder son of President Macapagal-Arroyo said: ?Since he [Aquino] is trekking on the politics of hatred, I am inclined to believe that if he wins, he would not only go after his perceived opponents based on his definition of good and evil, but he may well move to have the Bible and dictionary rewritten to suit his personality and interests.?
Aquino is the standard-bearer of the Liberal Party while Arroyo, of the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD, has given way to his mother so she could run for his House of Representatives seat representing the second district of Pampanga.
The young Arroyo is the nominee of the party-list group Ang Galing Pinoy, which professes to represent security guards.
Instead of turning the campaign into a fight between good and evil and quarreling with those opposed to him, Arroyo said, Aquino should squarely address the issues of the non-distribution of Hacienda Luisita to its tenant-farmers and the construction of an interchange on the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway in the sugar estate which supposedly greatly benefited his family financially.
Aquino has said that one of his first acts as president would be to create a commission that would investigate all the corruption issues against President Arroyo and the First Family.
The young Arroyo also told Aquino to leave his father, First Gentleman Jose Miguel ?Mike? Arroyo, out of the politicking.
?Please be sensitive enough and leave my ailing father alone. Just let him recover in peace. He is not the issue here. My father is not in any way involved in the Lakas-Kampi-CMD campaign,? Arroyo said.
The First Gentleman remains in hospital after suffering a new tear in his aorta two weeks ago. His condition then was described as critical but his doctors have said he may leave the hospital soon.
Arroyo said it was preposterous of Aquino to continue to glorify the rumor that the First Gentleman was behind the switch in support by the politically powerful Garcia family of Cebu from Lakas-Kampi standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro to the Nacionalista Party?s presidential candidate Manny Villar, even after Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia and her family have denied the rumor.
?It?s a classic divide-and-rule tactic, but I?m very sorry to disappoint you, Mr. Aquino. Your sinister plot has not only failed but has backfired because it has only further solidified and consolidated the party. It has only made our local leaders more vigorous and aggressive in their support for our very own candidate en route to victory,? Arroyo said.