Villar to Aquino: I’ll take you to Tondo, take me to Luisita
Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—To prove that he was once poor, Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar is willing to bring Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to Tondo on condition that the latter would also give him a tour of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, where seven protesting farmers were killed in 2004.
Villar posed this challenge to his rival amid questions raised on his political advertisements, portraying him and his family to be victims of poverty.
“Pabayaan mo, iimbitahin ko ngayon gabi si Noynoy. Anytime, sasamahan ko siya sa bahay namin sa Moriones. Ituturo ko sa kanya yung kung saan ako lumaki. Ikukuwento ko sa kanya kung saan ako naglalaro, ang playground namin; kung saan iyong puwesto namin sa palengke, kung saan kami nagtitinda, kung saan ako nag-aral. Ituturo ko sa kanya lahat yan para malaman niya ang buhay mahirap (Don’t you worry, I will invite Noynoy tonight. Anytime I will go with him in our house in Moriones. I will show him where I grew up. I will show him where I played, where my playground was, our stall in the market and where I studied. I will show all these to him so he would know how it is to be poor),” he said in a radio interview Tuesday night.
‘Explain presence of administration allies in LP’
Unlike Aquino, Villar said he has no relatives working for the Arroyo government.
“Ako walang kamag-anak na kasama ng Pangulo. Si Noynoy yata anim o lima? Eh bakit ako ang dapat magpaliwanag, eh sila ang nag-imbento ng Villaroyo, sila rin ay kailangan magpaliwanag (I don’t have relatives who are with the President. I think Noynoy have five or six? Then, why should I explain when they are the ones who invented ‘Villaroyo.’ They should also explain,’ he said in a radio interview Tuesday night.
Villar also noted that Arroyo’s former Cabinet members are, in fact, now allied with Aquino and helping his campaign.