Every senatorial candidate has to dig deep inside their bag of tricks to see which gambit they should use that would work for them this time with the people. This time of course is about the May 2013 elections.
One senatorial candidate who wants to win badly and who thinks she is politically shrewd by adopting a stratagem that would depict her as waving the banner bearing President Benigno Aquino’s (PNoy) “Tuwid na Daan” slogan is Zambales Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay.
“Kung sinabi ni PNoy na gusto niya ng kandidato na ‘Daang Matuwid,’ ako na po siguro ang pwede ninyong sabihin na isang kandidato na sumusunod sa daang matuwid,” she added. (If President Aquino says he wants you to choose a candidate who is on the so-called straight path, then I can say I am that candidate.)
Knowing very well how this slogan is earnestly practiced by PNoy and is helping sustain his popularity among the Filipinos, Mitos wants herself to be identified with this movement, hoping that people supporting the candidates of PNoy party will also include her.
For Mitos Magsaysay, a member of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial slate, to declare that she is the epitome of President Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan” slogan is not only trying to trick the Filipino people, but most of all it is seen as a ploy of political opportunism that we should start rejecting in this country, whoever practices it.
If Mitos was not aspiring to become senator in May elections, would she be having good words for President Aquino?
One could still vividly remember how, on several occasions, she, like her ilk, Rep. Danilo Suarez, was always there staunchly defending former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) and lambasting President Aquino every time an issue was raised against GMA. Both used to be members of Arroyo’s Lakas Kampi-CMD.
If GMA finds herself where she now – under hospital arrest at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City – how, for chrissake, could Mitos claim that she is a strong adherent of the “Tuwid na Daan” slogan?
This is a classic example of a great saying in Spanish, “Dime quienes son tus amigos y te diré quien eres.” (Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.)
The gall of her now to insinuate that she is a disciple of President Aquino!
Perhaps Sen. Franklin Drilon was right when sometime in 2012 he said: “Ang tunay na Magsaysay ang aming kandidato.” (The real Magsaysay is our candidate.) He was of course referring to comebacking former senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr.
Indeed, there is a big difference between the two of them.