MANILA, Philippines - Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone dared the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to declare whether the alliance remains fully supportive of President Benigno Aquino III or has taken the role of a united opposition that stands in the way of the “Daang Matuwid” reform agenda.
Evardone said UNA cannot pretend to support the president while undermining his agenda.
He said UNA cannot have the best of both worlds. They should either give their 100 percent support or come out of the closet and present their alternative program of government in the coming elections, he added.
He noted UNA has been attacking the president in his decision to suspend erring local officials and coming out with campaign ads that the Aquino government has done nothing for the “masa” (public).
For Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco, UNA secretary general, he maintains that their coalition is "100 % constructive opposition," which means they support the administration's good programs but aims to suggest improvements and even criticize projects they deem ineffective.
Meanwhile, on the issue of the freedom of information (FOI) bill, Evardone said they scheduled to meet with the rules committee so that it will be included on the order of business this afternoon.
He also said he intends to oppose the proposed amendments of the Makabayan bloc. The Makabayan bloc withdrew their sponsorship of the bill because of inserted provisions that go against its essence.
He said he believes issues on national security should never be compromised and made public.