Ping twits Miriam: I'm no presidential aspirant

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2014 06:14 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2014 02:14 AM

MANILA - Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR) Panfilo Lacson on Monday dismissed the latest tirade of Senator Miriam Santiago against him, saying he is not aspiring to become president.

“I’m not a presidential aspirant,” he said. “I have no pretensions… I am focused on my job and that’s it. What you see is what you get."

"Pag meron kaming nakitang mali, then we will inform you para ma-correct. Kung ano ‘yung positibong pwede naming gawin at pwede rin naming iparating sa inyo, ipararating namin sa inyo. But I am so focused on my job. Six weeks pa nga lang parang tingin ko sa sarili ko tumanda ako ng six years e. So that’s how focused we are."

Santiago earlier said Filipinos should have seen through politicians’ masks by now to know whom to vote for in 2016.

“As partners in crime, none of them deserve to be president or vice-president. The Filipino people have seen through their masks, and these clowns should stop current efforts at further pretense, such as being called ‘czar,’ when the person is only a presidential assistant,” Santiago said.

She said there will be two “potentially seismic political years” between 2014 and 2016 for these hopefuls.

“The 2016 presidential elections are now within sight of the political horizon. We should now look at personalities amassing a mass base, popular in surveys, and issuing self-serving press releases. But are they good leaders?” she said.

The senator said those who were linked to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fund controversies will not win in 2016. With a report by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News