MANILA - Malacañang doubts that United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Mitos Magsaysay wants President Aquino to "succeed," disputing her statement that UNA senatorial candidates give constructive criticisms to help the administration "to be the best that it could be."
"Thank you Rep. Mitos but the President and his Cabinet do not need a US Army slogan to excel. The President has been doing good governance for the past three years, much admired by both the local and international communities, notwithstanding your 'friendly' help," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a text message.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte described Magsaysay's statement as a "turnaround" from the critical statements that Magsaysay has issued about President Aquino.
Valte pointed out the Magsaysay has called Aquino several names.
Magsaysay once described Aquino as "the most amateur, stubborn, laid back, lazy, immature, and least knowledgeable president we ever had."
"That is certainly a turnaround from the two-and-a-half years worth of statements that Representative Magsaysay has been issuing against the President. Very early on, she had already let loose of several names about the President… With friends like that, who needs enemies?" Valte said.
"She's not in the slate of the President. That speaks volumes for itself," Valte added.
Lacierda earlier said that UNA senatorial candidates are confusing the public by wanting to be associated with President Aquino to increase their chances of winning but have been very critical of the administration.