MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan on Saturday said the debate on whether or not guest candidates should or shouldn't attend rallies of Team PNoy and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) should be put to rest.
Pangilinan urged candidates of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) to avoid engaging in the talks, calling it a "waste of energy and resolve."
Pangilinan believes it would also make them stray from the party’s vision for the upcoming midterm elections.
“We strongly urge our LP candidates not to engage in such talks and have others frame the issue according to their terms. It would be a waste of the LP candidates' energy and resolve,” Pangilinan said in a statement.
The senator also said more important matters are at hand, such as “the urgent need to ensure that the reform efforts of this administration are not derailed by electing those who do not share the vision of the President."
"Those presenting themselves to the electorate should focus on raising the level of public debate into that concerning economic and political issues affecting the nation rather than dwell on those matters that have no bearing on the pressing issues of the day,” he added.
The first few days of the senatorial campaign were marred by the issue on LP and UNA’s common candidates, senators Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero, and former MTRCB chairperson Grace Poe.
The 3 did not show up at the UNA proclamation rally in Cebu City last Tuesday and instead joined the Team PNoy rally in Manila.
Escudero did not send a proxy to UNA's rally while Legarda sent her father and Poe was represented by her son.
UNA stalwart and Vice President Jejomar Binay has hinted that his coalition might drop the 3 from their senatorial ticket if they will continue to snub their sorties.