MANILA - Senatorial candidate Richard Gordon on Wednesday took an apparent swipe at Team PNoy and President Aquino while campaigning in Pampanga, a vote rich province considered to be the bailiwick of former President Gloria Arroyo.
Gordon said on stage that former presidents should not be criticized.
"Hindi na dapat sinisiraan ang Pangulo pag natapos ang termino," he said.
Gordon did not identify Mrs. Arroyo as the former President being on the receiving end of criticism, but President Aquino's criticism of former President Arroyo has become a staple in many public appearances.
Gordon was an ally of Mrs. Arroyo. He served in the Arroyo Cabinet as tourism secretary.
Mrs. Arroyo is currently under hospital arrest for plunder.
Gordon's speech was anchored on change and development for the country. He said continued criticism of past presidents is among the culprits of slow progress.
San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, another senatorial bet of the United Nationalist Alliance, believes if there is a party who would receive the backlash in votes in this province during the elections, it will be the administration party and not UNA.
"Tingin ko Liberal. Sila naman yung ginagawang punching bag si GMA, hindi kami," he said.
Ejercito's father is former President Joseph Estrada who was ousted by Mrs Arroyo in the so-called EDSA Dos revolt of 2001.
Another UNA bet, Nancy Binay, believes UNA has an edge over Team PNoy among the Kapampangans.
"Sa init ng pagtanggap sa amin dito, malaki ang pag asa na marami sa UNA ang mananalo dito," she said.