MANILA, Philippines – Vice-President Jejomar Binay defended Monday Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay after she was tagged as one of the harshest critics of the Aquino government.
Binay defended Magsaysay's previous attacks against President Benigno Aquino III, saying they were nothing personal. He said the public should look at Magsaysay’s qualifications and not her past association with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“Constructive criticism naman iyon. Unang una bakit naman hahanapan at may narinig ba kayong namersonal si Congresswoman Magsaysay? Di naman a. Ganoon lang yun ano, kailangan nating tignan ang kakayahan ng bawat tao at di naman kung sino ang kanyang nakasama,” he said in an interview.
Magsaysay is one of several names being floated as a possible addition to the senatorial slate of the United Nationalist Alliance of PDP-Laban and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.
Last year, she described Aquino as "the most amateur, stubborn, laid back, lazy, immature, and least knowledgeable president we ever had."
"Because he is too laid back and not knowledgeable on most issues, it greatly affects the policy direction and decision making process of the government," she said in an interview.
Sen. Koko Pimentel, president of PDP-Laban, earlier welcomed Magsaysay’s possible addition to the UNA slate despite her support for former President Arroyo.
Asked why Magsaysay is on the list of possible candidates, he said: “Because she is qualified. I have no objections against Mitos. Even if she defended the policies of the previous administration, for as long as you defend policy, that means you are a good party member. Mas gusto ko yang party member. She is not personality based but she defends policy.”
Pimentel said Magsaysay will have to renounce her old party and join either the PMP or PDP-Laban so she could join the UNA slate.