Cayetano to PNoy: Not all opposition back GMA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2012 12:07 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2012 12:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano said the Aquino administration should stop labeling all those in the opposition as pro-Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In a statement, he said politics in the country has become a multi-party system, such that the pro-Arroyo group is just one of many in the opposition.

"In a multi-party system, that's not accurate. GMA is one opposition group. Many anti-GMA politicians also belong to the opposition," he said.

The senator pointed out that using the logic, "Kapag oposisyon ka, kay GMA ka. Kapag administrasyon ka, Noynoy ka", only exacerbates existing political conflicts in the country.

"If you look at the news, first it was only the Liberal Party (LP) and the Partidong Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) that spoke out against each other. Now even some allegedly part of the GMA group is saying that many pro-GMA politicians are now serving under the Aquino administration," he said.

He noted that even former party-mates of Arroyo are now in the administration.

"This is how politics works in our country. But if the President wants this to change, we will engage him in that," he said.

He said that change will not mean lumping together all opposition parties as pro-Arroyo.