MANILA, Philippines - Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay on Saturday said she felt offended by Senator Franklin Drilon's statement that she is not a real Magsaysay.
"The remark of Senator Drilon about the 'fake' Magsaysay is an affront to all married women. It just shows how low he regards his wife and sister-in-law," said Magsaysay, a former Arroyo ally who will be a candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), a coalition between the PDP-Laban and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP), in 2013.
Drilon told reporters recently that the Liberal Party (LP) will be fielding the "real Magsaysay" in the 2013 elections.
“Ang tunay na Magsaysay ang aming kandidato—si Ramon Magsaysay Jr.,” Drilon said at a forum this week. “Ang tunay na Magsaysay, subok na."
Former Senator 'Jun' Magsaysay is the son of former President Ramon Magsaysay. He is a veteran politician who has served in the Senate for 2 terms.
"His remark smacks of discrimination and encourages families to regard the women and mothers as never worthy to be part of that family even if they have married into it. Does he mean that Mrs. Drilon is now regarded as fake?" said Mitos Magsaysay.
Jun Magsaysay is the 1st cousin of former Zambales Gov. Vic Magsaysay, the father-in-law of the congresswoman.
The election bids of Mitos and Jun may confuse voters and affect their chances of winning.
But for Rep. Magsaysay, she is confident that her performance in Congress will be the difference.