MANILA, Philippines - Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay is asking Senator Franklin Drilon not to cause division within the Magsaysay clan with the Liberal Party's fielding of former Senator Jun Magsaysay as its senatorial candidate.
“Personally, I am not onion-skinned but the fact that Senator Drilon maliciously implied that I am less of a Magsaysay because I was not born into the family speaks of his opinion that all married women are not real members of the family," she said.
"But that is his opinion. Whether or not he apologizes to all the women affected by his badmouthing is his choice," she addd.
Magsaysay said Drilon, being a member of the Liberal Party which is a rival of the United Nationalist Alliance with which she is affiliated, wants to downplay her accomplishments and make her appear less of a viable senatorial candidate.
However, she said dragging her family name into the picture is bad taste and discrimination.
“Politics is politics but he must understand the limits. Wanting to cause a rift within the clan is totally uncalled for and if he continues to pit us against each other, I do not want this to happen. I have said before that Tito Jun is more than welcome to choose what he will do in 2013. I respect him as a member of the family and as a statesman," she said.
"There is no issue so I hope Senator Drilon will stop implying that there is and stick to doing his job as a senator primarily and not as a campaigner for LP," she added.