MANILA, Philippines - A television advertisement released by vice-presidential candidate Jejomar Binay was criticized for allegedly taking advantage of the so-called 'Cory Magic.'
The latest advertisement revolved around the theme of Binay's participation on the historic EDSA People Power revolution back in 1986, and his close political relationship with the late former president Corazon Aquino.
In the ad, Binay was narrating that he was one with Aquino and the rest of the heroes of EDSA in the quest to regain democracy for the country.
He is also shown wearing a yellow shirt, the color most associated with the Aquinos, as well as with the campaign of the former president's son, Benigno III.
Binay of PDP-Laban political party said his new political advertisement will help introduce him to more voters.
"Sabihin na nating ganoon ang epekto noon, dahil sa mga bata ngayon, karamihan hindi alam ang nangyari noon. 'Yong iba hindi pa pinapanganak noon," he said.
Some critics said Binay, who is the running mate of former President Joseph Estrada, was trying to capitalize on the 24th anniversary of the event to strengthen his image, and to take advantage of the so-called "Cory Magic," which some say is one of the reasons why Aquino III is among the leading contenders for the presidency.
Critics said the so-called "Erap Magic" is not enough to pull up Binay's ratings in the surveys, but Binay countered this argument.
"'Di naman... [nagkakaroon] ng kumpitensya ang Cory at Erap Magic. Itong taon gusto ko lang ipakita sa inyo na kasama ako diyan [sa EDSA 1], " he said.
He also dismissed the critics of his ad.
"Wala lang silang masabi. Natural lang may magalit, may mainggit," he said. With a report from Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News