Villar spent X'mas on streets? Noynoy has own sob story

by Carmela Fonbuena, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak

Posted at Feb 25 2010 09:12 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2010 08:53 PM

I spent X'mas with my innocent dad in jail, LP bet says

MANILA, Philippines - So you think the childhood of Nacionalista Party (NP) presidential candidate Manuel Villar Jr. was so bad because--as his popular TV ads tell us--he spent Christmases on the streets and experienced living amid garbage?

Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has his own sob story. In a speech on Thursday during the 24th anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolt, he shared his own challenges as a young boy.

"Nasubukan na ba ninyo na makulong ng Pasko at Bagong Taon para lang makapiling ang inyong mahal sa buhay na wala namang sala?" Aquino said before thousands of supporters at the Araneta Coliseum.

It was an obvious twist from a line in one of Villar's ads: "Nagpasko ka na ba ng sa gitna ng kalsada?"

Aquino added: "Nakaranas na ba kayo na mag-iyakan ang inyong buong pamilya pagsapit ng Bagong Taon sa loob ng maliit na selda samantalang nagdidiwang at nagsasaya sa labas ang buong daigdig?

"Nakaranas na ba kayong maging kuya at tatay sa mga kapatid na babae sa murang edad ng inyong pagbibinata.

"Ang lahat ng naranasan kong ito ay bahagi ng isang bangungot na hindi dapat nangyari, at lalo ng hindi na dapat maulit pa," Aquino said.

Estimates from the LP camp said nearly 20,000 supporters attended the event at the Araneta Coliseum. Another stage was set up outside for those who could not be accommodated inside.

NP's concert

While the LP celebrated the EDSA People Power anniversary in Quezon City, the NP also had its concert event at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

"Di ko alam ang ipinagdiriwang doon. Pero OK lang sakin," Aquino said, when asked to comment on the NP activity.

Asked if he thinks the NP intentionally matched the LP celebration, Aquino said: "Maraming araw na pwedeng gawin--bukas o Sabado. Pero pinili ang araw na ito. As usual, OK lang po."

Towards the end of the speech, Aquino expressed confidence that he will win the presidential elections.

"Sa mga nanlalait, hindi lang sakin, kundi sa panawagan ng panahon, simple lang ang sagot dito: Ito ang ating tadhana," he said.