MANILA, Philippines - Juana Change wants to have coffee with Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a bid to finally thresh out differences that could have started as early as the campaign of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Much has been said and written about the turmoil within the support groups of Aquino, but only Mae Paner, a.k.a. Juana Change, has been vocal about her feelings about it.
This time, the political satirist wants Lacierda to face her over commentaries made in Facebook with regard to her most recent opinions.
In an interview with ANC’s Headstart on Monday, the advertising entrepreneur and performance artist admitted she has been receiving criticisms, but not the constructive kind, from Lacierda’s camp.
Paner said she was first interviewed on television regarding her feelings over the appointed Cabinet men. During the interview, she did not name names out of fear she will be misquoted.
Instead, she brought her commentaries on Facebook and mentioned the Aquino camp needed new faces instead of recycled ones.
“I referred to the Abads. Pero di ako galit sa mga Abad. Dun lang sa prinsipyo na dapat may mga bagong mukha,” she said.
Former Education Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad was tasked to handle the budget and management portfolio, while daughter Julia was made chief of the Presidential Management Staff.
“Sumagot naman sa akin si Dina (Butch’s wife). Sabi niya, ‘Mae, very aware naman kami diyan, delicadeza,” Paner said.
While this was happening, she alleged Lacierda was waging his own war in his Facebook account.
“Sabi ni Atty. Lacierda…I have to ask Mae kung saan siya nanggagaling. Pero ang pinakamagandang comment na pwede kong ibigay sa kanya, siya ay naiinggit,” Paner said.
In a text message, Lacierda denied having a tiff with Paner.
"Seriously, I am the wrong person to have coffee with. She should offer coffee to the Abads whom she alluded to in a negative light. She has not spoken to them yet," said Lacierda.
Lacierda admitted he is only protecting the Abads who are his close friends.
She said the controversy did not stop there, alleging Lacierda’s camp even resorted to name-calling.
The issue got worse, but the word-war supposedly happened only in Facebook.
A colleague then told her to iron out the controversy by inviting Lacierda over to a cup of coffee.
“He refused to meet me. Pero sa proclamation, nag-abot ang aming mga mata. Di mo naman maiiwasan. Sa laki kong ito, di naman pwedeng di mo ako makita,” she jokingly said.
To date however, the coffee date has not happened, Paner said.
Her commentaries also came on the back of statements from Aquino himself, who had already apologized for the behavior of his Cabinet men.
“Pareho naman naming mahal si Noynoy…We’re all volunteers for Noy…When things like these happen, na yung mga volunteer ni Noy sila-sila din yung mga problema, dagdag ka pa sa iisipin ni Noy,” she lamented.
Paner resigned from the Aquino campaign in March, saying some supporters fit the traditional politics category her group of artists had been lambasting in their videos.
Despite this, she continued to support the Aquino administration. She was one of the hosts during the President’s June 30 inauguration.