Posted on Apr 30, 2010

Villar steadfast in anti-poverty platform

Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manny Villar reiterated that despite the vicious smear drive against him, his party will not resort to fabrication of lies like what his opponents engage in to gain mileage at the expense of a clean and platform-based campaign.

The erstwhile head of the Upper and Lower House said he would unwaveringly echo his message of ending poverty plaguing majority of Filipinos.

Currently 'swimming in a sea of black propaganda,' Villar commented, "Ang totoo naman, lahat ng iniri-raise na issue, pwedeng i-raise pagkatapos ng eleksyon," Villar said.

Tondo's once poor son also said he still sees Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile – who joined ousted president Joseph Estrada in accusing him of an alleged irregularity – as elder statesman.

He said he will not fight with Estrada and Enrile, adding that he understands that the two are merely conducting their exposé in aid of election.

Villar underscored that NP will never twist facts to unfairly assail opponents.

"Kung uungkatin lahat iyon (negative issues on Enrile and Estrada), palagay ko naman hindi fair sa kanila dahil mauubos din ang oras nila sa kasasagot. Samantalang sila naman ay kandidato at magandang pag-usapan din iyong kanilang kakayahan," he added.

He noted that his high regard for Estrada and Enrile will not change, although he believes they have a lot of things to explain with regard to what they have done in the past.

Villar lamented that because of false allegations hurled at him, the real focus of the campaign was being diverted, and the people are being misled.

On Vistaland, Villar explained earlier in a press conference, "Ang public offering ay isang bagay na ginagawa ng isang entrepreneur na parang graduation… pagkilala sa kanyang pinaghirapan. Pagka malaki na ang kumpanya niya, siya ay mag-pa-public offering para ma-valuehan iyon. Kaya ang Vista Land, nag-listing siya. Ibinenta yung mga stocks sa mga foreign funds. Nalulungkot ako na habang iginagalang ko si Pangulong Erap, at hanggang ngayon iginagalang ko siya—ang akin lang masasabi, baka nakuryente si Pangulong Erap.