Opposition vice presidential candidate Senator Gringo Honasan hinted the recent attack ads targeting Vice President Jejomar Binay were handiwork of rivals.
He did not name names but said he was not surprised by the television ads that focused on allegations of corruption against presidential candidate Binay.
Honasan and Binay are running under the banner of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
“We don’t expect any admissions, but that’s part of the game,” Honasan said.
But he deplored that the ads “distracted the electorate from what should be an articulation of platforms and programs.”
Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs Rico Quicho the ads were part of black propaganda against Binay of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) which is fielding Mar Roxas for President.
“This is a manifestation of the vain attempt to compensate the gross inefficiency and lack of empathy of the LP’s presidential candidate through inappropriate mudslinging against another candidate,” Quicho said.
Mudslinging and black propaganda are traditional components of Philippine elections.
Candidates are not the only targets.
Their relatives, too, are par for the course in the shame campaign.
Scud missiles laced with vicious poison are now being fired by rivals and their propaganda machines at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is leading surveys for presidential preference.
The smear drive was expected to heighten during the campaign period for the 2016 elections.
Already veterans of political battles, the Duterte children, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and former mayor lawyer Sara Duterte-Carpio, said they are ready for the expected barrage of black propaganda hurled at them as collateral targets.
Paolo and Sara are not angels and had controversial past experiences in private life and as government officials to feed wagging tongues and or used by the propaganda machineries of the political enemies of Duterte aiming to smear his image to stop his presidential bid.
This early, Duterte foes are now zeroing in on Sara, unearthing her mauling of a court sheriff when she was the sitting mayor and spreading misinformation about the incident in social media.
For the sake of fairness and to correct lies that black propagandists may spin from the incident, we are reposting our news coverage of THE SARA PUNCH.
The message of Christmas is peace and Vice President Jejomar Binay has called on political parties and candidates to declare a ceasefire on dirty politics during the Yuletide season.
Binay’s Christmas wish: If the New People’s Army (NPA) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have declared a SOMO (Suspension Of Military Operations), politicians should also declare their own ‘SOMO’ or Suspension Of Mudslinging Operations.
Binay said politicians during the Christmas holiday, should stop the mudslinging and personal attacks and instead shake hands, embrace one another and pray together.
He noted that even armed communist rebels and the military have separately declared a SOMO during the holidays.
I hope that in politics there will be ceasefire too. Peace should prevail, Binay said in an interview with Bombo Radyo in General Santos City.
Binay, who is running for President under the banner of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance in the 2016 election, said his appeal is addressed to all national and local leaders.