The United Nationalist Alliance decision to accommodate Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri as a 2013 senatorial candidate weakens its pretentions that it will set the tone for the reformation of our country’s corrupt political system, former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Sr. said in a press release yesterday.
“By welcoming Migz into its fold, UNA has unequivocably put itself on the side of electoral cheats and sends the message that it will do anything to propel itself into power,” he said.
That attitude will set back the cause of the transformation of the country that some political figures mouth so easily to lure the gullible to board their bandwagon, he said.
“To UNA, the principles that Koko Pimentel is fighting for: clean and honest elections, transparency and accountability especially of public officials are useless and irrelevant. And should be substituted by what is politically practical and expedient,” he said.
It seems that money is now the principal measure of what is right and good in the political arena, Pimentel added.*