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(Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., shared the following statement with InterAksyon.com late Monday night, after the United Nationalist Alliance where the PDP Laban party he cofounded is a part of decided on Monday to accommodate former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri on its 2013 Senate slate, over the strong objections of PDP Laban president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, Nene’s son. Zubiri resigned last year, on the eve of a Comelec confirmation of the fraud that attended the 2007 elections, in which he was the principal beneficiary, serving four of the six-year term that it turns out should have been Koko Pimentel’s. Zubiri denied having a hand in the cheating.)
The UNA decision to accommodate Migs 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.
By welcoming Migs 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.
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.
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.
It seems that money is now the principal measure of what is right and good in the political arena.
But if UNA will not stand for principles, who will?
And if not now, when?