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Rivals taunt Aquino: What have you done in the past?
By Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:11:00 01/10/2010
MANILA, Philippines–The gloves are off.
The presidential race is gathering steam, with Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar demanding to know from Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III if the latter had anything to show that he could deliver on promised reforms.
Incidentally, it was the first time Villar, a self-made billionaire with humble beginnings, showed up at a forum of presidential candidates.
The occasion was the “presidential forum” held Saturday at the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City, where Villar and Bagumbayan Party standard-bearer Richard Gordon ganged up on Aquino, their fellow senator, and his purported lack of competence and experience to lead the nation.
Aquino—who continues to be No. 1 in the surveys although his lead over Villar is narrowing—is running on a platform of hope and change.
“We should show that we aspirants can really implement change. Meron ka na bang naipakita na may kakayahan kang magbago (Have you shown that you have the ability to effect change)?” Villar said, adding:
“But you can’t easily change society. All forces will go against you. The question: ‘May nagawa ka na ba (Have you done anything)? Did [you] change something in the past? It is important to establish that when you say that you will change … you are really capable [of doing it].”