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Atienza fires again at Lacson: Study some manners too

Presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo Lacson and vice presidential candidate Rep. Lito Atienza (INQUIRER file pictures)

MANILA, Philippines — “Study some manners, too, Ping.”

This was the response of vice presidential guess Rep. Lito Atienza to Senator Panfilo Lacson after the latter rejected his suggestion to drop out from the presidential race to offer strategy to a Pacquiao-Sotto tandem.

“Very clear that he didn’t take it nicely. It was stuffed with patriotic sense and I assumed Ping is a real patriot,” Atienza stated in an ANC interview on Friday.

“Wala naman akong sinabing masama. Di ko naman sinabing disqualified siya. Di ko naman sinabing masamang tao siya. Di ko sinabi lahat yung mga depekto niya,” he added.

(I didn’t say something dangerous. I didn’t say he was disqualified. I didn’t say he’s a nasty particular person. I didn’t point out any of his defects.)

 Atienza stated “there was nothing insulting” about his suggestion to Lacson. Atienza stated that what was “insulting” was the senator’s response.

“Yung sagot niya, bumalik daw…I took that (GMRC) up in Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and in my household dwelling…Yun ang insulting.  My retort to that’s, study some manners, too, Ping. Yung values mo iba e,” Atienza stated.

(His response, that I am going again to high school…I took that up(GMRC)  in Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and in my household dwelling. That’s insulting. My retort to that’s, study some manners, too, Ping. Your values are totally different.)

He was referring to Lacson’s pronouncement, saying Atienza ought to “return to high school and examine GMRC (Good Manners and Proper Conduct).”

“I believe I used to be mistaken to make that suggestion to someone such as you. I ought to’ve waited to your determination,” Atienza went on.

“Ayoko naman makasira ng partnership nila. Kung talagang desidido siya [I don’t want to ruin their partnership. If he’s really decided], I’ll respect the choice. No laborious emotions. No nothing. It’s your determination Ping. Not mine,” he additional stated.

 “It’s your name not mine. You don’t have to be insulting to make your level. ‘Di ako magwi-withdraw dahil itutuloy ko ang laban’ [‘I will not withdraw, I will continue my fight’]. Good, I’ll clap for you. Bravo, that’s my Ping Lacson,” he added.

 On Thursday, Atienza advised reporters he’s “very seriously” considering dropping out of the vice presidential race. 

 He added that he’s “hoping and praying” that Lacson would do the “self-sacrificing act” of withdrawing from the race in order that his operating mate, vice presidential guess Senate President Vicente Sotto III, can probably group up with one other presidential candidate, Senator Manny Pacquiao.

 Pacquiao is Atienza’s presidential operating mate.

“I hope he  (Lacson) backs out, too, and that would change the entire construction that would utterly demolish the Bongbong-Sara tandem,” Atienza had stated.


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