On Leading And Lying: The Villar Puzzle
The Nacionalista Party standard bearer has just about had it.
Senator Manny Villar is now demanding public apologies from those calling him a liar over political claims that he had literally “swam in a river of garbage and too poor to buy the needed medicines to save an leukemia-stricken younger brother” issue a public apology.
Dapat humingi ng paumanhin ang mga naninira. May sakit noon ang kapatid ko. Hindi ba dapat na dalhin ko siya sa (FEU) ospital (Those smearing me should apologize. Shouldn’t our famiy habe brought my brother to the (FEU) hospital)?
The embattled candidate, whose acceptability ratings as second-running ‘presidentiable’ dropped substantially in the two latest pre-election surveys, went short of threatening to sue his detractors.
Senator Villar is insisting that the accusations against, which have included alleged involvement in a 2-B land grab that victimized minority Dumagat farmer-tribesman in Bulacan are just part of an extended political smear job.
The good Senator must be missing the point: lying about being poor insults the poor, and raises questions about how honest he will be as President, if he does beat the odds.