With the ghost of Charter change hounding Malacañang, the yanking out of Leyte Gov. Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla for actor Cesar Montano may be just the first of several changes in its “Team Unity” lineup.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson made this assessment Saturday as he described Friday night’s substitution of Petilla by Montano as “just the tip of the iceberg.”
“Malacañang was hard put to form a slate because it wanted to abolish the Senate. So they were not prepared for an election, much less a senatorial election because they wanted to amend the Constitution and Cha-cha was their battle cry,” Lacson told reporters before joining the opposition campaign motorcade in Rizal province.
He added that when an election was inevitable, Malacañang was hard put to find candidates for its senatorial lineup, and had to come up with “Team Unity.”
Lacson said “Team Unity” was more of an excuse to justify Malacañang’s raiding of the opposition ranks just to fill up its slate.
“But this (Malacañang) lineup has no unity. It was too hastily assembled,” he said.
On the other hand, he said the opposition will continue campaigning and bringing to the people the gut issues, which include the accountability of public officials.
Earlier, he said the opposition plans to remind people about the “Hello Garci” scandal of 2005, to remind them to be vigilant against cheating in the May 14 polls.
“We will bring that to the people so they will think long and hard,” he said.
The opposition candidates received a warm welcome in Rizal province, with people going out of their houses to see the candidates in person.
The opposition passed through Cainta and Angono towns as of noon Saturday. Its itinerary also included Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Tanay, Pilila, Teresa, Cogeo and Antipolo City.