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Let 'true Magsaysay' run for Senate, says Drilon

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Posted on 06/28/2012 3:38 PM  | Updated 06/28/2012 9:26 PM

THE TRUE MAGSAYSAY? Sen. Frank Drilon eyes former senator Ramon Magsaysay as LP senate betTHE TRUE MAGSAYSAY? Sen. Frank Drilon eyes former senator Ramon Magsaysay as LP senate bet

MANILA, Philippiens - Senator Franklin Drilon is endorsing “the true Magsaysay” to join the Liberal Party’s (LP) 2013 senatorial slate—former senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay Jr.

Ang tunay na Magsaysay ang aming kandidato,” Drilon said in a press conference on Thursday, June 28.

Zambales Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay is running under Vice President Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). She used to be a member of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s Lakas Kampi-CMD and a vocal critic of President Aquino.

Drilon said he didn't mean to say that Mitos Magsaysay is not a real member of the Magsaysay clan. He said he called Jun Magsaysay the “real” Magsaysay only because he is the son of former President Ramon Magsaysay.

The Zambales solon is married to a Magsaysay.

Former Sen Magsaysay, on the other hand, is the first cousin of her father-in-law Vicente Magsaysay. Mitos and his father-in-law are both Lakas members. Vicente was a Lakas senatorial bet in 2007, but he lost.

Mitos: It’s an intrigue

Zambales Rep. Mitos MagsaysayZambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay

Sought for comment, the Zambales representative said it’s a mere “intrigue.”

“He (Jun Magsaysay) has not said that he is running. As long as I’ve not heard it from him, it remains an intrigue,” she told Rappler.

She said she saw her uncle last year but he supposedly never expressed his intent to return to the Senate.

She said Drilon is obviously threatened by her.

“I’m a vocal [critic] of the administration so they are trying to negate me,” she said.

Both LP and UNA are in the process of completing their senatorial slates for the 2013 elections. – Rappler.com

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