Villar apologizes to rivals hurt during the campaign period

May 10, 2010 8:08 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, May 10 -– Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manny Villar on Monday asked for forgiveness from other presidential candidates whom he might have hurt during the campaign period that was marred by mudslinging and personal attacks.

”For my opponents, if I have done something against you, forgive me,” Villar said in a press conference after casting his vote at the covered court of STI along Abel Nosce St. inside the BF Resort Village in Las Pinas City.

Villar said he enjoyed the 90-day campaign period despite his failure to present well to the people what he wanted to do for the country which he said remains under extreme poverty.

”I’m happy during the campaign. We've done our best to have a clean exchange of views. I tried my best to present the real issues to the people,” he said.

The presidential race became intense specially between Villar and Liberal Party bet Noynoy Aquino whose camp questioned Villar’s poor origin while accusing him as secret candidate of the present administration.

When the report about alleged psychiatric test of Aquino came out, the Liberal quickly accused the NP of releasing what the LP claimed as “bogus” report.

Near the homestretch of the campaign period, former President Joseph Estrada and his senatorial candidate Juan Ponce Enrile accused Villar of pressuring the Philippine Stock Exchange to bend its rules in favor of Villar’s company, Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. (VLL).

Villar denied all the allegations, calling them ‘black propaganda’ which heavily affected his rating in the surveys.

”It’s very unfortunate that we were not able to present well our platforms of government because of the mudslinging. I have done my best to present my programs. Let’s just wait for the people’s decision,” Villar said.

”Right now, I don’t want to argue with anybody. I’m not a quarrel-finder. At least now, I have proven that I’m not the candidate of GMA,” he said, referring to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

When asked if he is ready to concede, Villar replied “I have no problem with that.”

The NP president sees also no problem supporting whoever will win as next president.

”We have just to prove that it is the will of the Filipino people,” he said.

If he wins, Villar said he has a lot of things to do for the country to catch up with its neighbors in the Asian region. (PNA)

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