Victory makes forgiving and forgetting easier.
This seems to be the case with reelectionist Senators Loren Legarda and Alan Peter Cayetano, strong winners in the recently-concluded elections, who on Wednesday vowed to work together after the elections.
Legarda and Cayetano, who ran under the administration-led coalition Team PNoy, denied that there was any rift between them.
“Ako ay isang taong walang sama ng loob maski kaninuman (I am a person who has no ill-feelings to anyone),” Legarda said in a television interview.
During the campaign, Legarda said her “fellow candidates” were behind the demolition job against her after reports came out that she omitted to include a posh condominium unit in New York in her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
Although she did not name names, reports indicated that she was alluding to Cayetano.
But Cayetano said he did not feel alluded to, that’s why he did not answer back.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself had admitted that some of the Team PNoy’s senatorial bets are not in good terms with each other.
Aquino said Liberal Party leaders talked with Legarda and Cayetano to try to patch up between them.
Cayetano said Legarda never confronted him about the issue.
After making it to the Top 12, Legarda and Cayetano thanked the voters for giving them another mandate in the Senate.
“I will continue to give due importance to my advocacies, which are really all for the benefit of the people. I will work with excellence and with passion, the brand of service for which I am proud,” Legarda said.
Ritchie A. Horario