SEN. Gregorio Honasan on Sunday, denounced attempts of certain groups to sow confusion in the minds the people and make them believe that he is withdrawing from the Senatorial race on the eve of the May 13 midterm elections.
Honasan in an interview with The Manila Times maintained that he is still running for re-election in the Senate and the reports about him backing out from the race are just part of the efforts of some political operators hired to launch disinformation and demolition job against him.
“There is no reason for me to withdraw from the race. It’s sad that these people are willing to resort to this form of dirty campaigning just to bring their opponents down,” Honasan said.
Honasan was referring to the fake e-mail statement supposedly coming from his office using the name of the Senate’s public relations and Information Bureau (PRIB) and passing itself off as an official advisory of the bureau.
According to the fake letter, Honasan has decided to withdraw from the race to focus on his greater duty to his children and his grandchildren.
“The campaign for the 2013 midterm election has proven to be one of the dirtiest fought. Because my opponents cannot win solely on their own merits, they have made me the target of relentless smear campaigns,” the bogus letter stated.
But Honasan was quick to deny issuing such letter, noting that quitting the race never crossed his mind, and that the public has been very supportive of his campaign.
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) also condemned the said disinformation campaign as it maintained that Honasan enjoys the support of the Coalition and is not withdrawing from the race, said the opposition coalition in a statement.
“These acts by political operators are desperate but futile attempts to derail the candidacy of the good senator, hoping that any such attempt would redound to the benefit of their clients,” UNA said in a statement.
Meanwhile, UNA also disclosed an incident Sunday morning involving the reported harassment experienced by several mayors from the province of Cebu, particularly from the municipalities of Alegria, Badian, Dumanjug and Naga City,
The Mayors claimed that armed members of the Regional Mobile Group are manning checkpoints together with candidates of the Liberal Party.
“It was also learned that these moves are being done on orders coming from the higher echelons of the police service and the Department of Interior and Local Government,” UNA statement added.