Chiz: Lacierda must leave Malacañang
SENATOR Francis Escudero on Sunday said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda should resign and join the campaign team of Liberal Party candidate Manuel Roxas II if he wants to engage in politicking.
Escudero, who announced he would run for vice president alongside Senator Grace Poe, who is seeking the presidency, was reacting to Lacierda’s statement that Poe’s campaign jingle was confusing because it suggests a new direction while embracing the administration’s “straight path” platform of governance. Did Poe want change or continuity, Lacierda asked.
“Before I answer that question, I will ask Secretary Lacierda—what does he really want? Does he want to be the spokesperson of Secretary Roxas and the Liberal Party or the spokesperson of President Noynoy Aquino?” Escudero said in an interview over radio dzBB.
Escudero said he was among other taxpayers shouldering the cost of Lacierda’s salary so that he could be the President’s spokesman.
“It’s not his job to engage in politicking. If he wants, he should resign and be a part of the campaign team of Secretary Roxas,” Escudero said.
Responding to Lacierda’s query, Escudero said: “We should be open to continue the good things [from the Aquino administration] and change only the bad things.’’
Lacierda shot back at Escudero.
“There is already Supreme Court jurisprudence on Cabinet secretaries as alter egos and Senator Escudero is well aware of it,” said Lacierda in a text message to The Standard.
“I would humbly encourage Senator Escudero to focus on the bigger issues that confront a campaign instead of focusing on an individual,” he added.
When she announced her candidacy for the presidency last week, Poe said no one person or political party has a monopoly on the straight path.