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Senator Aquillino Pimentel's attitude not fit to be in any leadership

>> Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Unfortunately, this is the kind of leadership we have in our country.

Pimentel made the apology through a prayer that he recited before the opening of the Senate session on Tuesday...

"Dear Lord, we, your senators, are embroiled in a stormy debate over a controversy involving a colleague of ours. In the heat of the discussion, some of us tend to use words that are coarse and vulgar. To those who I might have hurt in this chamber by the use of intemperate language or unseemly expressions, I apologize and beg their forgiveness through you, Lord," said Pimentel.
...but refused to apologize directly to the person he offended.
On Tuesday, Roxas, who remained hurt and offended by the remark, said Pimentel did not need to apologize to him, but to Sanchez.

“Hindi naman kailangang mag-apologize (sa akin) si Senator Nene. Mag-apologize siya sa misis ko kasi siya ang tinamaan ng kanyang kabastusan," Roxas said at a press conference after the 64th anniversary celebration of the Liberal Party (LP).

(He doesn’t need to apologize to me. He should apologize to my wife because she was the one affected by his rude remark.)

During the same press conference, LP senatorial candidates had likewise slammed Pimentel for making the remark.

"At the age of Nene, he should know what is right and what is wrong," said LP senatorial candidate Sonia Roco, wife of the late Senator Raul Roco.

Before he decided to make the apology through a prayer, Pimentel said in a text message to GMANews.TV Tuesday that he was willing to say sorry to anyone he had hurt with his remark.

"If I hurt anyone, [I] am ready to apologize but not on imagined political partisan slights," he said.

However, when the senior lawmaker was asked by reporters if he would heed Roxas' call for him to apologize to Sanchez, Pimentel said, "How did Korina come into the picture? I have no quarrel with Korina."
GMA News

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