PNoy on early campaign mode
President Aquino campaigns this early for his allies in the 2013 senatorial and local races

Birthday celebrant Cong. Ayong Maliksi tours special guest Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III to his visitors during his celebration in his farm in Imus, Cavite Sunday, March 25, 2012.  (Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

MANILA, Philippines – Is it 2013 already?

Speaking at the birthday party of an ally on Sunday, March 25, President Benigno S Aquino III appealed for support for his candidates in next year’s elections.

Mr Aquino made the appeal at the 78th birthday celebration of Rep Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi of the 3rd District of Cavite, where he told Caviteños why working with like-minded people in elective office, would the government achieve its goals faster.

“Next year would be elections, and I may approach you once more….My request is that you may want to increase [the number of] my allies,” he said in Filipino.

He said he and his allies are more likely to agree on issues, as opposed to those who “would immediately speak against” his proposals without even hearing him out fully–though he respects their opinion.

Referring to the March Pulse Asia survey, Mr Aquino said 70 percent% approved of his performance while 9% did not, and tagged those in the latter group as “against” him and “would oppose any position” he takes.

Don’t vote for ‘them’

“I wish to ask you to choose well in next year’s elections. If you vote for those who are opposed to me, what would happen? For every kilometer forward, you would move 3 kilometers backward,” he said.

The President also said, “Even with our partners in local government, it’s very important that we tread a certain path, and we do so side by side, is it not? If we walk forward, and there are three who are lagging behind me, dragging be backward, nothing will become of us. We should all have the same goals to hasten [the delivery of] our country’s needs.” –

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