Aquino: Don’t vote for candidate with ‘hint’ of corruption

Aquino: Don’t vote for candidate with ‘hint’ of corruption
Although the President does not name names, the statement is apparently a swipe at Vice President Jejomar Binay, who resigned from – in Binay's words – a 'crooked and failed' Cabinet

BULACAN, Philippines – A week ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s self-imposed deadline to announce his candidates for 2016, the President cautioned the public not to vote for someone who will derail “Daang Matuwid,” his administration’s platform on good governance.

In a speech on Wednesday, July 22, Aquino boasted of the projects accomplished during his term.

Imbes na bara-bara at patsamba-tsamba, lahat ng ating hakbang, pulido at kalkulado, para sinuman ang sumuri nito sa darating na panahon, aprub din sa bawat aspeto. Lahat, dumadaan sa mahabang proseso, sumusunod sa mga batas at mga alituntunin, para masigurong di hamak ding mas mahaba ang pakinabang nito sa sambayanang Pilipino,” Aquino said.

(Instead of leaving it up to chance, we made sure that all our efforts are calculated…so that anyone who will inspect it in the future will also agree. Everything went through a long process and followed laws to ensure these projects will benefit Filipinos for a long time.)

With less than a year left in office, the President told the public that they should consider the continuity of his reforms when making a choice in the 2016 presidential elections.

The President called on voters to dismiss candidates who have “empty” statements and promises and those that are believed to be corrupt. 

Wala na nga pong isang taon, haharap muli sa sangandaan ang bawat Pilipino, at ito na lang po ang panawagan ko: Piliin ninyo ang pinunong tototoo rin sa inyo. Hindi sinumang magbibitiw ng mga pahayag at pangakong walang laman; hindi sinumang may ni kaunting duda tayong magsasamantala o manlalamang; hindi sinumang may ambisyong parating pansarili, imbes na para sa buong bayan—kundi piliin natin ang indibidwal na panatag tayong ipagpapatuloy ang tuwid na daan,” Aquino said.

(In less than a year, the country will face another crossroads. This is my only plea: Choose candidates that are true to you. Not someone who will drop empty statements and promises; not someone who has a ‘hint’ of corruption; not someone who, instead of the nation’s interest at heart, pushes for personal interests. Choose someone we believe will continue the Straight Path.)

Although Aquino did not mention anyone, his statement appeared as a swipe at Vice President Jejomar Binay, who resigned from – in Binay’s own words – a “crooked and failed” Cabinet. (READ: Binay: I resigned to protest ‘crooked, failed’ gov’t

Binay and his family are facing various corruption charges in court and in the Ombudsman for alleged corrupt practices in Makati City.

This has not stopped Binay from launching his presidential bid on July 1, where he blasted the Aquino administration for inefficiency, among other things.

Malacañang has repeatedly challenged Binay to prove his claims against the government. (READ: Palace to Binay: ‘Back your claims with data’

Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr earlier said that it is high time for Binay to use data and not generic claims in his allegations. –



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