Aquino tells Laguna: It’s my ‘responsibility’ to push for continuity
LAGUNA, Philippines – In a town square adjacent to the ancestral home of the country’s national hero, President Benigno Aquino III spoke of responsibilities and legacies, as he continued to campaign hard for his anointed bets.
“P'wede naman po akong manahimik (I could’ve chosen to keep quiet),” said Aquino on Wednesday, March 9, during the Liberal Party’s proclamation rally for its 2016 slate in Calamba City, Laguna.
“Pero di po kakayanin ng konsensiya ko na manahimik na lang. Hindi ho ako ang tradisyonal na pulitiko na nag-iisip parati ng sariling interes at sasabihing wala na lang akong gagawing kaaway, para lahat maski papaano, kaibigan ko. Ang akin po, huwag nating sayangin ang pagkakataong ito,” he said.
(But my conscience wouldn’t be able to take it if I'd keep silent. I’m not a traditional politician who only thinks of myself and prefers to keep my enemies to a minimum, so at least everyone is a friend. What I think of is this: we should not waste this opportunity.)
Aquino’s anointed is Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and running mate Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo.
The President, also the chairman of the ruling LP, has been campaigning actively for the two and their Senate slate, appearing in proclamation rallies, starring in television ads, and making sure to emphasize the theme of continuity in his public speeches.
Roxas, Robredo, and the LP-led coalition’s campaign are hinged on the promise of continuing “Daang Matuwid (Straight Path),” the current administration’s tagline for its good governance, transparency and anti-corruption reforms.
“May nagsabi po sa akin, isang nakatatandang babae sa lalawigan ng Nueva Ecija: mag-ingat ka 'Noy, marami kang makakabangga. Totoo nga po iyon. Marami tayong, sa kasabihan nga sa ingles, I disturbed their rice bowls. Sa Tagalog, pinakialaman ko ang pinagkakabuhayan nila,” he added.
(A old woman in Nueva Ecija told me: Be careful, 'Noy, because you’ve made enemies. And it’s true. We’ve disturbed the rice bowls of many.)
Many of those running for president or vice president in 2010 have close personal or political ties to Aquino.
Presidential preference poll front-runner Senator Grace Poe was once allied with the ruling party. She get her start in government work when Aquino appointed her censors chief in 2010. Vice President Jejomar Binay was close to the President’s mother. The Binays and the Aquinos are very good family friends. Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, campaigned for both Aquino and Roxas during the 2010 elections.
Among vice presidential aspirants, Aquino counts Poe’s running mate Senator Francis Escudero as among his friends in the political world.
And amid rumors of Aquino “secretly” supporting other bets, the President made it clear during his speech in Calamba that only Roxas and Robredo are his chosen bets for 2016.
“May kasabihan po tayo: bago ka tumakbo ay kailangan mo munang matutong lumakad. Naumpisahan na po natin ang mga magagandang kuwento ng buhay ng PIlipino…. Ang importante nga po dito may garantiyang pagpapatuloy sa tamang ginagawa natin,” he said.
(There’s a saying that before you can run, you must first learn how to walk. We’ve began the beautiful story of the Filipino people. What’s important now is the guarantee that our work will be continued.)
No merry-go-round ride
Speaking to a jampacked crowd in Calamba, Aquino said he didn’t run and win the presidency to take a “merry-go-round” ride.
“Di ba 'yung merry-go-round, sasakay, tatakbo, paikot, 'pag natapos babalik ka kung saan nag-umpisa? Tinanggap po natin ang hamon dahil batid natin na ang pagbabago ay kaya nating gawin. Nangako nga po ako sa inyo noon at wala naman pong duda na tumutoo ako sa inyo noong sinabi ko na ang iiwan ko, di hamak na mas maganda,” said Aquino, who waxed nostalgic over decision to run for president in 2010, after the death of his mother, EDSA Revolution icon and former president Corazon Aquino.
(The merry-go-round goes forward, runs, before it goes around where it started. I took on the challenge of running for president before because I felt that we could bring forth change. I think I’ve fulfilled my promise then of leaving the country in a better state than it was before.)
“Kaya kong tingnan lahat, mata sa mata – sulit ang lahat ng pagod, hirap dahil ginagawa na nating permanente lahat ng pagbabago,” he added. (I can look at each one of you in the eye and tell you: all the hardwork and hardships are worth it because we’re making our reforms permanent.)
In his speech, Aquino highlighted the government’s programs and infrastructure projects, particularly those that benefited Calamba, the province of Laguna, and nearby provinces in Calabarzon.
The vote-rich region is among the many areas where Roxas and Robredo, who have trailed behind rivals in preference polls, have had a hard time gaining support.
Only 21% of those surveyed from the region by The Standard Poll said they would vote for Roxas. The LP standard-bearer was ranked 3rd, trailing Poe who had 31% and Binay with 28%. Robredo has also admitted to having less than ideal numbers in the most vote-rich region of the country.
Wednesday saw the LP tandem campaign in vote-rich Laguna and Batangas, home to more than 3 million registered voters combined. In 2010, when he ran for vice president, Roxas lost in both provinces to Binay. Aquino also won in both provinces, trailed closely behind by Erap Estrada. – Rappler.com
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