Aquino to announce presidential bet for 2016 at right time

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he will announce the administration's bet for the 2016 election at the right time but in the meantime, he will focus on governance to improve the condition of the people.

Politicians have started their posturing for the national poll two years from now.

"I will announce at the appropriate time. Pero sa ngayon, syempre naka-focus tayo sa problema ngayon imbes na 'yung 2016 elections," the President said in an interview during the Pinoy Music Summit in Malate, Manila.

The year has just started and the President said he hopes his allies would understand his priorities at this time.

With the onset of the rainy season a few months from now, Aquino said he expects typhoons to come and he wants to make sure that communities are prepared against calamities. He added that he has a few months to establish those priorities.

Asked whether he thinks jockeying for positions by politicians was helpful to the country, he said it gives the people more time to scrutinize political personalities who show interest in running in 2016.

"Baka mabibigyan ng mas mahabang pagkakataon suriin ang bawat kandidato. Mabibigyan ang ating mga mamamayan ng pagkakataon na talagang masuri, salang-sala ang pagpipili nila, so palagay ko makakatulong rin 'yun," he said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who never denied that he would be running in the 2016 presidential polls, earlier announced that he's forming his own political party and he mentioned some of the politicians whom he's eyeing to be his running mate as well as those who could be included in his senatorial slate. (SDR/Sunnex)

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