Aquino to politicians: Stop early campaigning

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Monday, August 18, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III said Monday that government officials, including those who will run for 2016 elections, should address first the country's problems before going into early campaigning.

The President made the statement during the inauguration of a new bridge in Tuao, Cagayan province.

"Mga kasama, ‘pag nagbabasa tayo ng diyaryo araw-araw, tila marami nang nangangampanya. Parang nakalimutan nila may problema tayo ngayon. Mayroon naman problema sa 2016 na eleksyon–2016 na ‘yon," he said in a speech.

Aquino said that politicians should address first the problems affecting the Filipinos.

"Ngayon, tugunan muna natin ‘yung problemang bumabalot sa atin pong sambayanan, dahil obligasyon natin, maski saan tayong panig. Kung tayo’y may magagawa naman sa kapwa, hindi puwedeng 'somewhere down the line.' Dapat ho, 'Now na!'," he stressed.

Aquino did not name those politicians who were already engaged in early campaigning.

He expressed confidence that the reforms that his administration initiated would continue for as long as the country's leaders would follow the "straight path."

"Napatunayan na po natin sa loob ng apat na taon na walang imposible sa sambayanang tumatahak sa tuwid na daan. Marahil, sa ganitong paraan natin mapapasalamatan ang mga nagsakripisyo upang makarating tayo sa ating kinalalagyan: ang laging pumanig sa tama at makatwiran," he said.

"At tiwala ako -- nasa eksena man ako o wala -- patuloy na ipaglalaban ng Pilipino ang kanyang kapwa, at hahakbang sa landas tungo sa isang mas maaliwalas, mas patas, at mas maunlad na bukas," he added.

Aquino, in a recent television interview, expressed openness to change the Constitution, including a possible term extension for him, depending on what his "bosses" or the people would say.

In his speech in Cagayan, he did not mention anything about Charter change, but he mentioned about stepping down from office.

He expressed hope that all the 11 bridges to be constructed in Apayao could be finished before he leaves his post in June 2016. (SDR/Sunnex)

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