Aquino renews call to Filipinos to vote for right leaders

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has renewed his call to Filipinos to choose the right leaders in next year's elections to sustain the gains that his administration has attained.

In his message for the New Year, Aquino said the transformation in the country could now be felt.

"Ang talagang hindi na lang nakakakita nito, ay yung mga nagtatakip ng mata at tenga dahil gusto nilang masabing wala silang nakita o narinig na pagbabago. Ipagdasal na lang po natin sila," he said.

The President said he join all Filipinos as the country bids farewell to a historic 2015 and expectantly look forward to a peaceful, prosperous 2016.

He recalled that more than five years ago, the country faced a “future full of despair and uncertainty” amid reports of plunder, mismanagement, and corruption in government.

"Today, progress, opportunity, and growth fill news about the Philippines, both here and abroad," he said.

He attributed these achievements to the country's collective resolve to follow the straight and righteous path, “a path that transformed damaged public agencies into stronger, more transparent, and responsive institutions, turned a demoralized government workforce into dedicated civil servants, and galvanized an apathetic populace into active, empowered nation-builders”.

The President further noted that the government reform agenda reinvigorated a sluggish business sector into a major driver of economic growth.

Aquino also said that this possibility encourages him and the rest of the government to faithfully pursue their tasks in the last six months of his administration.

The same motivation should also guide the country as it chooses a new set of leaders next year to maintain the Philippines' upward growth trajectory and keep the nation on the Daang Matuwid, he added.

"As long as we bear in our hearts and minds the welfare of our people, we will realize our inherent greatness and usher in a Philippines that we can proudly bequeath to the coming generations," he said, wishing the country a happy and eventful new year. (SDR/Sunnex)

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