Aquino vows no cheating in May elections

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has vowed that he would not allow cheating in the May 9 elections.

In a speech in Calabayog City, Samar on Monday, the Chief Executive said he would make sure that the voice of the Filipinos will prevail.

"Wala akong balak na papayagan kong mandaya dito. Obligasyon kong manigurado na 'yung gusto ng taong bayan, 'yun ang umiral pagdating ng ika-siyam ng Mayo," Aquino said before local leaders and members of the community who gathered at the sports center in Calbayog City.

The President also touted the projects of the administration in the province.

He said the government spent P435 million from 2011 to 2016 for farm-to-market roads, P2.32 billion for irrigation, and P12.94 billion for other infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, ports, airports, school buildings, health facilities, and government buildings in Samar.

Some 57,711 households in the province are now beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, 785,000 are members of PhilHealth, and 3,500 people have graduated from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (Tesda) Training for Work Scholarship Program, he said.

"Wala ho akong probinsyang pupuntahan, wala akong lugar na pupuntahan na hindi natin masasabing ang dami ng napagtagumpayan natin… Ibig sabihin ho noon, pag nagsalita tayo, gusto nating i-angat ang kabuhayan ng Pilipino, gusto nating ibigay ang lahat ng oportunidad sa bawat Pilipino," he said.

Noting that he has only 70 days left in office, the President thanked the people, saying it was an honor and a privilege to have served them.

"Lahat ng ginawa natin ngayon dahil sa inyo. Kayo ang nagbigay ng tiwala sa akin. Kayo ang umalalay sa akin 'nung nandoon ako. Kayo ang tumulong sa akin… At ang layo na nga ng kayang gawin sa Pilipinas," Aquino said.

The President urged the people to vote for the administration's candidates to ensure the continuity of the government's reform program.

"Manindigan tayo doon, lumapit tayo sa lahat ng ating malalapitan at siguraduhin natin ang Daang Matuwid na kung saan naglalakad na tayo ngayon, bukas, sa pagtatapos nang ika-siyam ng Mayo, tumatakbo na tayo sa Daang Matuwid... at ang layo-layo na natin!," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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