Aquino hits Mar’s opponents in 2016 polls

President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the children at the meeting with the Filipino Community in Rome for a snap shot at the Leptis Magna Function Room of the Ergife Palace Hotel during his official visit here on Thursday (December 03). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III shares the stage with the children at the meeting with the Filipino Community in Rome for a snap shot at the Leptis Magna Function Room of the Ergife Palace Hotel during his official visit here on Thursday (December 03). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday (Manila time) took an apparent swipe at the opponents of administration candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in the 2016 presidential elections.

In his speech before the Filipino community in Rome, Italy, Aquino bashed Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senators Grace Poe and Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who are all gunning for the presidency.

Aquino’s meeting with some 500 Filipinos in Rome is part of his four-day visit to Rome and the Vatican.

He said Filipinos should carefully choose the right successor who will sustain the gains of his administration.

“Ang tanong sa inyo sa susunod na halalan, tayo ba ay patuloy na tataas o babagsak tayo pabalik sa ating pinanggalingan? Suriin po natin ang mga pagpipilian natin,” said Aquino.

Without naming names, Aquino hit Vice President Binay, who is facing a string of corruption allegations during his term as mayor of Makati City.

“Mayroon po diyan, inakusahan ng pagsasamsam ng kaban ng bayan sa pagkatagal-tagal na panahon. Kung totoo ho ang alegasyon at nagnanakaw nga itong taong ito, ano po kaya ang matitira para tustusan ang pagganda ng buhay na ipinapangako niya?” said Aquino.

Aquino also slammed Senator Poe, whom he earlier wooed to be the administration party’s vice-presidential candidate.

“Mayroon din naman po, nangangakong hihigitan ang lahat ng nagawa natin, at kung mangyari po ‘yan ako na ho ang unang papalakpak. Pero pakinggan nating mabuti: Ni minsan hindi niya nasabi kung paano tutuparin ang pangako. Walang konteksto, walang plano, panay batikos at hilaw na pangako,” said Aquino.

“Akala po yata niya, ‘pag nahalal siya, gigising siya kinabukasan sa isang bagong umaga ng may solusyon na sa lahat ng mga binanggit niyang problema,” he added.

Poe is running as an independent presidential candidate under the theme of “Bagong Umaga.”

Aquino also took a swipe at tough-talking Duterte, saying: “May isa naman po, marami raw po tilang papatayin.”

Speaking of Senator Santiago, the chief executive said: “Ang isa, dadaanin lang daw basta ang kampanya sa social media. Siguro po, hindi siya mulat na hindi ka makakapagpatayo ng kalsada at makakapagpakain ng nagugutom gamit lang ang Facebook.”

Santiago earlier claimed that she is the netizens’ top choice for president in 2016.

Even Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, who is running for vice president, was not spared in Aquino’s speech.

“Ang postura daw po niya, gagawin niya ang tama, pero hindi naman niya maamin ang mga pagkakamaling nagawa sa nakaraan. ‘Di po ba: Kung hindi niya sinasabing mali, malamang palagay niya tama ito? Kung palagay niya tama, malamang din po, uulitin niya ang mga pagkakamaling ito,” said Aquino.

Senator Marcos, son and namesake of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, has repeatedly said that he has nothing to apologize for over the Martial Law years. (MNS)

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