NORZAGARAY, Bulacan (Mabuhay) — As he draws close to revealing his anointed one, President Benigno Aquino III told voters on Wednesday not to elect candidates who put self-interest over the country’s welfare.
In a speech after inspecting the Angat Dam, Aquino warned the public against politicians who give empty promises, and who will take advantage of their posts for personal gain.
At the same time, the President said the public should choose a leader who stays true to his word.
“Ito po ang panawagan ko sa inyo: Piliin n’yo ang lider na totoo sa inyo. Hindi sinumang magbibitiw ng mga pahayag at pangakong walang laman,” Aquino said.
“Hindi sinumang may kaunting duda tayong magsasamantala at manlalamang. Hindi sinumang may ambisyong parating pansarili imbes na para sa buong bayan,” he added.
Once again, Aquino said the next president should continue his reforms.
“Piliin natin ang indibidwal na panatag tayong magpapatuloy ng ‘Tuwid na Daan,'” the President said, referring to the phrase he used in 2010 to sum up his anti-corruption platform.
President Aquino has been conducting meetings over the past weeks, as his self-imposed deadline for endorsing a presidential bet nears.
Aquino earlier said he will reveal his presidential pick this month after his final State of the Nation Address next week.
The President has repeatedly met with independent Senator Grace Poe, who recently emerged as top pick for next president based on pre-election preference polls.
He also sat down with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is presumed to be the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer for the 2016 polls, and Senator Francis Escudero, who is considering teaming up with Poe for the upcoming polls.
The President also recently relayed the outcome of these meetings to top officials of the LP, including House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Senate President Franklin Drilon and Budget Secretary Butch Abad.
Even after these meetings, however, several politicians privy to the talks–including Poe, Abad and Belmonte–indicated that no consensus has been reached on a single administration ticket for 2016. (MNS)