Why Aquino won’t make endorsements in August

In front of lawmakers, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, July 28, highlighted the benefits of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program – declared partially unconstitutional by the Supreme Court – at the start of his fifth State of the Nation Address.(MNS photo)

In front of lawmakers, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday, July 28, highlighted the benefits of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program – declared partially unconstitutional by the Supreme Court – at the start of his fifth State of the Nation Address.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – There’s a reason why President Aquino will announce his choice for Liberal Party standard-bearer next month right after the State of the Nation Address.

Sen. Franklin Drilon said Aquino will likely make the announcement in July because of a Chinese belief that one should watch out for bad luck during August or the so-called ghost month.

“He has said he will make the endorsement or announcement after the SONA but before August I assume because you know the pamahiin that August is not such a good…It will be in the last week of July that the President will make that announcement. Since he is the titular hear of the party, we will defer to his announcement when that is made.”

Several tragic events that affected the Aquino family in the past happened during the month of August.

On August 21, 1983, former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, father of the incumbent president, was assassinated at the Manila International Airport after a three-year exile in the United States.

On August 1, 2009, former president Corazon Aquino, mother of the incumbent president, died of colon cancer.

On August 23, 2010, eight Hong Kong tourists were killed during the Luneta bus hostage crisis. The hostage-taking occurred less than a month after Aquino took over as president.

Other tragic events that occurred on an August include the 1971 Plaza Miranda bombing of the Liberal Party’s campaign rally and the 2013 sinking of the MV St. Thomas Aquinas.

In the interview, Drilon said DILG Secretary Mar Roxas has been presenting himself as a viable candidate and has been strengthening the party in the grassroots.

“Mar has the eyes on the presidency and we believe he is the most qualified,” he said.

Asked what would happen if the President endorses Sen. Grace Poe, he said: “To be candid, we will follow the President because the President is our chairman and leader in our party. We will follow certainly, that will be a very heavy influence on our party but we will follow him.” (MNS)

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