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With the 2016 national elections drawing closer, President Benigno Aquino III on Friday advised Filipino voters not to entrust their future to shady politicians.
In a speech in Romblon after inaugurating government projects there, Aquino also warned Filipino voters against politicians who are only after self-promotion.
“Huwag po nating isugal ang kapakanan natin, at ang kinabukasan ng ating mga anak, sa mga pinunong may duda tayo, sa mga taong puro papogi at puro pangako lang,” Aquino told Romblon residents.
Instead, the president endorsed those who will definitely continue and give permanence to his reform programs.
“Kung sa tingin po ninyo, tama ang tinatahak nating landas ngayon, nasasainyo pong mga kamay, ang pagsigurong magpapatuloy ang tuwid na daan maski matapos ang ating termino,” he said.
“Piliin natin ang siguradong magpapatuloy ng ating mabuting nasimulan,” he added.
The president has remained tightlipped on his bet for the 2016 elections, although he has been giving guidelines on how to choose his successor over the past weeks.
In his Christmas message, Aquino asked Filipinos to be on the side of people who are honest and who would prioritize the public’s interest.
Meanwhile, in his New Year message, Aquino advised Filipinos to be more critical and vigilant against politicians pretending to be his allies, and individuals who threaten to reverse his administration's reforms.
Liberal Party (LP) officials have already identified Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as their standard-bearer for the 2016 national polls although an official announcement has yet to be made.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, meanwhile, is the opposition’s presumptive standard bearer. He is currently facing allegations of corruption before the Senate and the Office of the Ombudsman.
Binay has repeatedly described these accusations as politically motivated. He continues to lead in surveys on the public's preferences for president. — JDS, GMA News