ARE there traitors within the administration camp?
This question cropped up on Tuesday after President Benigno Aquino 3rd cautioned voters against “doble kara (two-faced)” officials who pretend to be his allies but who are actually working for another master.
“At babalik po ako sa laging tinatanong sa akin: Sino ba ang magtutuloy ng lahat ng ito ‘pag wala na kayo? Sabi ko sa kanila, mga Boss, bilib ako sa inyo. Kayo ang magpapatuloy nito, at alam kong hindi kayo magpapabola sa mga nagprepresentang kakampi natin, pero klaro namang doble kara (I always go back to the question thrown at me: Who will continue all that you’ve started when you’re no longer there?I tell them: Boss, I have faith in you. You will continue these reforms, and I know that you will not be fooled by those who claim to be our allies but who are not),” Aquino said in a speech during the inauguration of the Lullutan Bridge in Iagan City in Isabela province.
His remarks drew applause from residents and local officials who belong to other parties, including 2nd District Rep. Ana Go of the Nacionalista party, whom the president praised in the same speech.
“Tiwala akong marunong tumanaw ang Pilipino sa nakaraan, nang hindi na maulit pa ang mga naging kamalian noon, at sa gayon ay marating natin ang nais nating patunguhan. Kung di hamak na mas mabuting kalagayan ang maipapamana natin sa mga paparating na henerasyon ng Pilipino, talaga naman pong sulit ang ating pagsisikap, at ang lahat ng pang-aalipusta, intriga, at pagyurak na ating kinaharap bilang Pangulo (I believe that Filipinos know how to look back so that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated and we will reach our goals. If we can leave a better legacy to the new generation of Filipinos, then our sacrifices will be worth it),” the president added.
With the last 450 days remaining in his term, Aquino said his resolve to do more for the country grows even stronger.
“Sabi nga po ng aking [ina], “The Filipino is worth living for.” So I say, “the Filipino is not only worth living for and worth dying for,” kung hindi talaga “the Filipino is worth fighting for,” he stressed.
This is not the first time that the president hinted of the presence of “turncoats” and “pretenders” around him.
Aquino openly admitted that his administration also helps those from other political parties who are supportive of his programs.
“Kapartido man po natin o hindi, basta’t makatwiran, ay tinutugunan po natin ang pangangailangan. Mayroon nga po tayong mga pinuno na hindi man po natin kasama sa LP ay nagpapaabot ng kanilang pasasalamat sa naihatid na serbisyo sa kani-kanilang mga distrito at lalawigan, tulad ni Ana Go. Ana, nabasa ko dati, thank you very much (Allies or not, as long as their needs are justified, we help them. There are those who do not belong to the Liberal Party but who have thanked us for rendering service to their district, just like Ana Go),” the President further said.
In March, administration ally Walden Bello of Akbayan broke off with the president over the alleged “brazen cover-up” of Aquino’s role in the Mamasapano massacre.
Bello said he was withdrawing his support because he can “no longer support a President who is washing his hands of responsibility of a mission he planned and executed.”