• Aquino picks on ‘Kabayan’


    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday again lashed at his critics, this time zeroing in on a certain “Kabayan” when he delivered a stinging speech in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro.

    “At ngayon, bagaman tinutugunan na natin ang mga problemang ipinamana sa atin, hindi pa rin nagsawa sa paghirit ang itinuturing kayong Kabayan [And now, even if we are addressing the problems bequeathed to us, this Kabayan continues to criticize us],” Aquino told town officials and residents.

    The President was in the province to inaugurate various infrastructure projects there.

    Observers said Aquino gave strong references to former Vice President Noli De Castro, who hails from the same province and is popular for his nickname, Kabayan.

    De Castro, a renowned broadcast journalist, was a former senator and Vice President during the time of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo.

    He called on the people of Oriental Mindoro to be more vigilant and aware of the real motives of those “who sow negativism.”

    In a similar speech he delivered on National Heroes Day, the President lambasted his critics for “becoming desperate” in their opposition to his administration.
    He even cautioned the people against fake reformists.

    “There are still a select and selfish few who remain determined to bring back the old and abusive political systems . . . This is the fight that confronts us today . . .
    [we must]remain vigilant against those who sow doubts and lies [and]to stand firm and refuse to allow ourselves to be manipulated by those who only pretend at reform,” Aquino declared.

    Meanwhile, he said the Budget department had allocated P6.1 billion for the province from 2011 to the present.

    According to him, the funds went to the construction of roads, bridges, flood control, seaport and airport, irrigation and farm-to-market roads.

    The President said Occidental Mindoro received a total of P4.6 billion, for a total of P10.71 billion for the entire Mindoro island.

    Among the projects covered by the funds, he added, were Mindoro East and West Coast Roads and Abaton-Maidlang Bridge 2.

    The President said the Public Works department is studying the proposed Abra de Ilog-Puerto Galera section of the Mindoro Island Circumferential Road that will connect the two Mindoro provinces.


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