MALACAÑANG on Tuesday admitted that President Benigno Aquino’s “Daang Matuwid [straight path]has not been perfect.
But that’s to be expected, given the “rotten road” Aquino has inherited when he assumed office in 2010, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press conference.
“I understand people are now looking into 2016. The political atmosphere has come so early that people are also—should be given the chance to think: Do we want the reforms to continue? Do we want progress to continue? Do we want daang matuwid to continue?” Lacierda told reporters.
“If you go down to the level where there is a CCT (Conditional Cash Transfer) beneficiary, they will say: ‘Yes, gusto naming ipagpatuloy (we want it to continue)’. Because they were able to harvest these fruits. I’m not saying that daang matuwid has been perfect. We have our bumps on the road but we continue to push forth, and continue the efforts of daang matuwid. Kapag ikaw botante ka, gusto mo bang ipagpatuloy ang daang matuwid (If you were a voter, would you like to continue on a straight path?” he added.
Aquino has not announced his “anointed” for the 2016 elections, who he expects to continue the “Daang Matuwid”—his administration’s tagline for its anti-corruption and transparency drive.
The ruling Liberal Party wants Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd to become the administration’s bet for president in next year’s polls.
But Aquino, when asked in a recent chat with reporters if he still feels the same for Roxas, curtly remarked, “Siguro [Maybe].”
Aquino earlier admitted to meeting with Sen. Grace Poe on electoral matters on which he did not elaborate.
The President said he hopes that the preferred candidate would be named by the “end of the second quarter” or by June this year.
Although LP allies are pushing Roxas to be the party’s standard-bearer in 2016, the Interior chief has not been doing well in presidential surveys.
In contrast, Vice President Jejomar Binay, despite being marred by corruption allegations, still leads the pack.
Aquino has said that Binay’s status as the “man to beat” in 2016 depends on his ability to answer the allegations against him.