PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd’s continued presence in the Liberal Party’s (LP) campaign sorties in the provinces is part of his commitment to uphold national interest by ensuring that reforms he initiated would be pursued, a Palace official said on Sunday.
“The President strongly believes that it is his responsibility to ensure the continuation of the reforms and development programs we are experiencing by campaigning for candidates who espouse the principle of straight path [daang matuwid],” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. explained.
In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, he fended off criticisms that Aquino should instead focus his remaining time in office on programs that aim to soften the impact of the El Ninoweather phenomenon on farmers, their dependents and the economy in general.
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) was among the groups that scored the President for campaigning for LP candidates led by Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd rather than going around areas hardest-hit by a prolonged dry spell caused by El Nino.
“The President gives emphasis on the importance of promptly addressing the daily needs of the people,” Coloma said.
Besides being the country’s leader, Aquino is also a ranking leader of the administration party whose candidates continue to lag behind previous and recent pre-election surveys.
It is believed that by personally campaigning for his bets, their chances would improve.
“At all times, the priority of the President is to focus on activities related to the national interest and to uphold the common good of all Filipinos,” Coloma said.
He added that specific El Nino mitigating programs are already in place and are being implemented nationwide.
JOEL M. SY EGCO