NORZAGARAY, Bulacan: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday warned the public against electing dishonest, self-serving leaders who only make empty promises.
In a speech, the President said the nation should vote for candidates who have integrity and ability to continue his reforms.
The President inspected Angat dam, a major water reservoir in Bulacan, north of Manila.
“This is my appeal to you. Choose a leader who will be true to you,” Aquino said.
“Don’t go for anyone who just gives statements and empty promises. Not someone you doubt to be abusive and an opportunist. Not someone who is only after his personal ambition and not the interest of the nation,” he added.
Electing the right leader, according to Aquino, would help guarantee the continuity of his administration’s platform of good governance, pointing out that the country’s situation has improved compared to that under the previous administration.
“Let us choose an individual whom we can trust to continue our straight path principle. Only you, the Filipino people, will choose the way our country will tread in the coming days,” he said.
The President earlier disclosed that he will announce who to endorse for the 2016 elections after he delivers his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week.
He has been locked in meetings with potential standard-bearers of the administration coalition–Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd and Senators Grace Poe and Francis Escudero.
While Aquino is yet to identify his preferred successor, Vice President Jejomar Binay has been going around the country to meet with local leaders, a move seen by the Palace as early campaigning.
Five days before he delivers his last SONA, the President got a failing grade from Metro Manila residents in a survey conducted by the United Filipino Consumers and Commuters (UFCC).
UFCC president Rj Javellana said Aquino does not deserve a passing grade because he failed to improve the lives of millions of Filipinos since he assumed office in 2010.
The UFCC survey said 96 out of 116 respondents believe that the government has failed to bring down prices of basic goods.
The survey, which was conducted from July 17 to July 18, also showed that most of the respondents also feel that the government has not fully fulfilled its promise to curb corruption and crimes.
Another informal poll, also conducted by UFFC last July 19 to July 21 regarding the President’s final SONA, showed too that 540 of the 721 respondents from Metro Manila expect something “new” from the yearly event.
With NEIL A. ALCOBER