Malacañang said Sen. Grace Poe’s campaign jingle is confusing because it seems to suggest a new direction, yet claims to embrace the administration’s “Daang Matuwid” [straight path]” platform of governance.
“They have shown, for instance, in their [campaign]jingle ‘Bagong Umaga’ and yet they claim ‘Daang Matuwid.’ So medyo confusing ang message nila. Do you want change or do you want continuity?” Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
Lacierda said Manuel Roxas 2nd, the standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP), will continue the reforms started by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“The next administration, the [LP] standard-bearer will continue Daang Matuwid and all its reforms, and it will continue the programs that have made us more accessible to our countrymen—those programs that have benefited our countrymen, the poorest of our poor, the brothers who have been left behind in previous times—so that’s the commitment of Daang Matuwid,” he said.
Poe, during her formal announcement of her intention to run for president last week, said no one has monopoly on Daang Matuwid.
“It is true that nobody has a monopoly on Daang Matuwid but we do have, to a large extent and as a matter of phraseology, as a matter of terminology, the Aquino administration has always had Daang Matuwid,” Lacierda said.
“So, for the last five years, the President and his Cabinet officials have always spoken of the Daang Matuwid reforms, and so it’s an acknowledgment of the benefits and the accomplishments of Daang Matuwid,” he added.
On one hand, Lacierda acknowledged that Daang Matuwid is “not a perfect road.”
“We continue to improve, we continue to make sure that the gains that we have received are experienced by all, that’s why we call it inclusive growth. And how they position themselves, how Senator Grace Poe and Senator Chiz Escudero will position themselves, will be a matter of product differentiation,” the Palace official said.