Senator Grace Poe promised a new Philippines and vowed a presidency that will give priority to the poor so that they too will feel the gains of a strong economy.
In her visit to Bagong Silang, Caloocan City (Metro Manila) over the weekend, Poe said a leader must be tough but also compassionate and decent.
“Kung ang Pangulo ninyo ay matino, kung ang Pangulo ninyo ay sumusunod sa batas, kung ang Pangulo ninyo inuuna ang mahihirap, dadami ang trabaho dito at gagandang di hamak ang Caloocan. Bagong Pilipinas ang ipinapangako ko sa inyo [If your President is a good person and follows the law, if your leader gives priority to the poor, there will be more jobs here in Caloocan. I promise you a new Philippines],” she added.
Taking on her late father Fernando Poe Jr.’s 2004 campaign slogan “Bagong Umaga (New Morning),” the independent presidential candidate said a “new” Philippines is one where no one gets left behind.
“Hindi na dapat magmakaawa pa ang ating mga kababayan sa gobyerno para makatanggap ng tulong. Kaya ako, bilang Pangulo, makakasiguro kayo na hindi kayo papabayaan dahil uunahin natin ang nangangailangan at ang mahihirap [Our people will not have to beg for help. With me as President, you will not be neglected because the poor and needy will be our priority],” she added.
“Sisiguraduhin ko na mararamdaman ninyo ang pagmamahal, pagtulong at pag-angat galing sa gobyerno [I will make sure that you will feel the love and assistance from the government],” Poe said.
The senator, the first foundling to run for President, gave assurances that she will deliver on her campaign promises and that she will monitor the progress of her administration’s programs especially for the poor.
She reminded voters about the sanctity of the ballot, urging them to think about their choices.
“Kung mabibigyan tayo ng pagkakataon ng Maykapal, malaking pagbabago ang mangyayari sa ating bansa. Siya pa rin ang magdedesisyon. Pero nasa inyo binigay Niya ang kalayaan na mamili [If I will be given the chance, there will be a big change in the country. But you have the freedom to choose your leaders],” Poe said.
According to the senator, her administration will be sensitive to the needs of farmers.
In an interview during the grand rally of her Partido Galing at Puso in Valenzuela City (Metro Manila) on Monday night, Poe vowed to improve irrigation canals and construct more irrigation systems to help the farmers.
She said her administration will abolish irrigation fees.
Farmers whose land yields 40 cavans of palay pay an estimated P4,500 per hectare annually in irrigation service fee to the National Irrigation Administration.