President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday criticized politicians who have started campaigning for 2016.
In his speech in Cagayan where he inaugurated a new bridge, Aquino told politicians to focus on current problems.
“Mga kasama, ‘pag nagbabasa tayo ng diyaryo araw-araw, tila marami nang nangangampanya. Parang nakalimutan nila may problema tayo ngayon [When we read newspapers every day, clearly there are those already campaigning. It’s as if they have forgotten we have problems today],” the President said.
“Tugunan muna natin ‘yung problemang bumabalot sa atin pong sambayanan, dahil obligasyon natin, maski saan tayong panig. Kung tayo’y may magagawa naman sa kapwa, hindi puwedeng ‘somewhere down the line.’ Dapat ho, ‘Now na.’ [Let’s address the problems facing our country because that’s our obligation, whatever side we’re on, that if we have something we can do for the people we can’t do it somewhere down the line. It has to be now],” he added.
The President’s statement came days after his admission that he was open to a second term if the people willed it.
Last week, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he is ready to face Aquino in case the latter decides to seek a second term.