By Catherine S. Valente Reporter
THE strong showing and anticipated victory of Team PNoy senatorial bets is “a renewed mandate” for President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s “tuwid na daan [straight path]” advocacy, a Palace official said on Tuesday.
Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said a greater majority in the Senate will enable Aquino to push his administration’s reform agenda and “the laws that we feel are our priorities for the country.”
”The victory of Team PNoy is a renewed mandate for tuwid na daan, and a vote of confidence for good governance, the continuity of reforms, and a brighter future to come,” Lacierda said.
”The work is cut out for all of us: first, to respect the will of the majority; second, to witness the baton of leadership being handed over from one set of leaders to the next on the basis of the people’s will; and third, to stay on the path that the Filipino people have determined by virtue of their vote for change,” he added.
Lacierda also justified why the President spent time in campaigning for his senatorial candidates.
”The President led the administration into what he himself has described as a referendum on this administration— one that will determine whether there will be a continuation and acceleration of reform, or a regression to the old, selfish ways that had harmed our country,” he explained.
Nine of the Team PNoy senatorial candidates and three bets from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) are in the top 12 based on initial and unofficial count of the ballots.
Former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) Grace Poe is leading the polls, followed by re-electionist Senators Loren Legarda, Alan Cayetano and Francis Escudero.
Malacañang expressed satisfaction on the conduct of the country’s second automated polls.
Lacierda said the just-concluded elections was more peaceful than previous elections.
”While there were isolated incidents of violence and equally isolated hitches in the voting process, our institutions— from the Comelec to its deputized agencies—volunteers for poll-watching, media, and the public came together and did their utmost to ensure free, fair, and credible elections,” he said.