Palace to opposition guvs: Supporting Aquino's reforms to their benefits also

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MANILA -- The Aquino administration expects winning local executives belonging to the opposition to support its agenda on reform and good governance as it benefits everyone, a Palace official said Wednesday.

In a press conference, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said they expect winning governors coming from the opposition to welcome the reform agenda of the Aquino government because it aims to uplift the conditions of the poor.

The President campaigned hard to rally support for the administration's gubernatorial bets in the provinces of Laguna, Tarlac, Pampanga, and Pangasinan but they lost during Monday's election.

"I think whoever will become the governor will certainly believe in our campaign for good governance. There is no reason for them not to adhere to our program of good governance. So it will profit them as well to walk along the path of 'tuwid na daan'," Lacierda said when asked if they were dismayed by the loss of the administration bets in those areas.

"I'm sure they will welcome the agenda of good governance. No politician will defy any program that will support our programs for the poor, for the economic upliftment of our countrymen," he added.

On Tuesday, Malacañang expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the 2013 midterm elections, saying the Commission on Elections and its "deputized agencies came together and did their utmost to ensure free, fair, and credible elections."

In a statement read during his regular press briefing, Lacierda lauded the Filipino people whom he said "undertook this exercise and the right of suffrage with tenacity and good cheer."

Partial official count of the Comelec showed that nine out of the 12 seats for senators are from the administration party, known as Team PNoy.

Lacierda said the strong showing 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." (SDR/Sunnex)

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