Aquino: Choose next leaders who will continue reforms

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Thursday asked the public to choose next leaders who will continue the reforms that his administration has started.

Aquino made the appeal following a Pulse Asia survey showing Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, believed to be the standard bearer of administration Liberal Party in the 2016 presidential elections, only ranked fifth on a list of "preferred presidential" candidates.

Roxas only obtained 6 percent of the votes among 1,200 respondents, far behind from the 40 percent received by Vice President Jejomar Binay, the most preferred presidential candidate.

"Ang pakiusap ko po: Kung naniniwala kayo na tama ang ating ginagawa, kung ayaw ninyong mabalewala ang maganda nating nasimulan sa tuwid na daan, piliin natin ang mga susunod na pinunong magpapatuloy at higit pang magpapayabong sa ating mga naipunlang reporma," Aquino said in a speech during his visit to the manufacturing facility of the Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI) to mark the Labor Day celebration.

"Piliin natin ang karapat-dapat upang maging permanente ang malawakang transpormasyong tinatamasa na ng ating lipunan," he added.

The President thanked the people of Laguna for their support on him when he ran for president in 2010 and for senator in 2007.

He said the reforms in the country could have been done long before if only the previous leaders did not think of their own self-interest.

"Kung tutuusin nga po, puwedeng noon pa man ay nagawa na ang mga pagbabagong ito sa ating bansa. Subalit dahil sa mga pinunong mas inuuna ang sariling interes, matagal tayong nasadlak sa malubhang kahirapan at katiwalian. Hanggang sa nagkaisa nga po at sama-samang nanindigan ang mga Pilipino para sa pagbabago," the President said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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