07 May 2016
  • Malacanang asks public to reflect on election bets
  • Palace advises voters to vote early, cooperate with authorities
  • Malacanang reiterates priority for honest, orderly elections

Malacanang asks public to reflect on election bets
The Malacanang urged the public to reflect on their election bets Saturday, noting our choice will mirror the nation.“During these last two days before the elections, let us ask ourselves if our candidate is truly the best we Filipinos can offer. On Monday, our choice will tell the world who we are as a people,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said in a radio interview Saturday.

He pointed out the public should align their votes with their vision for the country.

“It is imperative that we align our votes with our vision for the country. Do we want a leader who represents the best in us—a nation of decent, hardworking individuals — or do we want one whose popularity is fuelled by fear, hate, ignorance, and disrespect for the law? Whomever we choose, it is certain that nothing will ever be the same again. But whether for good or bad is something we must individually decide.

Who will build on the foundation we carefully laid down these past six years? Who can we trust to uphold the rule of law? Who do we want to represent us and speak for us in international community and its platforms? Everything we have worked so hard to achieve is at stake.”

The Palace official further stressed the end of the elections will only start the fight of the Filipinos.

“But the fight is far from over—in fact, it has only just begun. Long after the election clamor has died down, the quiet work of governance will continue, and it is up to us to choose who will lead us during this next chapter of our history,” he said.

Quezon recalled the current administration already achieved gains which might be lost.

“Once, we successfully overthrew a dictator that had promised us peace, order, and a New Society—but instead gave us oppression, violence, and reason to fear our own government. Today, we see these same promises being dangled before us by those who would seek to cast aside our hopes and instead take advantage of our fears.

“By working together, we have already achieved so much these past six years. Of course, much more remains to be done—but when has a quick fix ever worked? When has dictatorship ever worked? Now that the world’s eyes are on us, do we want them to see us vote for the kind of one-man rule we ousted only a generation ago?

“There was a time when we feared our government, when we didn’t dare speak against those in power. There was a time when we feared our neighbors, of what they—or the people they know—might do to us should we happen to have a difference of opinion. Those days are long gone, and we must unite as a people to ensure that they never return.” PND (jd)

Palace advises voters to vote early, cooperate with authorities
The Palace advised Filipino voters Saturday to vote early and cooperate with authorities to ensure honest, peaceful and credible election.

“Kahit ano man ang mangyari, ang kailangan po vote early,” Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, said in a radio interview.

“Hanapin ang inyong presinto, siguraduhin na dala niyo ang inyong appropriate ID at kung meron kayong nakitang nakakabahala na bagay, i-report agad sa mga awtoridad dahil nasa interes nating lahat, kahit sino man ang pinupusuan nating kandidato, na maging malinis at kapanipaniwala ang resulta ng halalang ito.”

Quezon told dzRB Radyo Ng Bayan that Monday’s election is important because the next leader will set the direction for the country in the next six years.

“Ang hinaharap natin ay hindi lang ang magiging direksyon ng bayan sa susunod na anim na taon, kung ‘di ano ang mangyayari sa ating lipunan, sa ating bansa, sa ating ekonomiya, sa lahat sa atin sa darating na henerasyon. Dahil matindi po ang pinagpipilian natin dito,” he said.

It’s up to the people to choose whether they want to continue the reform agenda of the administration or support other candidates who offer a different approach in addressing the country’s challenges.

The Filipino public is obviously looking for a leader who listens, has a word of honor and will not steal public money, according to Quezon.

“Sa pagpapasya natin sa darating na eleksyon, kailangan natin ng dalawang bagay, hindi lamang ang puso, kung ‘di ang pag-iisip, kailangan natin tandaan na kung ano ang magiging boto natin, may epekto ito sa ating mga mahal sa buhay at sa ating minamahal na bayan.”

President Aquino has been campaigning for administration candidates asking the people for the continuity of his “Daang Matuwid” agenda.

Administration candidates will hold their Miting de Avance in Quezon City Saturday evening in their last ditch effort to appeal to voters for Monday’s voting. PND (as)

 Malacanang reiterates priority for honest, orderly elections
Amidst the call of Vice President Jejomar Binay to President Benigno S. Aquino III to prioritize a clean and honest elections instead of uniting against presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte, the Malacanang assured that President Aquino is committed to make the national elections clean and credible on May 9.

“Ang obligasyon ng pamahalaan ay siguraduhin na mapayapa, malinis at walang duda ang ating eleksyon,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said in a radio interview Saturday.

He pointed out the President have announced this in his last of State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Quezon also stressed the primary body for the elections is the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

‘Wag natin kalimutan na ang primary responsibility ay nasa Comelec. Dine-deputize nito ang iba’t ibang mga institusyon upang tumulong dito at alam po natin ang track record ng Pangulo at kanyang sisiguraduhin na magiging malinis at credible ang elections na ito.” PND (jd)