BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei, Apr 25 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III is “heartened” by the fact that nine out of his 12 candidates for the Senate are likely to win in the upcoming midterm elections but he said they would still make an “extra effort” to help the other three catch up in the surveys.
“We are trying to make extra efforts on all of them. But, at the same time, parang heartening na rin: nine out of 12,” President Aquino told the Philippine media delegation here on Wednesday.
The President, who is currently attending the 22nd Association of the Southeast Asian Nation Summit, said he would continue talking with local leaders allied with them to help them increase the voters’ awareness on all of their candidates, especially the three others.
“Nakikiusap tayo sa ating mga leaders, baka pwedeng diinan ‘yung tatlo na mas maalala; dagdagan ‘yung awareness at ‘yung recall at sana naman may conversion (into votes),” he said.
On his visit to Capiz last April 10, the President said they are trying to achieve the rare 12-0 feat for the Liberal Party coalition candidates with about less than a month to go before the Election Day itself.
“‘Yon ang tinatrabaho natin, kung pwedeng mangyari ‘yon. Pero tayo’y nag-aapela sa ating mga boss, ang ating mga kababayan, ang sambayanang Pilipino, na kung nakikita nila ang talagang pagbabago ngayon, ang mungkahi natin, itong labindalawa nga ang tutulong mapabilis ang pagbabagong nangyayari sa bansa,” he said.
He, however, emphasized that their party would not resort into vote-buying mechanisms and would not tolerate any of their candidates in doing so just to reach that particular goal. (MNS)