Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Noynoy Aquino starts campaigning for 2019 polls, urges Filipinos to vote, campaign for opposition to Duterte



Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III | President Rodrigo Duterte

Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on the 35th anniversary of his father's death said he will actively participate in the senatorial campaign for the opposition's candidates for next year's midterm polls.

He said that for those who agreed and are satisfied with the way  President Rodrigo Duterte run the country should vote for the candidates allied with the current administration.

“Kung sang-ayon po tayo sa takbo ng bansa ngayon, iboto po ang kakampi ng administrasyon," Aquino said at the Sto Domingo Church in Quezon City.

But for those who feels otherwise and continue to criticize the policies of the Duterte administration should do more aside from merely voting for candidates of the opposition, should also join in campaigning their slate for the 2019 midterm elections.

"Pero kung di ka sang-ayon, wag niyo lang iboto ang ating mga kandidato, ikampanya mo pa sila, palakasin niyo ang mga magdadala ng tinatawag na checks and balances sa gobyerno,” he added.

Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III, VP Leni Robredo, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other former Cabinet secretaries flash the 'Laban' sign after a mass during the 35th death anniversary of Noynoy's father | Photo from Thinking port

Aquino also pointed out that the future of this country lies at the power and voices of the Filipinos.

“Tawag ko po sa inyo ay boss, kayo ang boss ko. Kayo ang dapat masunod. Klaro po, nasa inyong mga kamay ang ating kapalaran, nasa inyo kung gagamitin ninyo ang kapangyarihan na ‘yun,” Aquino said.

Earlier in the day, Aquino said he planned to help candidates who shared his views and advocacy instead of himself running for office.

Aquino also said he plans to help all those who have similar views, similar advocacies for a genuine opposition that would provide checks and balances to the government.

"Gusto natin magparami ng bilang. Siguro naman dapat tumulong tayo na meron tayong oposisyon na talagang constructive na magpo-provide ng tamang check and balance,” Noynoy said

Vice President Leni Robredo also said she is willing to lead all opposition coalition against Duterte.

Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III, VP Leni Robredo, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other former Cabinet secretaries flash the 'Laban' sign after a mass during the 35th death anniversary of Noynoy's father | Photo from MSN

Aquino is chairman of the former ruling Liberal Party, whose 2019 senatorial candidates includes re-electionist Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino, former Quezon Representative Erin Tañada, Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chairman Chel Diokno, Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, and former Akbayan party-list Representative Barry Gutierrez.

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Source: GMA News