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Aquino on Poe: What, me worry?

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III and the ruling Liberal Party is not worried over the presidential bid of Senator Grace Poe because the party is moving away from “personality politics.”

“Why should we be worried of her announcing her plans? We really would like to hear what she says,” said Aquino, during a media interview at the Iloilo Convention Center, in Iloilo City.

“I think the party stands on a particular platform. We are moving away from personality politics to platform-based politics. So whatever her announcement is, we still insist that, or we will still be advocating governance based on a particular or specific platform,” he added.

Aquino declined to say who he wants as a running mate for former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, but he conceded that Roxas should have the final say on whom he wants as a running mate even as the Liberal Party is supposedly choosing from among Senator Alan Cayetano, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and Rep. Leni Robredo.

Aquino was echoing an earlier statement made by Senate President Franklin Drilon, an LP official, who said a Poe candidacy for president will not change any of their plans for 2016.

“No. We are not worried. There is no change in plan. We will continue to build up Secretary [Mar] Roxas,” Drilon, LP vice chairman, told reporters at the same event in Iloilo.

Aquino and other LP members have repeatedly wooed Poe to be their party’s vice presidential candidate, supporting LP’s presumptive presidential bet, resigned Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Meanwhile, Aquino urged Iloilo residents to vote for Roxas during the 2016 elections.

“Next year, we will again face a crossroad. I see this as a referendum of all our victories which we have been enjoying now. What is a referendum? The question is simple: Do you want what we have achieved during our administration to continue? Or do you want us to go back to our old system where a few have taken advantage of opportunities while others are suffering? Do you think we have achieved or even surpassed what we have promised on reforms?,” Aquino said.

“If  your answer is yes, it is just right to continue what we have started and choose ‘Tuwid na Daan’ [right path],” said Aquino.

“I am confident that just like in 2010, a lot of Ilongos, if not all will choose the right path. We all know that our candidate for Daang Matuwid, is no other than Mar Roxas, who like yourselves, is also a son of Panay Island,” Aquino said.

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