Noy to Poe: Don’t overpromise
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Thursday said Senator Grace Poe, who is running for President next year, should not be making promises she could not keep.
“I hope the opposition will base their criticisms only on the truth,” Aquino said.
“We must not make promises of delivering heaven, or the stars, or the moon if we really cannot do it. We must respect the people who have the power to give our mandate, our bosses, and tell them the truth.”
Aquino made his statement even as Reps. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Ronaldo Zamora and Ferdinand Martin Romualdez said the Grace Poe and Francis Escudero tandem in 2016 would make next year’s elections more interesting.
But the supporters of Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II shrugged off the tandem, although Roxas himself said he wished Poe well.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said party switching would be possible as a result of Poe’s declaration to run for President.
Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao said the Nationalist People’s Coalition was yet to decide if it would endorse Poe and Escudero.
Aquino expressed support for Senator Poe’s plan to continue his supposed reforms, and that he would accept criticism as long as it was in the right context.
“We thank [Poe]. We were given credit on our fight against corruption,” Aquino said.
“If their aim is to continue [our reforms], why would we be angry? And the public will decide in due time who will continue the straight path.”
Aquino said Poe had texted him the night before she declared her decision to run for President.
“She said, ‘We will arrive at a situation during the campaign where my [Aquino’s] camp will hear about attacks, but I [Poe] will never do that’,” said Aquino citing Poe’s text message.
“What can I say to that? Of course I am thanking her. But for me, if there is a need to criticize me, why not as long as this will be in the right place, in the right context, and based on the truth?”
Aquino said what was important is that the Filipinos must not go back to the old ways.
“I hope we will not go back to the old ways,” he said.
“I hope we will remain here and improve the good that has happened.”