ANDREO C. CALONZO, GMANews.TV
11/28/2009 | 02:45 PM
Presidential aspirant Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III on Saturday said that the Arroyo administration is too focused on gaining votes in Mindanao that it is neglecting to deliver basic services to the region.
Aquino made the statement after he and his running mate Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II filed their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections in Manila Saturday.
“Ang problema doon (sa Mindanao), ang gobyerno, hindi nagde-deliver ng services. Mas tinitingnan pa kung ilang boto ang maibibigay sa administrasyon. Gusto nating baligtarin ito (The problem in Mindanao is that the government fails to deliver services to people. They are more concerned with getting votes. We need to change that.)," Aquino said.
He said that more attention should be given to southern Philippines, parts of which have been riddled not only by poverty but also by rebel insurgencies. Recently, clan wars called "ridos" have been highlighted in the media after the bloody massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, where 57 people died, including members of the powerful Mangudadatu clan, as well as lawyers and over 30 journalists.
An on-going investigation is currenlty focused on the Ampatuans, another clan in the province that is being blamed to have utilized its "private army" to carry out the attack.
Asked what his priority projects will be if ever he wins as president, Aquino enumerated four target areas he plans to focus on: “Job generation, improvement on health, education, and judicial reforms," he said.
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Seven members of the LP’s senatorial slate filed their COCs alongside Aquino and Roxas.
These were former National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief Ralph Recto; Anakbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel; Muntinlupa Rep. Rufino Biazon; Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto Guingona III; former Bukidnon Rep. Nereus Acosta; lawyer Alexander Lacson; and Sonia Roco, wife of the late Sen. Raul Roco.
Aquino said the LP’s senatorial slate has yet to be finalized, since “last minute negotiations" are still being done.
He explained that the party has left one slot in its senatorial line-up for former Sen. Sergio Osmena III, who had earlier left LP’s senatorial ticket following Recto's inclusion in the slate.
“Nakalaan ang isang puwesto sa aming senatorial line-up para kay Serge Osmena (One slot in our senatorial line-up is reserved for Serge Osmena)," Aquino said in a press conference after the COC filing. - MJU, TJD, GMANews.TV