The province of Pangasinan needs public officials who are honest, trustworthy and experienced in governance.
This was President Benigno S. Aquino III's appeal on Thursday to the residents of Pangasinan as he visited the vote-rich province in the final stretch of the campaign period for the midterm elections.
In his visit to Lingayen yesterday, President Aquino said the residents of Pangasinan need public servants who have a clear conscience and who will not use the natural resources of the province for their own benefit.
"Hindi silang nangangahas sa kaliwa't kanang ilegal na gawain, habang isinusugal ang kinabukasan ng mga Pangasinense [We need people who will not dare to engage in illegal activities while risking the future of the people of Pangasinan]," Aquino said.
The President then endorsed the candidacy for governor of Hernani Braganza, who is currently the mayor of Alaminos City.
"Tiwala naman akong tutuparin niya ang kanyang magagandang hangarin para sa mga kababayan niyang Pangasinense [I am confident he will accomplish tasks that would benefit the people of Pangasinan]," Aquino said.
The President also endorsed former Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Arturo Lomibao for vice governor.
"Sila ang magsisigurong tuloy-tuloy ang pagyabong ng mga kilala ninyong industriyang tulad ng agrikultura, pangingisda at turismo. Sila ang titiyak na ang ginhawang dulot ng mga ito ay diretso sa inyong probinsya, at hindi sa kung kaninong bulsa [They will make sure that Pangasinan will continue to progress, especially in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and tourism. They will ensure that revenues generated from these sectors will go straight to the government funds and not to anybody's pocket]," Aquino said.