MANILA, Philippines --- Team PNoy is hardly complete in recent major political rallies but President Benigno S. Aquino III does not mind since the administration senatorial bets are given a free hand to organize their campaign activities.
The President said he is willing to go an extra mile and go door to door-to-campaign for the administration candidates this May elections if only he has spare time.
During a campaign stop in Sta. Cruz, Laguna where he endorsed the administration's local candidates and Team PNoy, the President admitted that his busy schedule prevents him to carry out a door-to-door campaign so he recruited instead his supporters to spread the word for him.
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"Alam ninyo po kung pupuwede lang talaga, door-to-door po akong magkakampanya para sa mga kasamahan natin sa tuwid na daan. Pero alam niyo pong di ito kakayanin ng ating oras, kaya ang pakiusap ko po sana sa inyo: kayo na mismo ang mag-endorso sa kanila sa iba pa ninyong mga kasamahang hindi po nakadalo ngayon," the President said in his remarks.
Since the official campaign period started several weeks ago, the President has been leading the major campaign rallies of Team PNoy in the provinces, even though some of the senatorial aspirants are absent.
Of the 12 Team PNoy candidates, only re-electionist Senator Loren Legarda, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and former Senator Jamby Madrigal joined the President in barnstorming the Laguna town.
The President however downplayed the incomplete attendance of Team PNoy in the recent campaign sorties, saying an agreement allowing the candidates to campaign on their own was reached early on. The candidates have different strengths and weaknesses so their campaign strategies are tailored to meet their varying needs, according to the President.
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He said some candidates decide to join him in campaign rallies in the provinces "either to maintain their supporters or increase their supporters." "Hindi nagkakapareho ang lakas at hina ng bawat kandidato so kailangan silang pumunta lalo na kung saan sila palagay nila mas makakatulong ang mga boto (The strengths and weaknesses of each candidate are different so they need to go to places where they think they can attract more votes)," he added.
In the Laguna sortie, the President endorsed the gubernatorial bid of Laguna 4th District Rep. Egay San Luis while criticized anew his opponent, incumbent Gov. Jeorge "ER" Ejercito.
Although he did not name names, Aquino cautioned that the administration's infrastructure projects in Laguna, including the flood control project and river protection in Laguna Lake, may be derailed if voters choose an allegedly inefficient governor.
Aquino said what we need is fast and efficient service to the public and not merely rhetorics if we are to further improve the lives of the majority of poor Filipinos.
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