In Cagayan de Oro, Aquino says other bets won’t help

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A child plays with the tarpaulin of senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara Jr. during President Aquino’s sortie with his Team PNoy in Cagayan de Oro City. LYN RILLON

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Imagine a “bahay kubo” (nipa hut) being carried by villagers on their shoulders in a classic case of “bayanihan” (spirit of solidarity).

With this imagery, President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday made a pitch for his senatorial candidates here.

Speaking before victims of Typhoon “Sendong” in Barangay (village) Lumbia, Aquino said electing his 12 senatorial candidates would ensure that the nipa hut—the country—is taken to its rightful place.

Voting for other candidates would set back his reform agenda, Aquino said.

“They won’t help carry the kubo,” said Aquino. “They might even ride in it,” he said.

Aquino said he handpicked the 12 candidates from a long list to push the administration agenda.

The President harped on the same message when he appeared in a rally with Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Loren Legarda, former Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal in a rally at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Complex here.

In his speech, he talked about the administration’s programs to relocate to a safe place and provide livelihood to thousands of families displaced by Sendong in the city in December 2011, and prevent a similar disaster through a flood control project.

Sendong brought heavy rains and unprecedented flooding to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities on Dec. 17, 2011, leaving more than 1,000 dead and P1.3 billion in damage to infrastructure and crops.

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  • rodben

    Good promises again sa matagal ng nagdarahop na mga taga Cagayan de Oro the real face of election time….mga taga- cagayan de Oro wag po kayong mahiyang tumanggap ng Pera sa kahit sino mang kandidato, ngayon lang kyo babawi sa mga politico katumbas ng 6years na kahirapan muli..MABUHAY KYO

  • Sarong9146

    It is better to Pnoy to stay away from administration political sorties. His presence will make the administration candidates more tasteless for the people. He is a broken record.  

  • leomar101

    Naku po,talagang maluwag na ang tornelyo nitong uhugang ito. Harapharapan binobola ang mga biktima ng bagyo. Di ba  sinabi niya  noon sa inyo na kasalanan ninyo kung kayo ay  dalhin ng baha dahil hindi kayo nakinig ng warning. At itinuloy ang party niya with miss Conception samantalang dadan daan na ang missing diyan? Sus mahabaging Diyos may mukha pa siya ipakita at mambola sa inyo. Tama na palitan na ang walang ginawang presidente kasama ang kanyang  TEAM PATAY. Patayin na ninyo mga taga Cagayan de Oro ang mga hunghang na ito.

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