Aquino says he only wants honest votes


BULUAN, Maguindanao—President Benigno Aquino III wants honest votes to be reflected in the midterm polls, regardless of whether administration senatorial candidates would win by landslide in this province.

Quoting the President, acting Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said Mr. Aquino wanted the “wrongs of the past” corrected, calling to mind the manipulation of the votes in Maguindanao and other parts of the ARMM by the ruling coalition in the 2007 elections.

Pandag Mayor Zajid Mangudadatu had projected an “overwhelming victory” for the Liberal Party (LP) coalition in the May elections.

Mangudadatu, younger brother of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu, said he was confident the track record of the Aquino government would push the LP lineup to victory.

Another Mangudadatu sibling, Buluan Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu, said he could pledge an LP victory by 80 percent in his town.

“Mr. Aquino got zero votes in Maguindanao in the 2007 senatorial race but we will reverse it this time,” Governor Mangudadatu said, adding that no impositions will be made.

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, an LP senatorial candidate, said that while he wanted Maguindanao voters to support him after his “manipulated loss” to Miguel Zubiri in 2007, he wanted them to vote honestly.

Risa Hontiveros, who is also part of the LP slate, said she was hoping for clean elections in the ARMM, unlike in the past when ghost voters from ghost towns cast their ballots.

Maguindanao was among the ARMM provinces where former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gave actor Fernando Poe Jr. zero votes.

The province was formerly ruled by the Ampatuan clan, which was known for its iron-hand policy in maintaining its political grip and for alleged merciless killings.

In November 2009, 58 persons, including 32 journalists, were executed by alleged members of the Ampatuan clan as they were motoring to the provincial capitol in Shariff Aguak town to file the certificate of candidacy of then Buluan Vice Mayor Esmael Mangudadatu.

Mr. Aquino himself urged Maguindanao voters to vote for the LP ticket, saying they would guarantee his programs advocating the “straight path” would succeed.

As the President was speaking, the crowd started to complain about the heat.

The National Power Corp. continues to implement scheduled power outages due to the declining water level at Lake Lanao.

Lake Lanao powers the Agus Power Plants in Lanao, which contribute about 40 percent of Mindanao’s power needs.

“We hope the President do something fast to ease Mindanao’s energy crisis,” a resident who attended the LP rally said. Charlie Señase, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • yesyesyo

    The honesty of PNoy is so inspiring.

    Go Team PNoy! In support of the incorruptible PNoy!

    • bryanbrian

      Panic mode na ang United Nakaw Alliance.

    • Michael Mallari

      hmm.. matanong ko lang po…. sino po ba ang tunay na may ari ng PLDT ??? at bakit po ba ang tagal tagal bago ma-aksyunan ang Hacienta Luisita….. ??? tanong lang naman…

  • Maldi2

    LOL, halatang mga hakot nga ang umatend ng sortie ni Panot. Not unless, Panot takes bold actions on power crisis in Mindanao, he can’t get a resounding majority in ARMM.

    • honest man

      isa ka pa…pag marami umatend, hakot…eh ano kung hakot…

  • firmelilia_12LAF

    Go, Team PNoy! 12-0, YES! I-pit mo ba naman ang mga corrupt na Gloria minion sa honesty and integrity in PNoy at mga kasangga niya sa straight path na mga senatorial candidates, expect na sa kangkongan sila pupulutin. Half-wits lang ang boboto sa UNA SA NAKAWAN ALLIANCE BETS! Haayyy, the shamelessness of it!

  • etomacq

    12-0 in favor of penoy team is an honest vote result??? Walang pinag kaiba kay Marcos at GLoria… pera pera lang talaga.

  • regd

    Honestly a sweep isn’t good. 11-1 is much better.

    • MakaBayanPo

      12-0 lng po

  • pcosmachine



    • boldyak

      how can there be a good governance if all senators are under his control?…how can there be a check and balance?…if there is no check and balance, there is no good governance…see around you who controls the government…if you see Pnoy controls it, you are wrong…look behind him…he is only a front of somebody BIG..

      • honest man

        hehehe….maghintay ka ng 2016….baka manalo manok mo…but for now….relax….baka ma hi-blood ka

      • Michael Mallari

        true true.. we need an independent upper chambers… go for UNA.. kahit ayaw ko sa mga kandidato nila… it is our best option!

  • Albert Einstien

    ha ha…how about HONEST candidates sir pnoy?
    how about HONEST governance ?

    MY people the ONLY RELEVANT thing we can GIVE to our country is PATRIOTISM….don’t SELL it …….!

    MALAYSIA’S gas & oil reserve including their robbing of BRUNEI’s sarawak & RP’s
    SABAH… as of 1/1/11

    GAS 89.9 TRILLION cubic feet & OIL 5.9 bBillion barrels

    Production per day 974 kboe /day & 657.2 kboe/day


    BRUNEI’s $ARAWAK Oil ( 26% ) 1.5 Billion Barrels & Brunei’s $arawak
    ga$ ( 42.9 % ) 38.5761 trillion cubic feet

    MALAYSIA oil ( 40% ) 2.4 billion barrels & MALAYSIA gas ( 35.1% ) 31.5549 trillion
    cubic feet

    RP’s $ABAH OIL ( 34 % ) 2.0 Billion barrels ( expanding) & RP’s
    SABAH GA$ ( 12% expanding) 10.7880 trillion cubic feet

    As you can see MALAYSIA’s wealth is COMING from BRUNEI & RP….. that is why we

    have REBELS in SOUTH…that is why RP will not PROSPER…SABAH is CASH
    COW….RP’s SABAH OIL will be DEPLETED in less than 20 years time..SHOULD we
    WAIT UNTIL they FULLY DEPLETED our SABAH territory of RESOURCES ? HOW much MONEY from SABAH resources MALAYSIA is giving to our POLITICIANS in EXCHANGE for their PATRIOTISM & NOT to CLAIM SABAH ?

    ‘PNoy received money from Malaysia’… ABS-CBN news 03/06/2013

    Citing his own sources, David claimed the President received money from Malaysia,
    which is the reason behind his stand on the Sultanate of Sulu’s claim over

    “He never wanted [to pursue the claim] in the first place… It is not possible for
    them to take such positions and speak against their own people if they are not on
    the take,” he said.

    When asked what he would do if he is slapped with libel cases due to his accusations
    against Aquino, David said: “I would welcome it provided I will be given a day in court.”

    of RP should make an honest to goodness INQUIRY of BRIBERY issues pertaining to
    SABAH & MALAYSIA’s EFFORT to bring DOWN our government by instigating &
    supporting REBELLION in the SOUTH for decades now….be PATRIOTIC my
    PEOPLE….save our resources….save our POSTERITY …save our FUTURE…!

  • pobre0000


    The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.Synonyms
    cant – dissimulation – double-dealing – insincerity

  • XY ZEE

    Aquino says he only wants honest votes
    Mindanaoans only want electricity.
    Is this too much to expect from a competent government?

    • honest man

      Paano? Dagdagan ni Pnoy ang tubig sa Lake Lanao? Mag sabay-sabay kaya kayong umihi para dumami ang tubig sa Lake Lanao.

  • kilabot

    tell that to lanto.
    can’t trust somebody who’s
    family is notorious collaborators and traitors.
    the choice in mindanao is clear:
    electricity or brownout.

  • Pio Gante

    mas inu-una pa ang boto kaysa ayusin ang kalagayan ng kuryente sa lugar na yan.

    go. mr. president lead the the way to the straight but narrow road to perdition.

  • chubby bobby

    let’s see if UNA politicos can solve the Mindanao brownouts if they win

  • leomar101

    “Honest votes” really you only wants an honest votes. An honest votes when all your ulopong will win and a dishonest votes if you got zero. hahaha. Mongol went their in the moros land with billions on his hand. Noong malayo pa ang election at dumalaw siya sa mga nabahaan sa Cotabato eh wala siyang dala kahit bigas o noodles pero ngayon? Money overflowing their and everywhere but no money for the repair and modernazation of power plants in Mindanao. This noble project of maintaining the hydro power plant would benifit everybody there. But what didi he do? He choose a solutioion in power crisis favoring only his friend aboitiz. And the millions of people have to pay very expensive electric bill. Mga taga Mindanao, huwag kayong paloko sa isang loko loko. Tama na ang pang-uto sa ninyo. Ngayon babalik siya diyan na may matamis na dila, at noong may dialogue tungkol sa power crisis last year sa Davao si mongol ay matigas at mayabang. hahahaha. Really what a spilt personality this creature has.

  • redsnow

    VOTE for UNA !!!!!! Un Noticeable Anomaly ………… epecially 3 kings the 3 playboy

  • disqusted0fu

    During the voting for the RH bill, Pnoy told the Congressmen to make a conscience vote, but then he sent his cronies to Congress to make sure the yes votes win. Now he wants honest votes to be reflected, but he has the Comelec neglecting the problems of the PCOS machines and its source code??? WTF!

  • mekeni62

    iyan din ang gusto ni pareng Sixto. Honest Votes!! he he he

  • $14141131

    Mindanao should be honest to vote candidates opposite Aquino is not honest to Mindanao. The daily brownouts is a proof of Aquino’s demeaning dishonesty to Mindanao.

  • chubby bobby

    Dont Vote for UNA – gangsters, womanizers, gamblers, plunderers, power hungry, dishonest, trapos, liars, lunatics, arrogant, rude, etc., etc.

  • doublecross

    tama ka dyan….pero ang nakakaloko. sa mindanao, umabot na sa 10k sa bawat boto. saan kaya galing ang pera nito.

  • JasonBieber

    What do you mean honest votes? Like honestly vote for Team PNoy and only Team PNoy?

    How can votes be honest when your Comelec has yet to fix the problems with the PCOS machines. As President you should make sure the honesty of the elections by making sure the machines scanning the ballots are working properly. Unfortunately, they are not.

  • JasonBieber

    Another thing…how can PNoy stand there and speak on honest votes when him and Drilon tried to sneakily appoint to Comelec an apparent un-honest person like Lanto who had been unseated due to poll sabotage in the past.

  • Michael Mallari

    Remember the time of ERAP ????? Aquino was then the president…at ang pagkaka-alam ko… when he run for senator… he won… isa siya sa top notcher.. at isa lang siyang nakapasok…. YET.. despite all the odds… he won landslide as president comes next election…… GO GO UNA…. ayaw ko mang sa inyo… may ayaw ko sa mga kandidato ni P-NOy…… !!!!

  • JosephNess

    honest votes, the people like it too…then, stop suggesting an all out win, it’s just very suspicious and alarming…lest, some close people may misinterpret the meaning of it…

  • Datuitum

    There is no such thing as honest votes in Philippine elections! corrupt and ignorant voters will just keep on electing corrupt politicians! Election results here are the product of ignorance, manipulation, intimidation and vote buying specially in the barangays and the provinces…corrupt politicians asking only for honest votes!,.. is such a bad joke !

  • boybakal

    Honest votes….then let your candidates do the campaigning.
    Level the playing field, by you out of the field.

  • Trollollolloll

    maybe he means stupid votes.

  • Iyen Dev

    Honesty?You have no business in public if you don’t know how to lie.Just plain talk, that’s the way to describe him.

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