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Miriam Santiago: ‘Daang matuwid’ is the ultimate frustration of Filipinos

/ 07:26 PM May 05, 2016
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With a few days to the 2016 elections, presidential aspirant Sen. Miriam Defensor- Santiago lashed out at the Aquino administration for the first time in her campaign.

“The righteous path that the administration has campaigned on in 2010 turned out to be the ultimate frustration of the Filipino people,” she told the crowd of mostly students and faculty at the University of Santo Tomas on Thursday.

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“Pinangakuan tayo ng matuwid na daan, anong matuwid eh papuntang UST ang traffic ang bigat-bigat,” she said as the audience cheered and shouts filled the gymnasium.

(They promised us the straight path. How straight [straight could that be] if there’s heavy traffic leading to UST.)

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“The administration has failed to implement many reforms to curb corruption. These include the Freedom of Information Bill or Law, which I strongly supported in the Senate, and the Anti-Premature Campaigning Law,” she added.

In an interview with reporters after her speech, she accused the administration in manipulating the results of commercial surveys.

“Si Bongbong matagal naging number one sa vice presidential surveys. Ngayon malapit na ang halalan biglang na overtake ng kandidato ng administrasyon,” she said, referring to Liberal party vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

Senator Bongbong Marcos is Santiago’s running mate.

(Bongbong has been number one in the vice presidential surveys for a long time. Now that the elections are near, he’s overtaken by the administration candidate.)

READ: Robredo asks for continued support amid new survey lead

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“Kaya ang mga minds ng ating botante [That’s why the minds of our voters] have been manipulated by these commercial surveys may be paid in hard cash,” she added. TVJ

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