MANILA, Philippines –- Independent presidential bet Sen. Grace Poe has promised to implement real change that is God-centered and would protect the rights of the Filipino people if she will be elected president in the May 9 polls.
Poe learned from the grueling three-month election campaign that people are still clamoring for immediate and real change.
”Gusto natin nang mabilis na pagbabago. Totoo ‘yon, kahit ako. Pero kailangan makatao at maka-Diyos na pagbabago, kung saan ang pangangailangan ng mahihirap at nangangailangan ang uunahin,” Poe told the crowd during the miting de avance of her godfather, Manila re-electionist mayor Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada last Thursday night in Moriones, Tondo.
”Importante sa lahat ay ito: Na pangangalagaan ang inyong pangangailangan pero hindi kayo tinatakot. Mga kababayan, importante sa lahat na ang gobyerno ang dapat takot sa tao para gawin ang trabaho at hindi ang tao ang dapat matakot sa gobyerno,” she added.
Poe, adoptive daughter of the late action movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. and actress Susan Roces, has emphasized the need to protect the freedom that the country gained through the bloodless People’s Power revolution that toppled the dictatorial regime of former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos.
”Mga kababayan, nakakatakot isipin na ang ating mga kalayaan ay mawawala pa. Kaya importante rin na isipin natin na ang ating susunod na pangulo ay makikinig sa atin, na gagawin ang lahat para maibigay ang nararapat sa inyo at hindi sarado ang isip sa inyong pangangailangan,” Poe said.
Last Thursday, Poe denied speculations that she is giving up her fight for Filipinos’ dreams of a better government.
Speaking to media, the senator shot down rumors that she has forged a deal with the administration to give way to Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas, who had persistently asked her to be his running mate last year.
“Hindi tayo sindikato na makikipag-ayusan kahit kanino para mawalan ng opsyon ang ating mga kababayan. Hindi po ito isang transakasyon para ibenta ang pangarap ng ating mga kababayan,” Poe said.
Poe said she will never give up on her promise of building a “Gobyernong may Puso” that will serve the most neglected sectors of society and ensure that economic growth is inclusive.
“Ang pinakaayaw ng ating mga kababayan ay ibebenta mo ang iyong paninindigan at sarili. They don’t want a sellout especially when you’re fighting for their aspirations and when you’re fighting for their beliefs,” she said.
The senator slammed the mind-conditioning being done by her political opponents who say that the presidential race is down to two because of a slight change in the voters’ preference surveys.
Poe was referring to statement of Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas who said the presidential race is now between him and frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte.
She pointed out the flaws of the current administration, which she said has turned a deaf ear to the cries of millions of commuters who endure the miserable MRT situation daily and the thousands of passengers who constantly fear falling victims to tanim-bala, as well as the threats of Duterte who she called “berdugo.”
If elected, Duterte said he will kill 100,000 criminals if necessary.
The country’s 54 million voters have a better choice—it is not down to an insensitive government or a dictatorship, she said. There is “Gobyernong may Puso.” Jelly Musico/PNA/northboundasia.com