PNoy tells Zambo del Norte folks: If you want real change, vote for admin candidates

April 20, 2013 12:10 am 

DIPOLOG CITY, April 18 — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday urged the people of Zamboanga del Norte to vote for Liberal Party candidates running for local positions in the province, led by gubernatorial candidate Berto Uy and incumbent Dipolog City Mayor Belen Uy, if they wanted the whole province to become developed and prosperous.

Speaking before some 5,000 supporters during a grand rally held at the Dipolog City Sports Complex in the province’s capital, the President said that that he needs honest and trusted local officials to help his administration in pushing for programs and initiatives that will provide Dipolognons with better lives.

Aquino noted that Dipolog City had seen unprecedented growth during the term of Berto Uy and the incumbency of his wife, Belen, so much so that the city does not seem part of the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

Zamboanga del Norte, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is the poorest province in the whole of Western Mindanao since 2003.

“Klaro naman na paganda nang paganda ang kalagayan ng Dipolog habang tila napag-iiwanan pa rin ang Zamboanga del Norte sa kabila ng lideratong dekada na ang binibilang sa serbisyo o serbisyo kuno ng kasalukuyang gobernador,” he said.

Proof of this, he said, is the absence of farm-to-market roads in the province despite being a largely agricultural region.

“Ang tanong po natin, ibabalik pa ba natin ang mga pinunong mas inaatupag ang pagkapit sa poder para patuloy na maghari-harian, kaysa magsilbi sa sinasakupan,” Aquino told the crowd.

“Panahon na upang maiparamdam natin po sa buong lalawigan ang kaunlarang nangyayari dito po sa Dipolog. Palakasin natin ang ating puwersa sa mabuting pamamahala at dagdagan pa natin ang mga tunay na kasangga na maghahatid sa Dipolog, sa Zamboanga del Norte, at sa buong bansa sa tunay na ginhawa," he said.

Other LP bets present included vice gubernatorial candidate Senen Angeles, re-electionist Rep. Rosendo Labadlabad (2nd District), and congressional candidates Vicente Balisado (1st District) and Isagani Amatong (3rd District) among others. (PNA)

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