Aquino visits Tarlac town where he lost in 2010 presidential elections Lilybeth G. Ison

May 2, 2013 11:54 pm 

VICTORIA, Tarlac, May 1 — President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday visited Victoria — the only town in Tarlac he visited since the start of the campaign, and the only town in his home province where he lost in the 2010 presidential elections.

"Sa kabuuang Tarlac po, sa Victoria lang ako nagpunta (In the entire Tarlac Province, this is the only town I visited)," the President said in his speech during his meeting with the local leaders and the community held at the Bulwagang Kalayaan Covered Court in Barangay San Fernando, here.

"Baka napapansin ninyo madalang po akong nadalaw sa inyo, lalo na noong hindi na po ako ang kinatawan ninyo, hindi na po ako senador. Sabi ho kasi ng nanay ko at alam naman po ninyo masunurin tayong anak: 'Pag hindi ka inimbita, huwag kang magpunta — namimilit ka'. Palagay ko ho magresearch man ako ng paulit-ulit sa aking files mahirap makahanap ng imbitasyon na pumunta ng Victoria sa mga kasalukuyang araw (Perhaps you noticed I rarely visited you, especially when I am no longer your representative, I am not a senator. My mother told me, and you know I am dutiful son: 'If you're not invited, do not go — don't force yourself'. I think even if I research and look into my files, I won't be able to find a single invitation to go to Victoria)," he said.

President Aquino said many things have changed for the improvement of lives of Tarlaquenos, but, sad to say, Victoria had wasted several opportunities to partake of development.

"Aaminin ko po sa inyo — Victoria, ang daming pagkakataon, tila ang dami ng nasayang. Three years na lang po ako bilang Pangulo po ninyo. Sayang baka matagalan bago magkaroon tayo ng Pangulong galing Tarlac uli (I admit — Victoria, so many opportunities have been wasted. My term as President ends in 2016, it might take a long time before someone from this province would be elected as president again)," he said.

"Walang nabago rito. Ang arko kulubot na, ang masakit pati kalsada kulu-kulubot na rin (Nothing has changed here. The arch is wrinkled and, worse, even the roads are wrinkled as well)," he noted.

The President promised to fix the "wrinkled" roads of this town and told residents it was time for a change of leadership so they would finally feel progress.

The Chief Executive said it would be easier to implement the reforms he had in place if his countrymen would give him "allies".

"Mas madali kung bibigyan ninyo ako ng kakampi (It would be easier if you give me allies)," he said, adding that it is time to end the 15-year reign of the Guiam family in the town and then raising the hands of his bets, mayoralty candidate Rex Villa-Agustin and his running mate Gino Gacula.

Candido Guiam III, an ally of detained Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is the incumbent mayor of Victoria and is running for reelection for his last term.

"Kaya nandito po ako kumakatok sa inyong mga puso. Kung kayo binigyan ninyo ako ng pagkakataon noong 1998, baka naman puwede tulungan ninyo ako na sa pagbalik ko dito, aba hindi ko na makilala ang Victoria, ang laki na ng pinagbago (So here I am knocking at your heart. If you gave me the chance in 1998, so maybe you can help me so that on my return here, I will see a progressive Victoria)," the President said.

President Aquino also urged them to vote for the 12 senatorial candidates of the administration’s Team PNoy.

"Pangako ko ho sa inyo: Hindi ako magkukulang sa inyo, lalo na kung bibigyan ninyo ako ng katuwang dito na hindi ko na babantayan. 'Pag may hinirit, alam kong tungo sa kapakanan ng mga taga-Victoria, siyempre ang sagot ko: 'Oo' (I promise I won't fail you, especially if you give me a partner here that I don't need to watch. Once they ask for something I know it would benefit of the people of Victoria, of course my answer would always be 'yes')," he vowed. (PNA)

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