Palace: Voters should be more discerning in choosing candidates

July 18, 2009 2:22 pm 

MANILA, July 18 — A Palace official on Saturday said that Filipino voters should be more discerning in choosing the candidates that they are planning to support in next year’s polls.

In a radio interview, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelie Fajardo pointed out that Filipino voters should look into the political platforms of the presidential aspirants, their backgrounds as well as their performances in their current posts since most of them are incumbent officials holding various positions in the government.

Fajardo challenged the candidates eyeing the presidential post in 2010 to present their platforms to the Filipino people so the voters may have more time to carefully study their plans for the country.

When asked if she thinks that Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio is a formidable candidate for next year’s elections, Fajardo said that the former priest is indeed popular to the masses but it is only up to the voters to discern who they think is the best candidate for the position.

Fajardo added that she is happy for her “kabalen” since he has many supporters and this would be the good start for him to present his agenda for next year’s elections.

The Deputy Spokesperson also reiterated the statement of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that elections will push through next year as planned.

President Arroyo made this assurance on Friday — first, during her regular media interview by Ms. Ethel Cantor-Constantino of NBN-4 and second, at the culmination of the Zero Basura Caravan 2009 of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City.

The Chief Executive pointed out that those who questioned the certainty of next year’s polls undermine the government’s commitment to vibrant democracy. (PNA)

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