MANILA, April 15, 2013—Ecumenical electoral watch group Pagbabago! Cebu chapter calls on President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar C. Binay Sr. to focus on good governance, instead of joining the respective “meeting de avance” (political rallies) of their respective parties.
In a statement sent to CBCP News, Rev. Jessie Primacio, co-chair of Pagbabago! Cebu said the two top executives should minimize their presence in grand rallies for it sends an impression to the public that they are much focused on campaigning for their senatorial and local bets, rather on solving the borgeoning problem in the health, education and the housing sectors. Mr. Binay is currently the leader of the United Nationalists Alliance (UNA) while Mr. Aquino is the head of the Liberal Party.
“They could show their support for their bets anyway in many other ways without abetting a culture of patronage and blind loyalty from an uncritical crowd,” Primacio said.
On the other hand, Pagbabago! Cebu said that they are pushing for the “People’s Agenda for Change” and the “People’s Criteria” as to educate the voters how to choose the next leaders of the land on this upcoming May 13 elections.
“The People’s Criteria is summed up into five main points: Truth, Accountability and Justice; Economic Progress and Environment; People’s Welfare; Peace and Equality; Love of Country,” read the Pagbabago! Cebu statement. [Noel Sales Barcelona/CBCPNews]