By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News | 02/07/2013 11:17 AM
IMUS, CAVITE—President Aquino asked voters to shun politicians pretending to be his allies in yet another pitch for his political allies before the official start of the campaign period.
He particularly asked voters of Cavite to support the candidacy of Rep. Ayong Maliksi for governor in the 2013 elections, taking a swipe at Maliksi’s rivals.
"Paalala lamang po. Asahan na po ninyong may mga nagpapanggap at may mga nakikisakay diumano sa ating krusada. May mga nakikisuot ng kulay dilaw pero hindi tiyak kung anong kulay ang nasa loobin. Huwag po tayong umasa sa tsamba o sa agimat o anting-anting," Aquino said in his speech at the Alay sa Mamamayan event organized by Maliksi.
It was an apparent allusion to the Revillas who are known for portraying roles using the "agimat" or talisman in showbiz.
Maliksi is running against incumbent governor Jonvic Remulla whose running mate for vice governor is Jolo Revilla, son of Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.
Maliksi's running mate is Ronald Jay Lacson, son of Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Aquino said he needs his allies in office to ensure the continuity of his reforms.
"Matuto po tayong kumilatis ng mga susunod na lider ng bansa upang matiyak na aarangkada tayo sa katuparan n gating mga pangarap at hindi na kailanman lumihis pa. Magtiwala po tayo sa tapat na paglilingkod at serbisyong nag-aalab, may prinsipyo at syempre, may liksi," he added.
Meantime, Aquino hinted appointing Senator Lacson to a position in the executive.
“Yung hinihintay ho namin na sumama sa amin sa executive,” the President said when he greeted Lacson before delivering his speech.
Also joining Aquino on the stage were two of the administration’s senatorial candidates, Bam Aquino and Risa Hontiveros, and the Liberal Party’s congressional candidates in Cavite.