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Malacanang reiterates priority for honest, orderly elections

MALACANANG, Philippines – Amidst the call of Vice President Jejomar Binay to President Benigno S. Aquino III to prioritize a clean and honest elections instead of uniting against presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte, the Malacanang assured that President Aquino is committed to make the national elections clean and credible on May 9.
“Ang obligasyon ng pamahalaan ay siguraduhin na mapayapa, malinis at walang duda ang ating eleksyon,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said in a radio interview Saturday.
He pointed out the President have announced this in his last of State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Quezon also stressed the primary body for the elections is the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
‘Wag natin kalimutan na ang primary responsibility ay nasa Comelec. Dine-deputize nito ang iba’t ibang mga institusyon upang tumulong dito at alam po natin ang track record ng Pangulo at kanyang sisiguraduhin na magiging malinis at credible ang elections na ito.”

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.