"Gusto nilang malaman ang
balak ng ibat ibang kandidato tungkol sa pagbabago ng
kanilang buhay lalo na sa mga bagay ng ekonomiya,
trabaho, presyo, hanapbuhay ... hindi yung mga
generalities kundi yung specifics. Yun ang kanilang
pinagbabatayan (They want to know how each of the
candidates can change their lives particularly on
issues affecting the economy, employment, prices, jobs
... not generalities but specifics. That would be the
basis of their decision)," she said.
The President deplored
that the campaign had degenerated into character
assassination and black propaganda instead of purely
"Okay lang po kung isyu,
puwede nating pag-usapan, puwede nating linawin. Ang
problema kapag character assassination at black
propaganda, yan ang problema (It's okay if it's
issues, they can be talked about, they can be cleared.
The problem is if it's character assassination or
black propaganda)," she clarified.
The President noted that
like her father, the late President Diosdado
Macapagal, she believes that the basic issue now
confronting the country is poverty.
In her four-point agenda
against poverty, the President revealed that creating
jobs is of paramount importance, that is why she said
the government is focused on creating an environment
conducive to investors.
In the countryside, focus
is on agriculture and land reform, which, according to
her, was her father's legacy during his presidency.
Direct services to the
poor has also been taken care of, she said, like her
water for the waterless program, housing and medicare
The fourth agenda in her
program, she said, is good governance.
On the issue that she has
the undue advantage of using government resources for
her campaign, the President said she is not the first
President nor the first politician running as an
The Chief Executive cited
the case of former President Marcos who was even
charged but subsequently cleared by the courts.
"Hindi mapaghihiwalay yon
at rule na yon in favor of Marcos noong panahon niya.
Marami pa pong jurisprudence tungkol sa mga incumbent
na tumatakbo (It cannot be separated and the courts
have ruled in favor of Marcos during his time.
Besides, we have many jurisprudence about incumbents
running for office)," the President said.