Press Release
August 8, 2014

Corrupt successor will send PHL back to GMA dark ages
Cayetano: Extend PNoy's gains, not his term

Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter "Companero" S. Cayetano said he is all for extending the reform agenda of President Benigno Aquino III's administration but not the term of the chief executive. "I have been fully supportive of President Aquino and his administration's 'Tuwid na Daan' reforms and platform of good governance which have led to an impressive economic growth. Moving forward, the Filipino electorate must choose a leader who will continue what the Aquino administration has started," Cayetano said.

The Senate leader said Aquino has done more than enough for the country and deserves to enjoy his life with his family when he steps down by the year 2016.

The President himself as well as the Palace have said that he is not interested nor favors in Charter Change nor term extension.

Aside from its economic gains, the Aquino government also proved to be committed to the principles of transparency and accountability by stopping the abuse of public funds and putting powerful politicians-turned-alleged plunderers behind bars.

"Choosing the next chief executive in the 2016 elections will be crucial. It will determine if we will continue to move forward or go back to a GMA type of governance where protest and instability were constant because of widespread corruption," he said.

Cayetano also stated that while criticisms against the present administration are good to the extent that they serve as check and balances, ideas and proposals on how to help Filipino families cope with everyday problems should be prioritized.

"And I see the Aquino government's sincere desire to do just that. But If we truly believe in President Aquino, we should not endanger his legacy by putting a corrupt official into power," he said.

"Huwag tayong magpabulag sa matataas na ratings at political propaganda. Magkakaroon lamang ng peace of mind ang Pangulo kung alam niya na ang susunod na presidente ay ipagpapatuloy ang kanyang mga reporma."2

Cayetano believes that when there is zero tolerance for corruption in government, Filipino families will have better access to improved social services.

"Because every peso stolen by corrupt politicians is a peso that should have been spent for services for the Filipino family.

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