PNoy won't abandon governance despite campaign

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 08 2013 04:03 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2013 12:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino will not abandon governance even if he will be helping to campaign for the administration bets ahead of the 2013 elections, Malacañang said Tuesday.

"It does not take away the fact that the President is fully devoted to his job of governing the country. We have seen a tremendous increase in our performance in 2012 and we are not going to shortchange ourselves. The President is not going to do that. The President is committed to governing," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

Lacierda declined to comment on reports that the candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance have started to campaign with sorties and TV ads.

He merely pointed out that a Supreme Court decision has supposedly ruled that there is no such thing as premature campaigning.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte earlier said the President is expected to make a pitch for the administration candidates as a way of helping in the campaign.