Sabah shooting distracts PNoy during sortie

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2013 04:35 PM | Updated as of Mar 02 2013 12:36 AM

MANILA - President Aquino has just left San Fernando City, Pampanga where he attended a program with the administration's senatorial candidates and the Liberal Party's candidates in the province.

Aquino said in his speech that he has to rush back to Malacañang to get a complete picture of what really happened in Sabah.

At one point, Aquino had to excuse himself from the program and proceeded to a holding room to monitor and get updates on the situation in Sabah.

He went back to the stage when it was his turn to deliver his speech to endorse his allies.

"Pasensya na ho kayo kung kanina paakyat-baba ako ng entablado. Alam naman po niyo may nangyayari sa Sabah. Mukhang natapos na po yung pangyayari. Siyempre, hindi pa ho kumpleto ang detalye. Medyo magmamadali ho tayo pabalik dahil inaasahan natin ang pagdating natin sa opisina ay handa na po, kumpleto yung impormasyon--alam na po natin yung nangyari ng may katiyakan at naasikaso lahat ng dapat maasikaso," he said.

"Pero hindi ho yun ang pakay natin ngayon. Puntahan na po natin ang talumpati," he said.

Turning now to politics, Aquino said he won't accept the label of Pampanga as a bailiwick of the Arroyos, saying that Kapampangans should not be beholden to any family and those, according to him, were involved in corruption.

Aquino did not relent in criticizing the past administration, saying he has to point out incidents of mismanagement and corruption to show what should not be the case.

Aquino spoke in Kapampangan and said that he is Kapampangan as well.

He thanked the province for giving him the most number of votes in the 2010 presidential elections.

He vowed that the province will not be left behind and asked Kapampangans to vote for candidates that can help him deliver.

He endorsed Ed Panlilio as the party's gubernatorial candidate who will run against Lilia Pineda, a known ally of former President Arroyo.

In his speech, Panlilio called an end to "jueteng politics" and the building of a political dynasty in the province.

He called on the government to end jueteng operations in the province.