MANILA - President Aquino will not name his anointed one in the 2016 presidential elections for now despite the early jockeying of other candidates for the position.
Speaking to Palace reporters, Aquino said he is focused on reminding the public to prepare for the onset of typhoon season in a few months.
"I will announce at the appropriate time. Pero sa ngayon po, syempre naka-focus tayo doon sa problema ngayon, imbes na ‘yung 2016 elections," he said.
The President pointed out the nation has only three months left before the start of typhoon season. Up to 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year.
Last year, the world's strongest typhoon affected several parts of Samar, Leyte and surrounding provinces and left thousands either dead or missing.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive does not seem to mind the early positioning for the race to succeed him in 2016.
He said the early announcement of presidential bids by some candidates will benefit voters.
"Baka ho mabibigyan ng mas mahabang pagkakataon suriin ang bawat kandidato. Mabibigyan ang ating mga mamamayan ng pagkakataon na talagang masuri, 'yung salang-sala ang pagpipili nila, so palagay ko makakatulong rin ‘yon," he said.
Vice-President Jejomar Binay has already declared his plan to run for President in 2016.
Just recently, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano also said he wants to be President and may even run in 2016.
Another politician, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Aquino's running-mate in the 2010 polls, is also rumored to be eyeing the presidency. Roxas has yet to announce his political plans.