9-3 win a vote of confidence for PNoy: Palace

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2013 02:46 PM | Updated as of May 14 2013 10:46 PM

MANILA - Malacañang is satisfied with the conduct of the elections, citing fewer glitches and “isolated incidents of violence.”

The Palace also welcomed what seems to be a 9-3 win in favor of the administration’s senatorial candidates, saying that it is a vote of confidence for President’s Aquino’s governance.

Aquino considers the mid-term elections as a “referendum” on his administration.

“The President led the administration into what he himself has described as a referendum on this administration—one that will determine whether there will be a continuation and acceleration of reform, or a regression to the old, selfish ways that had harmed our country,” presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

“As the counting is completed and the official proclamations take place, it seems clear that our countrymen have spoken overwhelmingly to confirm and expand the mandate for reform and change that they first granted in 2010 to President Aquino.”

“The victory of Team PNoy is a renewed mandate for tuwid na daan, and a vote of confidence for good governance, the continuity of reforms, and a brighter future to come,” he added.

The Palace sees a “greater majority” in the new Senate given the win of its allies.

The Palace welcomed the emergence of Grace Poe as the apparent topnotcher in the Senate race, debunking pre-election survey results.

“She had a very disciplined message, and people responded to her message, people responded to her… I think she is a new personality and she impressed… a great majority of Filipino people in the way she showed her sincerity and what her program of government will be as a senator,” Lacierda said.

Did PNoy endorsement work in local polls?

But Malacañang won’t bask just yet when it comes to the local elections with some of its allies losing in key areas like Manila (Alfredo Lim), Laguna (Egay San Luis), Pampanga (Ed Panlilio) and Pangasinan (Nani Braganza).

Lacierda said the Palace would rather wait for all the local races to end and see the “entire picture” before making a judgment on whether President Aquino’s endorsement power worked in the local level.

Lacierda said that the congressional races are not yet over. He cited the wins of their allies in places like Cebu.

“You’re looking at negative point. We’re also looking at he entire picture... You don’t grab bits and pieces. Let’s see the entire picture of the endorsement power of the President both from the national elections, which we saw 9 out 12… that’s a very powerful affirmation of the Filipino people on the President’s drive for reform. That clearly shows that the President has the support of the Filipino people for his reform agenda,” Lacierda said.

PNoy, Erap can work together

Lacierda said that the President and Manila mayor-elect Joseph Estrada can work together even if Aquino had endorsed Alfredo Lim.

Lacierda said Aquino and Estrada are “good friends,” seeing a good relationship between the Palace and the capital’s city hall.

"The President and mayor-elect Joseph Estrada are good friends. Their families have remained good friends in spite of being affiliated [with] different political parties. So on a personal level, the President and mayor-elect Joseph Estrada are on good terms… I don’t see a reason why Manila City Hall and Malacañang could not work together,” he said.

Meantime, the Palace expressed satisfaction with the preparations made by the Comelec, citing a “marked improvement” from the conduct of the previous elections. Lacierda said fewer machines malfunctioned out of the thousands deployed, adding that the Comelec has “proven the naysayers wrong.”

The Palace said it is happy with the performance of the AFP and PNP in securing the polls.