MANILA, Philippines - While President Aquino prefers not to have his face placed on tarpaulins announcing public works, the Palace is not stopping politicians from putting his picture alongside theirs.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said it is up to the people to decide if these officials are worthy to be elected.
“Ang taumbayan na po ang maghuhusga sa ganoong uri ng pangangampanya. Pangalawa po, ang klaro po as far as the President is concerned is he does not want his picture posted in any public works or any billboard—anything in relation to taxpayers’ money. That was the instruction he gave to the executive branch. At least klaro ‘yon sa public works kaya si Secretary (Rogelio) Singson sinusunod po niya nang maayos ‘yon at lahat po ng mga big ticket projects hindi po nilalagay ‘yung mukha ni Pangulong Aquino,” Lacierda said.
“Gayunpaman… syempre, 2013 elections, may tumatakbo. Hayaan na po natin ang sambayanan ho mag-desisyon kung ano pong klaseng liderato ang gusto nilang ihalal. Maraming mga factors din po to elect a congressman or a public official: through their performance, through the things that they have done. Posting their pictures might be one of the considerations so we will leave it with the citizenry to decide,” he added.