Candidates should turn over a new leaf this new year by steering clear of petty politics and making the 2016 campaign a battle of platforms on how to improve government, said Sen. Grace Poe, who issued the call to fellow aspirants for the presidency.
Voters will choose the country’s next set of leaders in May and the official campaign period for national posts will begin next month.
“We’re all coming into 2016 with a clean slate. We can use this chance to elevate the level of discourse in the campaign. I think everyone will agree that Filipinos deserve no less from us,” Poe said in a statement.
Poe also recalled an agreement between her and fellow candidates Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay to keep the campaign “friendly and dignified.”
Tagle reminded the candidates that being a leader meant being of service and that they should not forget that a leader must be the first to feel what the people were going through, she noted.
Poe, who is battling attempts to kick her out of the race for the presidency, also said personal ambitions should not triumph over the desire to improve how things were done in the country.
This kind of ambition, she said, could lead to dirty tricks against opponents.
“I presume we all want the same thing for the country, which is ultimately, to uplift the lives of our fellow Filipinos. Let us not make this about personal ambitions because if we do, the tendency is to employ all means, even dirty tactics, to eliminate those who stand in our way,” she said.