We're only in the middle of the workweek but we've already had a handful of interesting zingers hogging our local headlines. #Eleksyon2016, despite being still half a year away, is easily the talk of the town, with candidates grabbing every opportunity to speak in public and be heard.
And during these speeches, these reputable people at times utter remarks that sum up their whole rhetoric or a whole news report. From the funniest to the most ludicrous, these statements could essentially make or break their campaigns.
We compiled below the Top 5 sound bites from your beloved politicos over the past few days.
"I have passed through the hardest of physical trepidations and
hardships known to man. Cancer is not an easy disease to have.
I decided upon consultation with my doctors at St. Luke's
[Medical Center] that it should be up to me to run for president."
— Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on her decision to run for the
country's top post despite having Stage 4 lung cancer
Miriam added that the she will be championing the fight against corruption. Let's just hope she stays healthy and very much capable if ever she wins...
"If you look at it from the perspective of credentials, she really has the
leanest resume... That’s insofar as (her) experience goes."
— Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas' campaign spokesperson,
Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez, on Sen. Grace Poe's
qualifications as president
Based on track record, Gutierrez is also confident that his presidentiable would be the "winner by far." Seriously, Mar should really consider firing his whole PR team.
"The moral problem actually is not corruption, the moral problem is
poverty. That is what I have to face, not a fight against all these
allegations but a fight to alleviate poverty in the life of every Filipino."
— Vice President Jejomar Binay on the real issue
he intends to solve if ever he wins in 2016
Binay said he will instead aim his attention at "sustainable and shared economic growth" through social and economic policies that meet halfway. But still, the irony of his statement...
"If they said, 'We erred. We had this opportunity to turn this country greater
as our father promised and it did not happen. We apologize. We want to
make amends.' That I think would have been very, very acceptable."
— President Benigno Aquino III on the Marcos family's
need to apologize for their misdeeds during their regime
Well, what do you expect? That's P-Noy talking, after all. He then noted that the government had already made amends with Martial Law victims with the enactment of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.
"I understand her (Cecile Ongpauco) sentiments. I only met
her maybe a month ago, samantalang 'yun matagal na
niyang kilala at mentor niya [ay] si Sen. Miriam."
— Sen. Grace Poe on running mate Sen. Chiz Escudero's
mother-in-law supporting Miriam for president
While she thinks the feisty Senator Miriam is very much qualified, Poe believes that it is still the people who will decide who they will vote for. But, isn't this a bit showbiz?