Tarlac leaders vow to stop electing Aquinos: “Never again to [an] Aquino in public service"

In an article of Inquirer published on August 2017, Mayor Benjamin Tesoro said that political leaders in Tarlac City would block any member of the Aquino clan who would seek any positions in the upcoming 2019 election.
REMEMBERING NINOYStudents pay tribute to slain former Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. during the commemoration of his 34th death anniversary in San Manuel town in Tarlac province. / Mayor Benjamin Tesoro—WILLIE LOMIBAO

Never again to an Aquino

Never again to [an] Aquino in public service,” Tesoro said in a speech during the program commemorating the 34th anniversary of the ass*ssination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

According to Tesoro, the decision was made during a meeting of the Nationalist People’s Coalition in Paniqui town in Tarlac when they found out in the news that Kris Aquino, daughter of the late senator would run for Tarlac governor, and Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV would run for president.

Everyone who attended that meeting did not like [the Aquinos] anymore because after many years that they have been in power, nothing [beneficial] happened to Tarlac,” said Tesoro, referring to the administration of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

If there are improvements in my town, it’s because we worked hard for these. Only Concepcion [town] benefited from Noynoy,” Tesoro said.

Concepcion, the late senator’s birth place, was more appreciative of the Aquinos during the commemoration of Aquino’s ass*ssination at the tarmac of Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983.

Still yellows

Yellow still means we are brave, it means we are watching,” said Emilio Martin Enciso, 16, grandson of the late Sen. Agapito “Butz” Aquino who was guest speaker there.

Yellow ribbons filled the Concepcion municipal quadrangle. People attended the program dressed in yellow.

I have always believed that charity starts at home. But this did not happen in Tarlac,” Tesoro said.

Mayor Tesoro also expressed his disappointment that Noynoy did not attend the town’s commemorative program for his father. Tesoro said this was the second time that he invited Noynoy to his town.
Former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III / Photo from ABS-CBN

He said Ninoy Aquino was not being targeted for the shortcomings of his widow, former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, and his son, Noynoy, and other Aquinos who served the government.

Ninoy was different. His passion to serve Tarlac, the country and the Filipino people was different. And I am personal witness to that. He had a comfortable life but he chose to sacrifice for the people,” he said.

Tesoro served as Ninoy’s youth coordinator in the Senate before he joined the Philippine Military Academy, where he graduated in 1975.

During the program, Tesoro’s daughter, Vice Mayor Cresencia Tesoro, read Noynoy’s message, which was emailed to her. Noynoy thanked the town residents for remembering his father on his death anniversary.

Up to date, it was only Sen. Bam Aquino who would run for senator in 2019. 

Source: Inquirer
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