• The decision to choose the next president is best left to the voters, said Senator Francis Escudero
  • Elections should not be monopolized by a select few
  • Escudero said he will not allow the country’s elite to control the course of politics in the country

Senator Francis Escudero said the decision to choose the next president is best left to the electorate and not to a select few.

The Bicolano senator’s statement was in reaction to the administration-friendly Liberal Party’s (LP) attempt to convince Senator Grace Poe, Escudero’s running mate, to join forces with LP bet Mar Roxas to stop Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a favorite to win in the May 9 elections, from becoming the next president.

GMA News Online said Escudero echoed Poe’s sentiment that elections should not be monopolized by a privileged few.

“Ang eleksyon dapat pinagpapasyahan ‘yan sa pagitan ng taumbayan at ng kanilang konsensya. Hindi po ‘yan dapat sinisindikato ng ilan lamang. Hindi po ibinibigay sa iisang tao lamang ang monopolya ng magandang intensyon para sa ating bansa,” he said.

[Elections are a matter to be decided upon between voters and their conscience. It should not be controlled by just a few. One person does not have the monopoly of good intentions for the country]

On May 6, President Benigno Aquino III admitted talking to other presidential candidates to convince them to unite behind LP’s Mar Roxas to stop survey front runner Mayor Duterte from winning the elections on May 9.

Escudero said he will not allow the country’s elite to continue to dictate the course of politics and elections in the country.

“Let the people decide because that’s the essence of democracy. On Election Day, we are all equal. We all have one vote, whether you are a President, a senator, a tricycle driver, or driver,” he said.

“Monday’s election gives the people the opportunity to send a clear message to those in government that they demand a much better government that is willing to listen and address the needs of every Filipino. We are urging all voters to use their vote wisely in this election and to be an advocate for the change, which we as a nation both want and deserve,” he added.