Aquino: Stick with 'Daang Matuwid' after 2016

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III told members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to stick with the "Daang Matuwid" beyond 2016 to fully achieve long-term reforms in the agency.

On Wednesday, July 1, Aquino said his government is pushing for PAF Flight Plan 2028 to transform the air force, which he says was left "grounded" due to corruption and poor governance in the past.

This program, however, will span 3 presidents. Aquino only has 364 remaining days in office. (READ: The shopping list: Status of PH military's modernization)

"Ibig sabihin, kung gusto nating makitang magtagumpay ang planong ito, kailangang tuloy-tuloy ang pagpanig natin sa Daang Matuwid; oras nga po na lumihis tayo mula rito, pihadong mauudlot ang pagsagad ninyo sa positibong pagbabagong ating nasimulan," Aquino said in his speech during PAF's 68th founding anniversary.

(This means, if you want this plan to succeed, we have to continually side with the Straight Path. Once we stray from this, all the positive gains that we have started will surely go to waste.)

“Daang Matuwid” (Straight path) is the Aquino administration’s tagline for its anti-corruption and transparency agenda.

It's also evolving into a campaign theme for Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, who is being groomed by the Liberal Party as its standard-bearer in 2016.

LP expects Aquino to endorse Roxas. 

But he remains lagging in surveys. In the recent Pulse Asia survey, he came in third after Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay, both possible contenders in 2016.

Roxas, in several interviews, echoed Aquino’s exact sentiment, saying he wants to continue the President’s reforms. 

The President said he will announce his choice after his last State of the Nation Address end of July. –


Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email