ILOILO City – President Benigno Aquino III will lead this afternoon’s grand rally of the local Liberal Party (LP) at Plazoleta Gay in the City Proper.
The rally is finally pushing through more than a month after it was cancelled.
It was originally scheduled on March 28 but had to be moved to a later date due to a scheduling conflict; that day, the President graced the kick-off campaign rally of the party’s local candidates in the city of Manila.
The President is expected to arrive in Iloilo around 3:30 p.m. He will be welcomed by Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., Iloilo City’s Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Cong. Jerry Treñas.
Some 30,000 LP supporters are expected to attend the rally, Treñas tsaid..
Plazoleta Gay, a major downtown intersection, can hold a crowd as big as this, he explained.
LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas is attending the rally, too, with his running mate Cong. Leni Robredo and their 12 candidates for senator led by reelectionist Senate president Franklin Drilon.
This is the second time that the President, Roxas, Robredo, and their Senate slate are campaigning together in Iloilo City. The first was when the LP kicked off its nationwide campaign here on Feb. 9 at the Freedom Grandstand. The Iloilo City Police Office’s Police Precinct 1 estimated the crowd at 30,000.
Treñas is encouraging the “silent majority” and voters who have yet to decide who to vote on May 9 to attend the grand rally.
Roxas has been struggling in the surveys but in the latest Pulse Asia survey released Friday last week, he got a 20-percent voter preference, statistically tied with rival Sen. Grace Poe who had 22 percent.
Today, Roxas is expected to urge his supporters to continue to campaign for him and Robredo.
In the final presidential debate on April 24, he urged supporters to convince the undecided to “rally to our cause.”
“Katukin natin. Kausapin natin. Kumbinsihin natin ang ating mga kamag-anak, ang ating kakilala, mga kaibigan, mga katrabaho. Dalhin natin sa kanila ang magandang balita na kinalalagyan na natin ngayon. Huwag kayong matatakot. Let our voice be heard. This is the good fight. This is a fight for decency, for honesty, for our future,” he said.
Western Visayan votes will cover the LP standard bearer’s “deficit votes” in other areas on election day, said Drilon in a previous interview.
Emphasizing the advances made by the Aquino administration in the last six years, Roxas is campaigning on the theme of continuity. But because the government also has its share of shortcomings, such strategy is also hobbling his campaign.
He lamented, “Every Filipino deserves more, and that is what is at the root of our frustration. Ang iba gagamitin ang ating frustration para lokohin tayo, para makalimutan natin na malayo ang narating natin, para makalimutan natin kung sino tayo bilang Pilipino, para makalimutan natin na ang tunay at makabuluhang pagbabago [ay] hindi nakakamit sa paninisi, sa pang-iinsulto o sa pang-soundbitelamang. Nangyayari ito dahil tinatrabaho, and this is what the elections have come down to — the talkers versus the doers. Those that bring out the worst in us versus those that bring out the best in us; those‘yung mga susunugin lahat ng pinaghirapan natin, kontra doon sa mga magdidilig at magbabantay sa mga itinanim natin.” – Philippines Report
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