Noynoy-Roxas to file CoCs Saturday

November 27, 2009 2:53 pm 

By Mediatrix P. Cristobal

MANILA, Nov 27 — Liberal Party standard bearers Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II will file their certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tomorrow (November 28) as the party’s official Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates, respectively, for the 2010 national elections.

“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating laban. Sama-sama tayo, haharapin natin ang bagong bukas (Our fight moves on together to face a new tomorrow),” Roxas, the Liberal Party president, said.

Aquino and Roxas will file their CoCs along with the party’s senatorial candidates – former Senate President Franklin Drilon, former Socioeconomic Planning Sec. Ralph Recto, Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano “Ruffy” Biazon, Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto “TG” Guingona, former Bukidnon Rep. Nereus “Neric” Acosta and guest candidates Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel and Sonia Roco of Aksyon Demokratiko.

Detained Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim had filed his CoC on Friday, saying he would run as an independent but would be an “adopted” candidate of the Liberal Party. Lim, who is detained at the Camp Crame Custodial Center for coup charges, was escorted by several policemen.

A short program will be held infront of the Comelec office in Intramuros, where Aquino, Roxas and the senatorial bets are expected to deliver short messages before their supporters.

Aquino and Roxas have been the frontrunner in all presidential and vice presidential surveys conducted by reputable polling organizations.

The strong showing of the tandem and their platform anchored on good governance and reforms have drawn in new members to the Liberal Party, among them are Aquino’s girlfriend, Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad, Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, actors Richard Gomez and Cesar Montano.

Others who have defected to the party were Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonn” Belmonte and Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista; Caloocan City Mayor Enrico “Recom” Echiverri; former Senator Joey Lina; Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio; Gingoog, Misamis Oriental Mayor Ruthie Guingona; Pasay City Vice Mayor Antonio Calixto and former Laguna Vice Governor Edwin Olivares.

Pangasinan Rep. Victor Agbayani; North Cotabato Rep. Bernardo Piñol, Jr.; Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza ng Pangasinan; Cavite Gov. Erineo "Ayong" Malicsi; Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) of Cebu; and hundreds of local executives nationwide have also joined the party. (PNA)V3/MPC

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