Drilon sees 80% of Laguna voters to support Team PNoy

April 5, 2013 10:20 pm 

STA. CRUZ, Laguna, April 5 – Team PNoy campaign manager Senator Franklin Drilon on Friday expressed optimism that the ruling coalition candidates will get 80 percent support from the Laguna electorate despite incumbent Gov. Emilio Ramon ‘ER’ Ejercito's support to opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

”The governor of Laguna is from UNA, but the President of the country is from Team PNoy,” Drilon said in media interview after a campaign rally at the Sta. Cruz open plaza.

”And that’s why I think Laguna loves the President so much and Team PNoy has a good chance here, 80 percent– the support for Team PNoy. That’s why I believe we will win here in May,” Drilon added.

Drilon also believed that the endorsement of President Aquino to Liberal Party gubernatorial candidate Egay San Luis wound propel victory of the son of former long-time serving Laguna Gov. Felicisimo San Luis as next governor of Laguna.

”President Aquino covers the entire country and I’m sure that kind of endorsement will go a long way in a bringing incumbent congressman Edgar ‘Egay’ San Luis to the finish line,” Drilon said.

Drilon, however, refused to give forecast on whether Team PNoy will get 12-0 victory in Laguna.

”We are still working on that. We are not giving up, as of now 9-3 (in the surveys). We still have one month left, we can still do many things to make Team PNoy formidable,” Drilon said.

Drilon accompanied President Aquino who endorsed the local LP candidates and the Team PNoy senatorial bets although only reelectionist senator Loren Legarda, Jamby Madrigal and Risa Hontiveros attended the Sta. Cruz campaign rally.

In his speech, San Luis thanked the President for coming out with infrastructure project that would prevent flooding in the area, including Sta. Cruz, near the Laguna de Bay.

San Luis also lauded the President for showing his sincerity in pushing the ‘Tuwid na Daan’ (straight) policy in the implementation of infrastructure projects not only in Sta. Cruz but throughout Laguna.

”I would like to take this opportunity to thank our President. Rest assured Mr. President that we will join you in the real straight path,” San Luis said.

San Luis became emotional as he recalled how both his father and President Aquino’s father, the late senator Benigno Ninoy Aquino, stood side by side 45 years ago on the stage he was now standing together with President Aquino.

”It’s the same stage where former Senator Ninoy used to campaign together with my father,” said San Luis.

San Luis’ father, deemed as the “Father of Agro-Industrial Development of Laguna”, died on December 18, 1992 or nine years after Ninoy Aquino was assassinated in August 21, 1983.

After the Sta. Cruz sortie, President Aquino and the Team PNoy entourage traveled to Calamba City for an afternoon campaign rally where senatorial Jun Magsaysay and Sonny Angara showed up to woo the Laguna voters.

Former congresswoman Cynthia Villar was represented by her daughter Camille for the first time since the campaign period started last February 12.

In a media interview, Camille said she is planning to join next week's campaign sorties before leaving for Spain to pursue her studies.

Bam Aquino was also represented by his wife Timmy who promised to Laguna people her husband’s determination to create more jobs through small and medium enterprises.

As she promised, Legarda campaign for Madrigal and Hontiveros who remain out of the winning column in the previous senatorial surveys.

Madrigal belittled the results of the surveys, saying “the real survey is on the election day.”

”In 2004, I was also out of the winning circle but I still won as No. 4 senator,” said Madrigal, who was then endorsed by actress Judy Ann Santos. (PNA)

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