LP welcomes 181 new members

Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – A total of 181 congressmen, governors and other local government officials took their oath as new members of the Liberal Party at the LP national headquarters in Balai Cubao, Quezon City on Monday.

The oath taking of the new LP members was administered by House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Senate President Franklin Drilon, Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya. The ceremony was witnessed by the ruling party's standard bearer, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

In his speech, Roxas promised the new members all out support from the party in the coming elections.

"Noong ipaglalaban natin kung ano ang tama, nandiyan ang ating partido at kabahagi kayo ng laban na ito," he said.

"Hindi natinag, hindi tumiklop ang pinanghahawakan nating prinsipyo," he added.

Roxas said the LP is fighting for what is right, for the interest of the Filipino people, and for continued progress of the country.

As in previous speeches, Roxas said that the LP will continue the ''Daang Matuwid'' governance started by President Benigno Aquino III.

"Sa laban na ito, ipinaglalaban natin kung ano ang tama, ang kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan, ang pag-usbong ng ating bansa," Roxas said.

"Itutuloy natin ang magandang nasimulan na ni Pangulong PNoy. Walang atrasan; Tuloy ang Daang Matuwid!''

Belmonte, meanwhile, urged fellow LP members to help their standard bearer win in the coming elections.

In an ambush interview, Roxas said that he is happy and satisfied with the LP's search for vice presidential candidate. He, however, did not clarify if he has accepted several LP stalwarts' proposal to start looking for other vice presidential candidates other than Sen. Grace Poe.

CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS BACK MAR

Also on Monday, more than a thousand members of different civil society organizations, public and private sectors and volunteers gathered at the UP Bahay ng Alumni to endorse the candidacy of Roxas.

The groups also unveiled their campaign slogan for Roxas called ''Bet Ko Si Mar''.

Members and leaders of the civil society organizations said they see Roxas as the best leader to expand and defend President Aquino's ''Daang Matuwid''.

In his speech, Roxas said that he was overwhelmed with the show of support.

He promised to continue the Aquino's advocacy, among them are ensuring equality and fairness in the distribution of funds, making opportunities easily accessible for the people, continuation of policies for good governance, and zero tolerance for corruption.

Roxas said a leader should be clean, honest and incorruptible so that everybody will follow.

He said that enemies of the Daang Matuwid are those who want to go back to the old ways of corruption, incompetence and selfish interests.