MANILA - Liberal Party leaders believe President Benigno Aquino's endorsement power can help push the candidacies of the party's senatorial bets and even achieve a 12-0 sweep in the May elections.
Rep. Miro Quimbo said people can identify with Aquino's platform of "daang matuwid."
"Mas malakas ang kakayanan ng Pangulo na mag-endorso ngayon. It's not because of his popularity but because of the clarity of his message," he said.
"[Dati] hindi pa ganoon kabigat 'yung dating, hindi masyadong ma-grasp. Pero right now, kitang-kita ng tao ang direksyon na 'yun at in fact nakikita nila ang pagbubunga na 'yun," he added.
Asked why the President has to refer to so-called "pretenders" or "riders" in his speeches, Quimbo said that the President wants to emphasize that he needs a Senate that will support the administration's measures and reforms.
"This is what I have done over the last there years. It is unfinished. There are many things that need to be done and I recognize that but to be able to finish that, I need to have a Senate that while critical is not obstructionist. Katulong, hindi tuta. Pero importante ay magiging kabahagi doon sa maraming bagay na gusto pa niyang gawin," he said.
The LP considers provinces that have more than a million votes as "battleground" places.
These include Cebu, Cavite, Pangasinan, Laguna, Bulacan, and islands such as Panay.
The LP is not bothered by the United Nationalist Alliance's (UNA) decision to hold its proclamation rally in vote-rich Cebu, saying the ruling party has a strong slate in the province that will help in its campaign.
"Practically all provinces are up for grabs. We will just see who has the better strategy in trying to pull more voters into their [respective] teams. Hindi ibig sabihin nauna ang Team UNA sa Cebu, sa kanila ang Cebu? Hindi. Malalakas po ang kandidato ng Team PNoy sa Cebu, sa provincial level at sa iba't ibang distrito ng Cebu na makakatulong sa Team PNoy," Rep. Erin Tañada said.
Asked why the LP decided to hold the proclamation rally at Plaza Miranda, a relatively smaller venue, Quimbo said it was chosen because of its "historical significance."
"Doon [umusbong] ang isang malaking event tungo sa pagbabago laban sa diktadura. Naniniwala kami na 'yung laban ngayon, bagamat hindi laban sa diktadura, ito'y laban na sa kahirapan at katiwalian," he said.
The LP thinks a 12-0 sweep in the May elections is possible.
Quimbo said that this may happen if the campaign will dwell on issues, platform, and the track record of the President.
"Wala naman bawal mangarap. We want it to happen. We hope it will happen. Sa tingin namin 'yung UNA naman, ganoon din ang pangarap nila, makuha nila ang 9-0," Tañada said.
"Naniniwala kami lalo na kung ang pag-uusapan-at kung aayon ang kabuuan ng kampanya doon sa ninanais namin na maging usapin ang plataporma, [ang] track record ng ating Pangulo, naniniwala kami na mas magiging madali o magiging mas possible ang 12-0," Quimbo said.