PUERTO GALERA, MINDORO ORIENTAL - The Liberal Party (LP) leadership says political gimmicks are not their cup of tea.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who is also LP president on-leave, issued this statement here as he joined President Benigno Aquino III's visit to this island province.
According to Roxas, the President is always thinking of ways on how to better the lives of Filipinos.
"Lahat ng oras na kaharap ko ang Pangulo o nakakapag-usap ang Pangulo ay ang napag-uusapan ay yung mga projects, yung mataas na presyo ng bilihin, kung papano ipapababa, yung tulong para sa ating magsasaka yung mga imprastraktura. So yung Pangulo ay nakatutok doon sa talagang importanteng dapat pag-ukulan ng pansin," he said.
He said the people do not need an interpreter when the President says he is "listening to his bosses."
"Bakit kailangan pa natin ng interpreter? Ang linaw-linaw."
The strategy, according to Roxas, is diligence in public service.
He said they are trying to invest in good governance, which, he says, is the foundation of Liberal Party's good politics.
"Ang LP, ang Partidong LP, naniniwala na ang good service, good governance is good politics. Hindi kami namumulitika. Wala kaming ginagawa for politics' sake. Nakatutok kami sa mga trabaho namin at ang taong-bayan na ang titimbang kung tama ang ginagawa," he said.
He brushed aside concerns raised at a protest held Thursday by church members and critics of the Aquino administration in Lipa City, Batangas.
Church and political leaders joined Thursday's protest called "A call for transformation," and demanded the resignation of government officials who failed to uplift the lives of Filipinos.
Among those who attended were former Senator Francisco Tatad, former Chief Justice Renato Corona and Bishop Ramon Arguelles.
"Well ah, opposition naman itong mga taong ito. Wala naman silang masabing positive na kahit ano na ginawa ng ating Pangulo. Pero ganun pa man ay boss pa rin sila. Kasama pa rin sila sa kabuuang boss na mga mamamayang Pilipino. So nandyan din yan. Kabahagi din yan," he said.
He said there are still more Filipinos who continue to support the leadership of President Aquino.