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Roxas is the standard bearer of LP in 2010, Drilon says

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
November 19, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Senator Mar Roxas will be standard bearer of the Liberal Party come 2010. This was the pronouncement of former Senate President Franklin Drilon in a press conference with the local media here on November 15.

Philippine Senator Mar Roxas
Senator Mar Roxas

Sen. Drilon, who is the current president of the Liberal Party said that the party which one of the oldest political parties in the country, will have its annual meeting on November 26, 2007 during which, Senator Roxas will be surely elected as the new President of the party and will be formally proclaimed as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2010 elections.

Drilon who was in town to keynote the first Government Accountants’ Forum and to attend the 45th Anniversary of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Tacloban Chapter held at the Kanhuraw Convention Center, said that the country needs a strong party and so the move is to revitalize the Liberal Party and with Sen. Mar Roxas as the standard bearer, the Liberal Party will present a solid good governance platform.

Senator Roxas is the unanimous choice of the party, there are no other candidates for President from the party, Drilon said. He however could not say who the running mate of Senator Roxas will be. The party will decide on that in the near future, Drilon who reliable sources say will run again as Senator in the 2010 election, intimated.

Drilon said that he foresees a three or four cornered fight in the coming Presidential elections. He however declined to name the names of the would-be candidates. Again reliable sources informed that very soon, the Nacionalista Party which is also one of the oldest parties in the country will have its convention in the near future and will proclaim Senate President Manny Villar as its standard bearer in the forthcoming 2010 presidential elections.

The Liberal Party, as a political party will present a solid platform based on good governance, the former Senate President declared saying that the problem today is that there is too much distrust and doubt in the government. The Liberal Party will therefore present a strong platform that will endeavor to win the confidence and trust in the government.

For the government to be truly effective, it needs the trust and confidence of the people, Drilon added. It would be recalled that the former Senate President who was once a political ally of the Administration, joined the call for the current President to resign amid the Garci scandal.

Asked if the party will be supported by former President Estrada on the presidential bid of Senator Roxas who is the scion of a family of politicians and one of the richest clans in the country, former Senate President Drilon refused to give categorical answer.

He however, lamented that most of the political parties in the country today, are personality based and not on principles as when the country has only two political parties.

Asked if it is rather early to start the presidential campaign, Drilon said that whether we like it or not, the would be presidential candidate should start by this time, otherwise, the people will not be given the chance to really know the candidate and the presidential candidate will not have the chance to really go around the country to present his platform.