Press Release
April 12, 2007

Villar steps up campaign bid in Cagayan de Oro City

Invigorated anew by the latest Pulse Asia senatorial survey which ranked him second among senatorial bets, reelectionist Senate President Manny Villar stepped up his campaign in Cagayan de Oro City.

In the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted on April 3 to 5 among 1,800 respondents, Villar placed second among senatorial candidates, rising from the sixth rank and gaining 13.9 percentage points.

Villar, guest candidate of the Genuine Opposition and president of the Nacionalista Party, paid a visit to Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, vice-president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, who stressed that worthy candidates should have three Cs: conscience, confidence and commitment.

The Senate President said the Filipino voters have increased in maturity over time in selecting their public officials and senators, and will eventually enlist their choices according to their conscience and better judgment, guided by the teachings of the church.

Our electorate will be the one to judge the worthiness of candidates, Villar said, with the firm belief that he himself possesses the three Cs as shown by his track record.

Villar recognized the archbishops significant contributions in the peace process in Mindanao as convenor of groups and institutions called the Kalinaw Mindanao Network, a coalition of peace advocates in Mindanao composed of representatives from the academe, church, government, non-government organizations, media, and the business sector.

The Senate President also visited Cagayan de Oro City last month as guest of honor at the National Convention of Lawyers where he emphasized the importance of protecting civil liberties and democracy. He also made the rounds of public markets where he was warmly received by vendors and patrons.

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