Press Release
January 22, 2010


Liberal Party President Senator Mar Roxas today said he is confident that LP standard-bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's commitment to clean, honest and no-nonsense governance will convince Visayans to vote for him in May 2010.

"Hinahamon natin ang administrasyon: ang mga Bisaya mismo ang subukan nilang kumbinsihin, hindi lang ang mga pulitiko sa Bisaya (Our challenge to the administration, go and try to convince the Visayan people themselves to support them, not just the political leaders there)," he said.

"Ang mga nasa poder, may kani-kaniyang manok. Pero alam natin na ang lahat ng Pilipino-lahat ng taga-Visayas�kaisa natin sa laban para sa tuwid at tapat na gobyerno (Those in power have put their money on their chosen bets. But we know that all Filipinos-all Visayans-are united in this fight for clean and honest governance)," he said.

Roxas, who hails from the Visayas, declared that all Filipinos-despite differences in ethnicity, religion or social standing-are all united for real, transformative change in the country.

"Ang Kabisayaan, hindi balwarte ng iilan kundi tahanan ng taumbayang naghahangad ng tunay na pagbabago (Visayas is not a bailiwick of a few but the home of people who are striving for meaningful change)," he added.

Together with LP Standard-Bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, Roxas will visit Cebu this weekend to attend to a series of Liberal Party assemblies in various towns in the said province. Emphasizing that only clean, honest and no-nonsense governance is capable of providing quality lives for the people, he said that the Aquino and the LP are offering a platform built on these principles. (SEE ATTACHED PLATFORM)

"We can create more quality jobs if we have a clean government. More investors will be enticed to do business here-in BPO, exporting, agribusiness and other industries-if they know that the government is serious in eliminating corruption," he said. Roxas is the recognized "Father of the BPO and Call Center Industries," who spearheaded the industry which now provides hundreds of thousands of quality jobs in the country, more than 50,000 of which are in Cebu. Iloilo is now also among the new BPO hotspots.

He also said Visayan farmers stand to gain from honest and clean governance. He said proper support and funding do not reach farmers because of massive corruption and bankrupt policies. "Tatanggalin natin ang mga Joc-Joc Bolante na nagnanakaw ng pondong para dapat sa mga magsasaka (We will remove the Joc-Joc Bolantes who steal funds allotted for farmers)."

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