Press Release
February 4, 2010

Comelec junks disqualification cases vs Aquino, Roxas

The Liberal Party is all geared up for the kick-off of the official campaign period for the May 10 national and local elections, especially following the decision of the Commission on Elections to dismiss the disqualification complaints lodged against LP standard bearers Senators Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas.

The Comelec First Division has dismissed due to lack of merit the complaint filed in December by lawyer Ely Pamatong, who had claimed Aquino and Roxas should be disqualified for airing infomercials prior their filing of certificates of candidacies for president and vice president, respectively, which he claimed was a ground for premature campaigning.

The poll body also ruled Aquino and Roxas were capable of launching a national campaign through the Liberal Party, one of the oldest political parties in the country, contrary to the claims made by Pamatong.

"It's all systems go for the May 10 elections. Handang-handa na ang Partido Liberal para sa paparating na kampanya sa susunod na linggo. Tuloy-tuloy ang ating laban para sa pagbabago at maayos na gobyerno (The Liberal Party is ready for the official campaign period next week. There is no stopping our fight for reforms and good governance)," said Roxas, who is the president of the Liberal Party.

Aquino and Roxas, along with the LP's "People's Reform" senatorial candidates will kick-off their campaign in Tarlac, the home province of Aquino. The senatorial ticket - which has the acronym SLAMAT LORRRD - includes LP chairman and former Senate President Franklin Drilon, Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon, Bukidnon Rep. Teofisto "TG" Guingona, former Bukidnon Rep. Nereus 'Neric" Acosta, Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, former National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief Ralph Recto, Sonia Roco of Aksyon Demokratiko, detained Brig. Gen. Danny Lim, lawyer Alex Lacson, Dr. Martin Bautista and women's right advocate Yasmin Busran Lao.

Aquino and Roxas have been leading in all pre-election surveys conducted by credible polling firms, among them the Social Weather Stations (SWS), the Pulse Asia and the firm of pollster Pedro Laylo Jr. who conducts the surveys for the Manila Standard Today.

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