Press Release
April 22, 2010

Aquino, Roxas intensify campaign as election nears

Liberal Party (LP) standard bearers Senator Benigno S. Aquino III and Senator Mar Roxas II will rev up their campaign as the May 10 elections near.

As such, the LP bets also vowed not to be distracted by black propaganda by the 'Villaroyo' coalition of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Nacionalista Party presidential bet Senator Manuel Villar. "Itutuloy natin ang laban upang makamit ng ating mga kababayan ang inaasam na pagbabago (We will continue the fight so that people will get the much-needed reform and change that they want)," Roxas said.

"We will not get distracted by smear jobs," he said, as he noted that at the campaign trail, the LP tandem has been barraged by black propaganda that included a fake psychiatric report of Aquino, among others.

The LP tandem said they will intensify their campaign to reach more people with their message of good governance and providing cheaper medicines, better education, and economic growth.

Roxas had promised to make sure that all Filipinos will be covered by mandatory health insurance under Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) by 2013. The LP tandem also vowed to curb graft and corruption in government, which will lead to more funds to be used for modernizing the education and creating more jobs.

Roxas said the party is banking on outpouring of support from various sectors and defectors from other camps as a result of positive campaigning that would propel the LP candidates to victory.

Recently, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda bolted the administration party to support the candidacy of Aquino and Roxas, whom the official said could bring about change in the country.

Likewise, six national unions affiliated with the Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center have formed an umbrella group and called themselves the Workers for Aquino and Roxas. The groups included the Philippine Association of Free Labor Unions, Alliance of Filipino Workers, Union of Filipino Workers, Construction Workers Solidarity, Workers Welfare Watch-Philippines, Ladies Garments Textile Workers Welfare Association and the National Labor Union.

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