BAGUIO CITY – Former Interior Sec. Mar Roxas and Rep. Leni Robredo got a head start of the competition in Baguio City with their simultaneous proclamation in the city courtesy of the local Liberal Party (LP).
Last February 9, the Baguio chapter of the LP, headed by chairman and Baguio Rep. NIcasio M. Aliping Jr., started the campaign for national candidates moments after the blessing of the LP headquarters at the 3rd Road of Quezon Hill.
In attendance during the event were graduates of the local Basic Orientation on Liberal Democracy (BOLD), barangay officials, politicians, members of the Muslim community in Baguio, businessmen, and members of the city LP numbering about 1,000.
“It is very heartening to see all of your today,” Rep. Aliping told the crowd adding that if their numbers were to be the gauge of the elections in Baguio, then the tandem of Roxas and Robredo would be a sure win.
“I also want to clarify that we are not campaigning for ourselves because we can only do so on March 26 but we are here to introduce to you the entire line-up of national candidates of the Liberal Party,” Rep. added.
Aliping together with the Baguio slate were on hand to introduce the national candidates.
Aliping, being the head of the local LP, introduced Roxas, who was being proclaimed in his hometown of Roxas City where the entire campaign of the party kicked off.
Councilor Isabelo “Poppo” Cosalan, who is a candidate for vice mayor, on the other hand introduced Robredo, the widow of former DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo.
Meanwhile, Baguio Councilors Joel Alangsab and Leandro Yangot together with council candidates Joseph Cabato, Engr. Jun Orca, lawyer Ron Perez, Rudy Paraan, architect Maylen Yaranon, and Art Allad-iw presented the credentials of the LP senatorial slate comprising of Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senate Pro-tempore Ralph Recto, Senator Teofisto Guingona III, former senator and ex-food czar Francis Pangilinan, former senator Panfilo Lacson, outgoing Justice Sec. Leila de Lima, ex-Energy Sec. Jericho Petilla, outgoing TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva, TIEZA chief operating officer Mark Lapid, PhilHealth Director Risa Hontiveros, COOP NatCCO party list Rep. Cresente Paez, and DILG Assistant Sec. for Muslim Affairs Nariman Ambolodto.
The local LP is already doing the rounds in the city to introduce the national candidates especially through barangay consultations and caucuses.
Rep. Aliping added, “get to know your candidates for the national position, join our consultations and caucuses or you can organize one for your community by simply contacting the Congressional Office at City Hall to schedule one.”/Carl C. Taawan