Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan
31 July 2015

President Benigno S. Aquino III officially declared Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the Liberal Party’s (LP) standard bearer for the presidency in the May 2016 national election during “A Gathering of Friends” event held at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan.

The historic building served as venue for the inauguration of President Corazon Aquino on 25 February 1986 at the height of People Power Revolution. Club Filipino was also the place where her son, then Senator Noynoy, announced his decision to run for the presidency back in 2009, heeding the public’s clamor following the death of Tita Cory.

President Aquino lauded the integrity and capability of Secretary Roxas in following through the ‘Daang Matuwid’ which was paved by President Aquino’s administration. The President also urged LP to double their efforts in introducing their party’s standard bearer to the voting public.

“Malinaw po kung sino sa mga pagpipilian ang tunay at karapat-dapat nating maging susunod na pinuno. At kung mababa man ang kanyang mga numero sa ngayon, ibig sabihin kailangan pa nating paghusayan ang pagpapakilala sa kanya. Tinatawag na naman po tayong patunayan na ‘The Filipino is worth fighting for.’ Dahil ang tunay na mahalaga, kailangan paghirapan. Kailangang ipaglaban,” the President said in his speech.

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