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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, April 15, 2016
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Guv joins show of
force for LP tandem

Negros Occidental officials led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday joined a show of force for Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo at a gathering dubbed "Sama-sama at Tuloy-tuloy sa Daang Matuwid (unite and continue on the straight path at the Club Filipino in Manila.

About 10 Cabinet members, 164 congressmen, 45 governors and 65 mayors from around the country joined the affair as a show of force for the LP tandem, whose survey ratings have been lagging behind.

The latest Pulse Asia survey placed Roxas in fourth place in the race for the presidency and Robredo in second place among the vice presidential bets.

But Roxas told the upbeat crowd that formed a sea of yellow yesterday: "We will win because we are not corrupt. We will win because we do not act like a dictator. We will win because we are Filipinos."

Marañon said the survey ratings are not what will decide the outcome of the polls. He said the Roxas-Robredo tandem has a nationwide machinery behind them that will ensure their victory, unlike their opponents.

The Negros Occidental governor was among the officials who publicly pledged their support and assured that votes will be delivered for the LP tandem at the Club Filipino affair.

The Ilonggo-speaking people will rally for our beloved President Mar Roxas, he said.

Roxas' mother Judy Araneta Roxas is from Negros Occidental.

Marañon said Roxas will win on May 9 not only because he has a machinery behind him but because he is the best and sane option to continue to move the country forward.

He said presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte is dangerous for the country, citing his vow to kill criminals with no regard for human life and his disrespect for women.

We are upbeat and certain of a Roxas victory because he is sincere in his pledge to serve the country and will not steal from the coffers of government, Marañon added.

Among the Negros Occidental mayors who joined him at Club Filipino were Juliet Ferrer of La Carlota, Francis Palanca of Victorias, Oscar Montilla of Sipalay, Patrick Escalante of Cadiz, and Silay mayoral bet Marissa Montelibano, he said.

Also with them were Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (Neg. Occ., 2 nd District), Rep Alejandro Mirasol (Neg. Occ., 5 th District) and Bacolod congressional candidate Councilor Carl Lopez.*CPG



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