Opposing candidates in Bacolod City and their supporters in red and yellow uniforms joined the grand rally of the Liberal Party at the Paglaum Sports Stadium in Bacolod City yesterday.
Supporters of Grupo Progreso led by Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, who came in red shirts, and those of MKK Partido Bacolod led by Mayor Monico Puentevella, who wore yellow and blue shirts, cheered every time their leaders were acknowledged by LP candidates during the political rally.
Senator Franklin Drilon yesterday pledged to help make Bacolod as progressive and beautiful like what he did in Iloilo City if he will be re-elected and if Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, Liberal Party presidential and vice presidential candidates, respectively, will be elected.
At the rally attended by close to 5,000 people, Drilon, suggested to Leonardia and Puentevella to find a way to put up a Bacolod Business Center in the 23-hectare old Bacolod airport, maybe through a joint venture, in order to provide employment to the people.
He promised to help Bacolod realize the project like what he did in lloilo.
“We will only be able to help if we will continue the policy of President Benigno Aquino lll for a clean government and clean governance, or “Daang Matuwid,” he said.
Drilon said he had provided P73 million for a new tower in the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital compound where his brother Dr. Julius Drilon is chief of hospital, and had also put up over 85 schools in Bacolod to help children have better education.
Under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the government is providing P1.7 billion per year for the people of Negros and this should be continued. However, if Roxas and Robredo will not be elected, the 4Ps program may not be continued by the next president, he said.
Drilon thanked the people of Bacolod for making him number one in the 2010 elections, while he was number three in the whole Negros.
He said Roxas wants Negros to have a representative in Malacañang.
“We have to bring Roxas and Robredo to Malacañang not only because he is from Negros but because he and Robredo deserve to serve our country. Roxas has integrity and competence in governance,” Drilon added.
Meanwhile, Roxas acknowledged Leonardia during his speech and also mentioned Puentevella.
His mother is from Bago and Bacolod while his father is from Passi, he said, adding that he has Negrense blood.
Roxas said it pains him when two people he loves have a little misunderstandings, referring to Leonardia and Puentevella. But even if there is a little misunderstanding between them, they are still pushing for good governance or “daang matuwid” because of their concern for the good of Bacolod and Negros.
Robredo said Leonardia and her husband, Jessie Robredo, were good friends and they had been together in the Mayor's League.
The crowd were also entertained by Jett Pangan of the Dawn with a song titled “Salamat.”*CGS
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