LP Hits Negros Campaign Trail

Silay City - The ruling Liberal Party (LP) started wooing the 1.6 million Negrense voters as it held rallies in three cities in the province yesterday.

Mar Roxas and Rep. Leni Robredo led the party’s 12 senatorial candidates who started with a rally at the Silay City Public Plaza that was attended by about 3,000 residents.

Before the rally, Roxas visited the First Farmers Milling Company in Brgy. Dos Hermanas, Talisay City where he showed the national media what he termed as “changing face of the sugar industry and Negros.”

“This sugar mill is owned by the sugar planters and not by the capitalists. The company’s 500 employees belong to a union and their rights are protected. The old image of workers in Negros who are oppressed is now erased,” he said.

Roxas traces his maternal roots to Negros whose family used to own two sugar mills in the province.

At the Silay City rally, Roxas introduced the senatorial candidates of the ruling party but did not talk about his platform of government.

He spent his time working the loudly cheering crowd composed mostly of women and senior citizens.

Roxas also kissed and hugged the women he pulled from the audience to the stage.

He also urged the crowd to display the Laban sign to show the “continuing fight for Daang Matuwid. and its gains.”

“Dito sa Negros, tulad ng ibang bahagi ng ating bansa, kitang kita nila, damang-dama nila ang pag-angat ng antas ng pamumuhay nila dito. ‘Yung mga trabaho na nalikha, ‘yung mga tulong na naibigay ng gobyerno,” he said in an ambush interview.

“Kasing tamis ng asukal ang pagtanggap sa atin ng ating mga kababayan dito sa Negros,” he added.

Despite the warm welcome, Roxas said he will not relent in campaigning “very hard” in the province.

“Hindi po basta-basta. Nakita naman ninyo na pinaliwanag ko kung anong ibig sabihin ng pagkasuot ng dilaw,” he said, referring to the party color of the LP.

Data from the Commission on Elections show that Negros Occidental is the third most vote-rich province next to Cebu and Pangasinan with 1,663,492 registered voters.

Bacolod has 274,541 voters, Bago City 90,792 voters, and Silay has 78,488 voters.*