Roxas still 2010 LP bet

Thursday, January 3, 2008 | posted in , , , , , , | 0 comments

THE LIBERAL PARTY, one of two resurgent political groups hoping to capture the presidency of the Philippines, appears unprepared to accept deposed president Joseph Estrada as the anti-Arroyo forces' common standard-bearer in 2010.

Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada, a member of the LP national executive council and chairman of the House committee on human rights, said the second oldest existing political party in the country already had a presidential candidate who could restore trust in the government.

Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffino Rozzano Biazon, another LP leader in the House and vice chair of the committee on national defense, said he did not expect the party to back away from its plan to field its own presidential candidate two years from now.

"If President Erap [Estrada] is given the green light by the Supreme Court considering the constitutional issues, then we should respect his decision if he decides to run. It's premature to talk about possible scenarios," Tañada said of the nascent proposal that anti-Arroyo presidential hopefuls rally behind Estrada.

"Maybe one way to unite the country and move forward is to look beyond who is the opposition or administration candidate but who is the better candidate for the country. We have a candidate in the LP who we believe can unite and move this country forward," he said.

The LP has elected Sen. Manuel Roxas II--who received the highest number of votes in the 2004 senatorial election--as its president. He has also been chosen the party's standard-bearer in 2010.


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