Mar-Leni proclamation rally in Agusan del Sur draws thousands

Mar-Leni proclamation rally in Agusan del Sur draws thousands

BUTUAN CITY — The proclamation rally of the Liberal Party presidential and vice presidential candidates Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo drew thousands upon thousands of attendees, coming from the six municipalities and a city of the first District of Agusan del Sur on Monday evening.

The rally participants came from the towns of Talacogon, San Luis, the capital town of Prosperidad, Sibagat and Esperanza and the City of Bayugan which was the host of the event.

Those who attended started coming in droves from the municipalities mentioned as early as 2:00 p.m. and converged at the city plaza fronting the city hall and the makeshift stage at the other side of the national highway.

Thousands of Liberal Party supporters gather in front of the Bayugan City Hall to witness one of the biggest Liberal Party proclamation rallies in Mindanao on Monday (April 4, 2016) held at Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. (PNA photo by Oliver Marquez)
Thousands of Liberal Party supporters gather in front of the Bayugan City Hall to witness one of the biggest Liberal Party proclamation rallies in Mindanao on Monday (April 4, 2016) held at Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.  Oliver Marquez / PNA

Towards the evening, the vicinities of the nearby cathedral, the city hall, a large Catholic school and those fronting the business establishments were filled with rally participants that the authorities had to close the portion of the national highway and to reroute the traffic.

Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza who arrived with the party on board a chopper had estimated the crowd to be from 20,000 to 25,000; based on an aerial view estimate.

Roxas, Robredo and party came from another mammoth proclamation rally of the Second District of the province held earlier at the town of San Francisco.

The local candidates, most of them running unopposed, were proclaimed by Roxas and Robredo.

In her message, Robredo recounted how she hesitantly entered politics from being a Public Attorney Office (PAO) lawyer, until she became the counsel of the poor, the farmers, the fisherfolk and other clients who could not afford private legal services, while assisting her late husband who was a public servant at the time.

But when a plane crash suddenly took the life of her husband at 54, she opted to apply for the judiciary. However, the political party of her late husband needed her, so she accepted its invitation, she said, thus, she is now up for another challenging role.

Robredo said she could not offer much promises. But as what she did during her stint as a legislator, she will continue to assist the President in the pursuit of the “Daang Matuwid” (straight path) of this administration.

Roxas, for his part, thanked the locals for the warm welcome afforded them. “The campaign trail is still long, tedious, lonely and exhausting. But I and my party could always look back to this day and seek our strength on the thought on what you and your leaders had shown to us this evening,” Roxas said.

He went on to discuss before the mammoth crowd the pursuit of the “Daang Matuwid” which includes cheaper and available medicines, universal health coverage, more poverty alleviation programs such as the 4Ps, better agricultural programs and infrastructures, educational programs, the pursuit of good governance and the fight against graft and corruption which this administration had already started and in placed.

Roxas and party then flew right after to the City of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte for another sortie. Noel Najarro / PNA / northboundasia.com