MANILA — Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has acknowledged the youth as the top beneficiaries of the programs under the “Daang Matuwid,” which inspired him to stand up for the administration’s unique principle of good governance.

“Kung ang kinabukasan ay ang kabataan, kung ang kinabukasan ng bayan ay kabataan, ang kinabukasan ng ating mga pamilya ay ang mga kabataan din,” Roxas told around 300 students from the University of the Visayas (UV) in Cebu City during a leadership seminar.

“Ang kausap ko dito ay ang kinabukasan ng Pilipinas. Sa ayaw at sa gusto ninyo, kayo ang susulat, kayo ang huhubog, kayo ang magpapanday ng kinabukasan ng ating bansa,” he added.

According to Roxas, the center of “Daang Matuwid” has always been every Filipino family, and his role as its standard-bearer kept him focused on how to deliver government services to alleviate poverty throughout the country.

“That is why we are saying now, imbis na ‘Palitan! Itigil! Ibagsak! Patalsikin!’, we are saying ‘Ituloy, Patibayin, Palawakin ang Daang Matuwid’ because nakita natin that these programs help so many families and help our nation move forward towards progress,” he emphasized.

Roxas also addressed the concerns of the UV students regarding education and employment.

“Para sa atin, sa Daang Matuwid, ibinibigay po namin para hawak-kamay po ninyo ang kapalaran,” he told the audience. “Hindi kailangang sumipsip kahit kanino. Hindi kailangang may kakilala, padrino, or konek. Dahil lamang sa inyong talino, dahil lamang sa inyong pagsisikap, dahil lamang sa inyong pagpupursige, makakaahon kayo.”

After the forum, Roxas proceeded to a meeting with Cebu Rep. Sam Gullas and several mayors to discuss his platforms of governance, as well as the current situation of the local government units in Cebu. His evident passion for helping Filipinos attain a better future impressed the local officials, who have pledged their solid support for him.

“I was very impressed even in the question-and-answer during the program as well as his talk with the mayors. He was not talking about politics. He was talking about development,” said former Deputy House Speaker Eddie Gullas, who was in the meeting. PNA