Liberal Party asks supporters to unite, defend democracy

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Liberal Party’s (LP) message in closing its campaign is clear: defend democracy and unite against survey frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte's perceived iron fist style.

Administration standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II is promising a brighter future by carrying out concrete plans and continuing programs already laid out the past six years.

"Kabastusan, walang takot sa Diyos, walang plano, puro soundbite lang! Komunismo! Marahas na kamay! Wala na ang rule of law. Kaya nandito tayo sinasariwa ang paninindigan na hindi iyon ang dapat para sa ating bansa kundi ang tapat, malinis, 'yan ang daang matuwid," said Roxas.

[Translation: Vulgarity, no fear of God, zero plans, all soundbite! Communism! Iron fist! There is no longer a rule of law. That's why we are here to revive our commitment that that is not what the country deserves, but something faithful, clean, that is the straight path.]

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The final campaign rally was held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, the same place where then Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III capped his 2010 presidential bid.

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Now, President Aquino is confident the party will again win the presidency. 

He then questioned Duterte's promise of change.

The president says the only change under a Duterte presidency is for the worse.

"Pagdating ng Lunes, pare-pareho lang tayo, ang boto ko isa lang ang bilang. Hindi ko kakayanin mag-isa na maniguradong hindi bumalik ang lagim sa bayan, kailangan ko kayong lahat... Kailangan kong puntahan ninyo ang mga kapatid na baka nahihilo pa o naliligaw," said Mr. Aquino.

[Translation: Come Monday, we are just equal, my vote will be counted as one. Alone, I cannot be assured that terror in the country will not return, I need all of you... I need you to go to your brothers and sisters who may still be confused or lost.] 


In the meantime, Leni Robredo assured voters she is now fully ready to lead.

"Ngayong gabi sinasabi ko sa inyong lahat, handang-handa na rin po ako maging nanay ng ating inang bayan," she said.

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[Translation: Tonight, to everyone of you, I am all set to be the mother of our nation.]

Big names in entertainment showed up to boost the LP campaign, hoping celebrity power will bring in the votes on May 9.


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