IMUS, Cavite: The ruling Liberal Party (LP) remains solid behind the presidential bid of its standard-bearer, Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, despite the Supreme Court decision dismissing a disqualification case against pre-election survey frontrunner Sen. Grace Poe.
Acting LP President Joseph Abaya, also the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications, expressed such confidence on Thursday in light of a statement made by Poe that politicians have contacted her to express their support after she scored the legal victory in court.
The tribunal deemed her to be a natural-born Filipino citizen and compliant with the 10-year Philippine residency requirement.
“We’re not concerned with that. I ask you, has there any been mass abandonment of the LP? Nothing. In fact, we are intact, we are mobilizing the ground forces. The Supreme Court decision is just establishing who are the official candidates,” Abaya, who accompanied Roxas in a visit to Annie Foods Corp. here, told reporters.
Annie Foods Corp. is the maker of Chocnut and Hany milk chocolate.
“Hindi ko sinasabi na absolutely hindi mangyayari, pero wala naman effort to keep them intact. Hindi kami nagguguwardiya [kung sino ang mga lilipat]. Kung makakabigay sila ng listahan, then we’ll appreciate it. [I am not saying that turncoatism won’t happen absolutely, but there is no effort to keep the LP intact. We’re not doing a loyalty check on our allies. If they [Poe’s camp] can give us a list of those who will jump ship, then well and good],” Abaya said.
In a Pulse Asia survey commissioned by a television network released on Wednesday, Roxas scored only 19 percent, way behind rivals Vice President Jejomar Binay with 24 percent and Poe with 26 percent.
LLANESCA T. PANTI