President Aquino urges members of the Liberal Party to live by its principle of putting the good of the country above everything
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III urged the new Liberal Party (LP) members to live by the party’s principle of putting the good of the country and people above everything as he encouraged the people to continue working together to ensure a more equipped citizenry and progressive nation.
In his speech during the Liberal Party (LP) Pampanga Orientation and Oathtaking Ceremonies at the Mini-Convention Center, Heroes Hall, Magdalena St., here, Friday, President Aquino expressed high hopes that the new LP members will work with the Aquino government in effecting reforms and lasting development in the country.
“Sa mga bagong miyembro ng ating partido, nagagalak at nagpapasalamat po ako sa pakikiisa ninyo… umaasa akong magiging sandigan kayo ng pang-matagalang pag-angat ng Pilipino. BIlang Liberal nais ko lang ipaalala na ang panunumpa ninyo ay hindi isang transaksyon na maaari ninyong bali-baliin. Hindi tayo nakakahon sa tradisyunal na uri ng pulitika, kung ano ang tamang gawin, gaano man ito kahirap o anumang kalbaryo ang ating makakaharap, ito ang gagawin natin, ito ang prinsipyo sa pinaka-maugong nating panata: Bayan bago sarili,” the President said.
“Bawat miyembro ng Partido Liberal ay marangal sa isip, marangal sa salita at higit sa lahat marangal sa gawa,” he added.
The Chief Executive assured his fellow Kapampangans of his administration’s sincere and unyielding efforts to implement social programs for the people.
“May pagkakataon po tayong itulak hindi lang ang Pampanga kundi maging ang buong bansa tungo sa katuparan ng ating mga pangarap… bigyan po ninyo ako ng pagkakataong tulungan kayo, hindi ko po hahayaang maiwan sa kaunlaran ang ating bayang sinilangan, ang Pampanga, gagawin ko ang lahat ng aking makakaya. Sa tulong ng kapwa natin Kapampangan at sa tulong ng mga pinunong kasama natin ngayon, upang isulong ang ganap na pag-ginhawa ng Pampanga,” he stressed.
“Ang hamon sa atin ngayon…tumatahak na tayo sa tuwid na landas, tutunganga lang ba tayo? Hahayaan lang ba natin kumilos ng solo ang gobyerno o makikipagtulungan tayo sa pag-gawa ng tama at bibigyang lakas ang isa’t-isa. Di hamak na mas bibilis po ang ating pag-usad at pag-unlad kung tayo’y magbabayanihan kaysa maghilahan pababa, mag-unahan at mang-lamang sa kapwa,” he further noted.
During the event, the President witnessed the qathtaking of some 96 Liberal Party bets for the Province of Pampanga, in various positions, participating in the 2013 mid-term elections.
The LP bets are expected to closely work with the national government in achieving the President’s social contract with the Filipino people.
Upon arrival, the President was welcomed by San Fernando City Pampanga Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez, Pampanga former governor Eddie T. “Among Ed” Panlilio and City College of San Fernando president Dr. Lourdes M. Javier.
Also in attendance were other government officials led by Senator Franklin Drilon, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, Transportation and Communication Secretary and acting LP president Joseph Emilio Abaya and Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang.
Prior to the oathtaking ceremonies, the Chief Executive also inspected the projects in the City of San Fernando that include the on-going construction of the nearby school building of the City College of San Fernando that is expected to be completed by the end of October 2012.
The 100-million, four-storey building will accommodate college students offering degrees in Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM), Elementary and Secondary Education, Business Administration and Information Technology (IT).
The President was also briefed by Mayor Rodriguez on other projects of the local government that include the Lazatin Fly-Over,as well as the Sagip-Ilog and Tail Dike Breaching and Re-Channeling of Gugu Creek.
Touted as one of the oldest political parties in the country, the Liberal Party was founded on January 19, 1946 by then President Manuel Roxas.
LP’s formation came from the “Liberal Wing” of another political group, the old Nacionalista Party. Three more LP members were elected President: Elpidio Quirino, Diosdado Macapagal and President Aquino.
The other two former presidents of the country also came from the ranks of the LP, they were former party members that chose to follow a different path and joined the Nacionalista Party – Ramon Magsaysay and Ferdinand Marcos. (MNS)