Thursday, December 10, 2009

Erap-Binay team gets rousing welcome in Batangas country


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The Erap-Binay 2010 powerhouse team, accompanied by members of its senatorial slate Kit Tatad, Ompong Plaza, Jun Lozada, Joey de Venecia III and J.V. Bautista, received a rousing welcome in San Pablo City, Lipa City, Talisay and Rosario in Batangas the other day.

The enthusiastic crowds, which included local officials, that welcome their group belied claims from opposing political parties that Batangas is a bailiwick of presidential bets Sen. Noynoy Aquino (Liberal Party), and Manuel Villar Jr. (Nacionalista Party).

In San Pablo City, local officials led by Mayor Vic Amante announced that former President Joseph Estrada is assured of a majority win in their city where he remains very popular, especially since it was during his administration when the amount of P140-million was released for the construction of Dalubhasan, the City College of San Pablo, which now has an enrollment of about 5,000 students. Estrada was awarded with a plaque of appreciation for this.

At the San Pablo City Medical Center, doctors, nurses and hospital staff could not get enough of the opposition’s standard bearer and took turns posing with him for almost an hour.

Political leaders from rival parties in the third district of Batangas, including six contending congressional candidates, gathered in Talisay for a proclamation rally for all Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) local bets.

From Talisay, the Erap-Binay party proceeded to Lipa City where they were welcomed by Mayor Oscar Gozos, and the City Council. Gozos declared his city a free zone for the presidential contest, countering a claim earlier made by Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos that the city will go for LP’s Aquino.

Hundreds of Erap supporters lined the streets of Lipa City to welcome his party, while the group motored to its next destination in Rosario. A similarly huge crowd was on hand to greet them at their next stop.

In his speech, Estrada reaffirmed his commitment to give the highest priority to basic education and health, recalling that it was during his presidency that these same sectors received the highest per capita allocation in the national budget.

In his speech before the enthusiastic crowd, Estrada’s running mate, Makati mayor Jojo Binay, expounded on the enormously successful program for education in his city, as well as the benefits provided to all their senior citizens.

San Pablo is a sister city of Makati.

The implementation of a comprehensive anti-corruption campaign formed the backbone of separate speeches from Joey de Venecia III, ZTE-NBN whistle-blower.

For his part, Agusan del Sur Rep. Rodolfo Plaza batted for a serious environmental protection program, stressing that climate change made it imperative for the country’s leaders to take the initiative in addressing this global crisis.

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