Cheers and chanting from around ten thousand supporters of Daang Matuwid filled the air in the Capiz City Gym, where the Liberal Party (LP) held the campaign send-off for its standard bearer Mar Roxas this Tuesday (Feb. 9).

The people of Capiz also welcomed Daang Matuwid vice presidential bet Leni Robredo and the members of the Daang Matuwid senatorial slate: Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III, Ralph Recto, Leila de Lima, Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan, former Secretary of Energy Jericho Petilla, Mark Lapid, Risa Hontiveros, Panfilo Lacson, Joel Villanueva, Cresente Paez, and Nariman Ambolodto.

Roxas, along with the rest of the Daang Matuwid Coalition, is running on a platform of good governance in line with the principles of Daang Matuwid: freedom from hunger, freedom from fear, and the freedom to dream.

“Ang pinakaunang kalayaan na ipinaglalaban natin ay kalayaan mula sa gutom.  Ang ating tugon, pagkakakitaan, trabaho, kita para sa bawa’t pamilyang Pilipino,” he said.

“Pangalawang tututukan natin ay kalayaan mula sa takot,” he continued. “Ang ating sagot: katiyakan,” he said assuring the people of decent houses, a wider universal healthcare system, a disaster-ready government, stronger PNP and justice system to prevent crime and punish criminals, and inclusive growth for all communities.

“Ang pangatlong tututukan natin ay ang kalayaan para mangarap. Ang ating sagot: Pag-asang makakaahon sa kahirapan ang ating mga pamilya,” Roxas said.

These freedoms, Roxas promised, would be achieved by the Filipinos through the continuation of Daang Matuwid’s flagship programs such as the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps), PhilHealth, and Bottom-Up Budgeting, which aims to bring development to the grassroots level.

When it comes to fighting for these freedoms, Roxas said, “’Yan ang alam ko! ‘Yan ang kaya ko! At ‘yan ang gagawin nating lahat,” which elicited loud cheers from the crowd.

According to Roxas, he chose to return to his hometown in Roxas City, Capiz because this is where he started his career in public service.

It can be remembered that politics was not initially in Mar’s plans, until his younger brother Cong. Gerardo ‘Dinggoy’ Roxas, the successor of the Roxas family’s heritage in public service, died of cancer in 1993. Dinggoy’s death made Mar trade his job as an investment banker in New York for a career in politics. He was urged by his fellow Capisnons to run for office, and he served as the Representative of the First District of Capiz from 1993-2001.

His kasimanwas are confident that his experience in congress, in senate, and as a cabinet member in three consecutive administrations, coupled with his illustrious background in economics, makes Roxas the country’s best choice for the highest position in the land.

“Kitang-kita, damang-dama, sa iba’t ibang panig ng ating bansa ang kaginhawaan, ang progreso, na narating na natin, at marami pang mapapagtagumpayan pa natin—‘yan ang Daang Matuwid,” Roxas said in his speech.

Roxas then called on his countrymen to fight for these gains and not let it revert back to the old ways.

“Hindi tayo magpapatalo sa mga abusado, sa mga manloloko, at higit sa lahat, hindi tayo magpapatalo sa mga magnanakaw,” Roxas said.