A crowd of over 3,000 welcomed President Benigno S. Aquino III and Daang Matuwid standard-bearer Mar Roxas, his running mate Leni Robredo, and the rest of Team Daang Matuwid at Maria Christina Park, Tarlac City on Monday (April 11).
“Ang bawat isa sa inyo ay patunay na hindi kayo pinabayaan ng inyong pamahalaan,” expressed Roxas as the Tarlaqueños cheered for the Daang Matuwid tandem.
President Aquino, a Tarlaqueño himself, recalled how, back in 2010, he launched the platform and principles of Daang Matuwid in Tarlac during his candidacy for president, with the people of the province in full support.
“Ang Daang Matuwid, na naipundar natin sa pamumuno ni Pangulong Noynoy, ay maipagpapatuloy natin para sa isang bukas na may katiyakan, na may pag-asa, at may pinagkakakitaan sa bawat isang pamilyang Pilipino,” Roxas said.
Aquino challenged the Tarlaqueños to ponder on the thought of assurance of a brighter future for the upcoming change in administration. He also expressed his trust in the Tarlaqueños to make the right decision during the elections, saying that his countrymen cannot be swayed by promises.
“’Pag ligawan, maraming manliligaw, magaganda ang sinasabi. Pero isa lang ang pakakasalan n’yo. Kaya ang tanong: sino ang pinakatotoo?” Aquino asked.
Roxas, as the symbol of the continuation of Daang Matuwid, promises continued development for Tarlaqueños through honest governance. He illustrated how the principles of Daang Matuwid, with programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Philhealth, will pave the way for Filipinos to obtain the freedom from fear and hold on to the certainty of a better tomorrow.
“May dangal itong programang ito. Marami na ang natulungan pero mas marami pa ang nangangailangan ng tulong. Hindi pa tapos ang laban, ang laban sa kawalan ng pag-asa,” he emphasized.
The Tarlaqueños were united in supporting the continuation of the program that led to the prosperity of their province.
“Si Secretary Mar Roxas, siya ang pinakasensible at nakakaalam ng kalagayan ng ating bansa,” declared Congressman Noel Villanueva.