The force has never been stronger for Daang Matuwid, with a crowd of more than 75,000 gathering to show their support for standard-bearers Mar Roxas, Leni Robredo and their senatorial slate at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on Saturday (May 7).
The Silent Majority, now louder than ever, was represented by supporters from all over the Metro and from nearby provinces.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, and Representatives Bolet Banal and Winnie Castelo hosted of the event. President Benigno Aquino III, the father of Daang Matuwid, was also there to show his full support for Roxas and Robredo.
Celebrity supporters warmed up the crowd before the main event, with the likes of Maricel Soriano and Gary Valenciano expressing support. Robredo’s youngest daughter Jillian, who was there with her sisters Aika and Tricia, introduced her mother through a song number that was used in her parents’ campaigns. Roxas’ son Paolo, on the other hand, read a letter written by his father as an introduction.
In his speech, Roxas profusely thanked his supporters for staying with him and Robredo through thick and thin.
“Nakakataba ng puso, nakakapalakas ng tuhod,” he said. ” Hindi naging madali ang aming laban pero nandun sila sa init ng araw, sa maagang-maaga, gabing-gabi, sa lahat po ng mga gawain. Ang lahat po na nananalig sa Daang Matuwid, lahat po ng nagtitiwala sa malinis, sa tapat na pamamahala, nandun po sila, nandito po kayo.”
Roxas, staying true to the Liberal Party’s motto, shifted the focus from himself to his people, emphasizing that he, Robredo and the rest of their slate are running to ensure a better, brighter future for the country.
“Hindi po ito tungkol sa kahit na sinong pulitiko na nandito. Tungkol po ito sa pangarap ng 100 milyong Pilipino na mamuhay nang may dangal, na may pag-asa at may katiyakan. ‘Yan ang dahilan kung bakit nandito tayo ngayon,” he said.
As for his competitors, Roxas only has this to say: “Lalabanan ko kayo.”
“Ang ating mga katunggali, gusto nila makalimutan natin ang ating pagiging Pilipino. Gusto nila ay mag-U-turn tayo. Susunugin nila, sisirain nila lahat ng mga pinaghirapan natin nitong nakaraang anim na taon. Pero hindi tayo papayag,” he vowed.
Roxas also renewed his commitment to continuing and strengthening the straight path President Aquino began.
The past six years have been a foundation, he said. If we continue with the next six years on track, “malinis, ng maayos na pamamahala, mas malayo pa ang mararating natin.”
“Pinaglalaban natin, isang bansa na malaya sa gutom, punong puno po ng pagkakataon, milyong milyong trabaho ang nalikha. Isang bansa na malayo sa takot,” he said.
“This is the good fight. This is the fight of our lives. This is the fight that defines us as a generation. This is the fight that brings us to a better future.”
For Daang Matuwid, May 9 will be a fight for a Philippines that is free from fear and hunger, abounding of opportunities where every Filipino can fulfill their dreams for themselves and their families.
“The best is yet to come,” Roxas promised.
“Ipanalo na natin ito para sa bayan, para sa bukas, para sa inang Pilipinas!”