PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is set to formally endorse Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II as standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) on Friday at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City.
"Yes, that is what I know," said Eastern Samar Representative Ben Evardone, party spokesperson, when asked to confirm Aquino's endorsement of Roxas.
The administration party has reportedly reserved the Cory Aquino Kalayaan Hall of the Club Filipino from July 29 to July 31.
Aquino indicated Monday that he would likely to endorse Roxas as his presidential candidate for 2016 elections.
During his last State of the Nation Address held at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City last Monday, Aquino underscored what Roxas has been doing for the Filipinos.
"Kay Secretary Mar Roxas: Nasa loob o labas ka man ng gobyerno, hindi tumigil sa panlalait sa iyo ang mga kalaban ng Daang Matuwid. Dahil nga may bilang ka, dahil talagang may ibubuga ka, nagpupursigi silang ibagsak ka. Palibhasa hindi nila kayang iangat ang sarili, kaya pilit ka nilang ibinababa," he said.
"Ang mga kritiko mo na rin ang nagpapatunay na takot sila sa angkin mong integridad, husay, at kahandaan sa trabaho. Mar, pinatutunayan mo: You can’t put a good man down. Tulad ng pagtitiwala ng nanay at tatay ko, magtiwala kang alam ng taumbayan kung sino ang tunay na inuuna ang bayan, bago ang sarili," he added.
Roxas was Aquino's running mate in the 2010 elections.
Senator Grace Poe, who is being eyed by Roxas' possible running mate, said she expected the anointment of Roxas since the latter is a member of the LP.
"Mahirap kasi mag-expect dahil mahirap rin naman ma-disappoint. Kaya para sa akin, ang ginagawa kong batayan ay ang sarili kong pananaw ukol dito. Kung makakayanan ko ba ito at mga paghahanda ng tama para dito at kung makakbuti ito sa ating mga kababayan," said Poe when asked if she was hopeful that Aquino will endorse her presidential bid on Friday.
Caloocan City Representative Edgar Erice, LP vice chair for political affairs, said a separate event will be held next week for governors and lawmakers who are supportive of Roxas' presidential bid in 2016. (Sunnex)