MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II made the “supreme sacrifice” and announced yesterday that he would give way to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party in the 2010 elections.
“Ito na ang pinakamabigat na desisyon sa buhay ko. Maniwala man kayo o hindi, ginawa ko ito para sa bayan, para sa inyo (This is the toughest decision of my life. Believe it or not, I did this for the nation, for all of you). I do this for unity in support of change. And if that means somebody must make the sacrifice, it must be me. Ako na (It’s me),” Roxas told a press conference at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan, which was organized by the Liberal Party (LP).
Roxas, the current LP president, declared that he would now support the presidential candidacy of Aquino, who is also an LP official and son of the late Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino who recently passed away.