MANILA – Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, who have both publicly expressed interests in joining the presidential race in next year’s national elections, have both been in Cebu on Monday, apparently to campaign their bids.
President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s endorsed predecessor and the ruling Liberal Party’s (LP) standard-bearer Roxas, held a ‘Daang Matuwid Dialogue’ at the Cebu National University in the morning then hosted a ‘gathering of friends’ at the Cebu Coliseum in the afternoon. He was accompanied by the President himself.
United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) presidential candidate Binay, on the other hand, officially met with a local businessman in Cebu but also visited barangays in the cities of Toledo and Talisay. He was already in the province over the weekend and has already visited barangays in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Cebu.
Binay earlier slammed Aquino’s administration for its insufficient programs and projects in Cebu.
Coincidentally, Senator Grace Poe, who topped the latest presidential preferences surveys, was also in the island but only attended the University of San Carlos’ (USC) foundation week celebration rather than to campaign as she remained undecided with her political plans.
Cebu has been the most vote-rich province in the Philippines as it had more than 2.5 million registered voters in the previous general elections.