By Dennis Carcamo
MANILA, Philippines -- Liberal Party president Sen. Mar Roxas announced today (Sept. 1) he is giving way to Sen. Noynoy Aquino III to be their party’s standard bearer in the 2010 presidential elections.
"I'm now announcing that I'm supporting the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino," Roxas said in a hastily called press conference at the jampacked Gabaldon Room in Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan City.
He said the decision was initially difficult for him, but he chose to make the sacrifice for the sake of unity.
"Country first before self… I choose to lead unity not division," Roxas said.
Also at the event were Reps. Ruffy Biazon, Erin Tañada, Riza Hontiveros-Baraquel, and Nereo Acosta, Ang Ladlad Party List Chairman Danton Remoto, and former cabinet officials Dinky Soliman (DSWD), Chito Gascon (DepEd), Juan Miguel Luz (DepEd), Liwayway Vinzons-Chato (BIR) and Avelino Cruz (DND).