Full of fervour the citizens of Capiz province and Roxas City came out to run against corruption, as if wishing to underline the statement of their province-mate and potential liberal runner for the Presidency MAR Roxas that he would never ally with crooked politicians and that he "would only choose to traverse the straight path." Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Roxas comes from Roxas City. The Freedom Run took place on 12 April 2015.
The province of Capiz in the Visayas region celebrates its week-long Capiztahan (feast) on April 10-15, 2015. Capiz has been traditionally holding these festivities for five years, and this time, the program included a Freedom Run in Roxas City on Sunday, 12 April. 1,189 Capizeños joined the run against corruption.
FNF Philippines co-organized the run with the Provincial Government of Capiz, Roxas City Government, and the United Capizeños Foundation, Inc. or One Capiz. The targeted number of participants was 1000, but Gov. Victor Tanco, during the preparations for the event, was certain that the registrants would exceed a thousand. "i am free from corruption as a slogan is catchy for us Capizeños. We value our freedom here and of course, we fight corruption," said Tanco.
It was a bright Sunday morning as people started trickling in at 4 a.m. at Roxas City Plaza for the Freedom Run. Roxas City Councilor Powell del Rosario welcomed the runners. "We are celebrating a lot of things this week, but most important of all, we are celebrating our unity in this advocacy of freedom from corruption," said Powell who was also the lead organizer of the Freedom Run in Capiz.
The energy heightened when prestigious beauty pageant Binibining Pilipinas 2015 winners including Bb. Pilipinas Universe Pia Wurtzbach appeared on the stage to lead the warm-up exercises with freedom mascot, Fredo. The five reigning beauty queens with former councilor and FNF IAF Alumnus Pepe del Rosario also handed out the tokens to the top 20 runners. Mrs. Judy Araneta-Roxas sponsored the prizes to the top four runners of the male and female categories. Cobra Energy Drink, Super K Drugstore, and Absolut Water also donated goodies.
Freedom Song second placer Shimeiriah Inventor from Bacolod City performed her winning song Tayo ay Malaya at the Freedom Run. 757 signatures in support of the National Youth Commission's (NYC) campaign to beat climate change were also collected.
"Let Roxas be a model of good governance. The Philippines deserves honest leaders, but this can only be realized if the people vote for candidates who have a clean record in public service, who are free from corruption," said FNF Country Director Jules Maaten.