LP President Upbeat About 2004 Chances, Favours
GMA or Roco
|Liberal Party President Florencio "Butch"
that are dear to the party will determine
who the Liberal Party of the Philippines (LP) will support in the
May 2004 presidential elections. While the LP has no presidential
candidate of its own, its president, Congressman Florencio “Butch”
B. Abad expressed his preference as a choice between President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo and former Senator Raul Roco. “Looking at our (ideological)
biases, it is going to be a difficult choice between GMA and
, Abad told some 120 listeners, among them many senior
party members, in a speech on “Liberal Strategies for 2004” organized
by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation and the FNF-Alumni Group on
July 16th, 2003 in Makati City.
The LP-president gave an optimistic outlook
of his party
in the general elections. “There is a good chance that we can increase
our numbers in the House (of Representatives) to 40 members”. The
Congressman from Batanes said that LP could add two new liberal
in the Upper House and also increase its power on the
local government level considerably.
Cong. Abad reiterated the need to change the constitution.
“Our party supports constitutional amendment through a constitutional
convention”, Abad said. He also stressed the importance of building
a “broad coalition” for political reform with civil society and
the reform oriented business sector. He said that the political
system of the Philippines is not conducive to the development
of strong, platform-based political parties. “We operate in an
environment that is hostile to institutional party building”,
he explained. All the more important, therefore, are the efforts
to strengthen the party institutionally and organisationally.
“Let us make our party strong”, Abad emphasized.
The text of Congressman Abad’s speech is posted in our
may listen to what LP president Abad said about the party's presidential
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