'Matagal na tayong binubugbog, malapit na tayong bumangon!' —Noynoy

On the 72nd founding anniversary of the Liberal Party (LP), former President Benigno Aquino III predicted that the former ruling party would soon rise again.

"Maski na matagal-tagal na tayong binubugbog, mukhang malapit na ho tayong buumangon at pabugbog muna. Mas maliwanag 'yung bukas dahil nandito kayong lahat," Aquino had said during the Friday evening celebrations.

GMA 7 news program "24 Oras Weekend" reported that Vice President Leni Robredo was also at the event, during which she urged party mates not to lose hope.

"Maraming nagsasabi na saan ba tayo patutungo? Marami 'yung nagsasabi binabali tayo ng kadiliman pero sana po huwag tayong mawalan ng pagasa," said Robredo.

In a statement, Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. said that 500 new LP members took their oaths Friday night in simultaneous ceremonies in Manila, Cebu, and Naga.

"These are all card-bearing, committed, non-politician Liberals," said Baguilat, who led the oath-taking in Naga.

"Many of them applied through the party's newly launched online recruitment platform. They are a mix of professionals, from various sectoral groups, millennials, seniors, etc. who are fed up with this administration's abuse of power, and who are looking for a space to come together and resist," he added.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, meanwhile, led the LP celebrations in Cebu City.

"Habang ang ilang kasamahan o kababayan natin, mga pulitiko at iba pang mga grupo ay paalis at lumilisan at iniiwan ang Partido Liberal, hindi totoong tayo ay mawawala," said Pangilinan.

"Tayo sa Liberal Party, we have been through hell and back. And we in the Liberal Party, to borrow and paraphrase the words from the poet Dylan Thomas: 'We will not go quietly into this dark night,'" he added.

Since the party was founded in 1946 by former President Manuel Roxas, three Philippine presidents  came from the LP.


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