Noynoy and Mar to visit Cebu

In their two-day visit to Cebu starting Friday, Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and his running mate, Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II will hold consultative talks with local multi-sector groups.

Pro-life advocates in Cebu yesterday also challenged the two senators to face Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and discuss their true stand on the Reproductive
Health (RH) Bill.

Noynoy and Mar will talk with urban poor groups, market vendors, and the youth about different issues, said Atty. Democrito Barcenas of the Noynoy- Mar Volunteers in Cebu.

Barcenas and Lino Rivera, who is leading the advance party for Aquino and Roxas, discussed the activities of the two senators in their two-day visit in Cebu.

University of Cebu president Augusto Go, who is chairman emeritus of the Noynoy-Mar Volunteers in Cebu will support the activities.

Barcenas said Noynoy and Mar will not convince local officials to support them in the 2010 elections, as they want to hear first the situations of people from different sectors.

However, pro-life advocates in Cebu are anticipating Noynoy to visit Vidal to discuss the presidential aspirant’s stand on the RH bill.

But Rivera told reporters that Aquino and Roxas will not be visiting Vidal.

Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer of Human Life International challenged the two senators to a dialogue with Vidal.

Bullecer said that since both senators will not be meeting the Cebu prelate, church officials in Tagbilaran City, led by Bishop Leonardo Medroso will talk with them over the bill.

Rivera said Noynoy and Mar will be in Tagbilaran tonight together with fellow LP members Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros- Baraquiel and Neri Acosta.

From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aquino and Roxas will be in the Sacred Heart Center on D. Jakosalem St. to conduct an oath-taking with members of the pro-Aquino movements in Cebu.

From 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., both Aquino and Roxas will hold courtesy calls with various local personalities.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. of the same day, Noynoy and Mar will be at the Aznar Coliseum for a session with the pro-Aquino Youth Movement.

From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., both senators will be in the Emcor Appliance Center in Mandaue City for a multi-sectoral dialogue.

On Friday evening, they will meet with young entrepreneurs in Cebu at the Marriott Hotel. But Rivera said the schedule is subject to change.

On Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Aquino and Roxas will visit the Carmelites Monastery in Barangay Mabolo.

At 9 a.m., Aquino will attend the launching of the Noy for President movement at the Sacred Heart Center, while Roxas will be visiting an assembly of barangay health workers at the Cebu International Convention Centerin Mandaue City.

At 10:15 am, they will meet with other multi-sectoral organizations before flying back to Tagbilaran City at 2 p.m.

From Sunstar Cebu, October 15, 2009


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