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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mar Roxas: Should you make another "sacrifice" in 2016?

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein 
Who should be the administration candidate in 2016?
  • Mar Roxas slid to No. 6 among prospective presidential candidate preferences in the latest survey.
  • Grace Poe rose to No. 2, behind the front-runner Vice President Jejomar Binay, whose own ratings have been on a steep decline
Capable but Not Winnable?
From Inquirer:
It isn’t so much the possibility that he could lose to Vice President Jejomar Binay in the 2016 presidential election that bothers him.
What annoys Interior Secretary Mar Roxas more is the possibility that the anticorruption policy of President Benigno Aquino III will not continue under the leadership of Binay.
In a roundtable discussion with Inquirer editors and reporters on Tuesday night, Roxas was asked if he would be bothered by a Binay presidency.
Roxas replied: “I am bothered by the possibility that daang matuwid (straight path) will not continue.”
But Roxas said he believed the Filipino voters would choose their next President wisely.
“I think Filipinos are smart. I think Filipinos know what is in their best interest. I think Filipinos know what would be good choices,” he said.
Binay, the leader in early voter-preference polls, is hounded by allegations of corruption, with the Senate investigating charges of questionable contracts he entered into for the Makati government when he was mayor of the city.

Grace Poe: The Reluctant 2016 Presidentiable
EQ Prediction: Grace Poe will make a DECISION.
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil.Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 We think we can avoid making a decision, but we cannot.
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September 1, 2009 
From GMA News
Saying that somebody "has to make a sacrifice," Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II has given way to his party-mate Sen. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III to become the standard bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2010 presidential elections.

"Noynoy Aquino and I share the outrage in the mess we are all in," Roxas said at a press conference at the Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City Tuesday night organized by the Liberal Party.

"I want to make a difference," he added. "I am the president of the Liberal party. It is within my power to preside over a potentially divisive process or to make the party a bridge for the forces of change."

"Today I'm announcing my support for the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino for president in 2010," Roxas said. 

Roxas had long been groomed as LP's standard bearer in next year's presidential elections. Following the death of former president Corazon Aquino last Aug. 1, however, there has been a public clamor for Noynoy Aquino to run for the nation's top post.

“It’s not wrong to be born rich,” Rep. Gonzales told a press forum. “What (Roxas) needs to do is to show people that despite the fact that he’s rich, he will go out of his way to reach the poor.”

The House majority leader cited instances when Roxas was criticized for trying to appeal to the poor, such as when he directed traffic at a busy intersection or when he was photographed riding a motorcycle in a disaster-hit area. His senatorial campaign in 2004 also billed him as “Mr. Palengke.”

“The problem with Mar… is everything he does, people read meaning into it,” Gonzales said.

In contrast, added the chair of the Liberal Party’s parliamentary caucus, Sen. Grace Poe surged past Roxas in popularity because the public looked at her in a more positive light. From GMA News
2016 Tambalan?
From Inquirer:
A Mar Roxas-Grace Poe tandem in 2016 is now being “seriously considered” by the ruling Liberal Party (LP), according to a key party leader.

A team-up between the far from charismatic interior secretary and the fast-rising neophyte senator would “combine leadership, experience and expertise in governance with mass appeal, honesty and idealism,” said LP secretary general Mel Senen Sarmiento.

“A Roxas-Poe team in 2016 is really worth considering,” said the Western Samar representative.

“They can complement each other in terms of their strengths and weaknesses. Secretary Roxas has a deep experience in governance and has a proven track record as a public servant but he seems to lack the masa appeal of Senator Poe,” Sarmiento said.

Roxas slid to No. 6 among prospective presidential candidate preferences in the latest Pulse Asia survey, while Poe rose to No. 2, behind the front-runner Vice President Jejomar Binay, whose own ratings have been on a steep decline since allegations of corruption and unexplained wealth surfaced in a Senate committee investigation that began last August.

As a result of Poe’s impressive showing in the latest voter preference survey, there has been talk that the LP may tap her to carry its colors in 2016 at the expense of its presumptive standard-bearer, Roxas.

But Sarmiento said that Roxas remained the sentimental choice for most LP members because of their personal knowledge of his sacrifices and accomplishments as Mr. Aquino’s “troubleshooter.”

In the 2010 presidential race, Roxas, who was the acknowledged LP standard-bearer, gave way to the vastly more popular then Senator Aquino. He ran for Vice President instead but lost to Binay.

In spite of his low survey numbers, Roxas has “worked really hard to serve the nation and has always excelled in all his endeavors long before he became a favorite target of demolition attacks by political foes,” Sarmiento said.

“He has been a congressman, a senator and a member of the Cabinet in different capacities and has excelled in all these positions. He is one of President’s Aquino’s most reliable troubleshooters in nearly all aspects of governance because he is an outstanding problem-solver,” he said.

“Secretary Roxas will be very effective in managing the nation and in pursuing the reforms and programs that were started by President Aquino while Senator Poe can be the rallying figure for our people to unite and work together in building our nation,” he added.