Mar Roxas still best LP bet in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015 08:34



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority…” (Hebrews 13:17, the Holy Bible).

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MAR ROXAS STILL BEST LP BET IN 2016: I am someone who sincerely believes that Secretary Mar Roxas is still the best, and most qualified, candidate for the presidency of the Liberal Party for the 2016 elections, given his educational qualifications, his vast experience in government, and his undoubted personal financial wealth.

Yes, he is lagging in surveys, and many people inexplicably do not seem to regard him as a good material as president of this country, but, the truth is that Mar Roxas is the kind of president this country sorely needs at this point. I am confident that, given the right media and public relations campaign highlighting his fitness and capability to become president, people can be made to vote for him.

And why would Mar Roxas be a good candidate for president of LP in 2016? First, it is clear that despite his long stint with different departments of government, from the legislative to the executive, he and his family have not been directly or personally involved in any corrupt dealing, or in any government transaction tainted with graft.

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MAR THOROUGHLY PREPARED FOR PRESIDENCY: Sure, there have been talks about corruption among officials of the agencies he had the privilege of heading in the past, but it is clear the talks revolved only around those officials, not reaching Mar Roxas in any way. This is stupendous, as far as I am concerned, and could only indicate that Roxas did not have anything to do with those officials’ transactions.

Second, Mar is thoroughly prepared academically, particularly in the field of finance and economics. He took up his elementary and high school courses at the Ateneo De Manila University. He then attended the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained a degree of economics in 1979.

Third, Mar is an accomplished politician. At age 35, he became the representative of the first district of Capiz. Showing his leadership capabilities, he easily became the majority leader of the House of Representatives. In 2004, Roxas became senator, garnering 19 million votes, which was the highest ever garnered by any national candidate in any Philippine election.

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MAR’S COMPETENCE ALREADY PROVEN: Fourth, Mar Roxas has already proven his competence with the laws he crafted, such as RA 8759 (which established an office in every town and city to help Filipinos look for jobs) and RA 7880 (which ensured fair distribution of education funds to help the youth of all provinces pursue their studies) and is credited for 43 bills and 46 resolutions in the 13th Congress, designed to fight smuggling, and support labor, education, economy and alternative energy.

Then, as secretary of trade and industry, he sought the development of town markets or the “palengke” of every town and city as the basic unit of the economy and the root of progress, pursuing not only consumer welfare and protection but also sound trade and investment policies.

I can go on and on here, but my point is this: is there anyone else in the LP that could at least equal these achievements of Mar Roxas? With due respect, even with those who are now being considered as more popular than Mar cannot even approximate his least capabilities. Mar should be given a chance to prove himself now!

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