Whatta year that was!

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome 2008! But before we set our sights for 2008, let us look back the great and not so great moments that we had last 2007.
July 29 - I started this blog Mar Roxas for President in 2010.

August 4 - This blog, together with Peter Laviña's blog, was noticed by the Inquirer in the article "Battle looming between LP and NP for presidency in 2010" by Gil Cabacungan Jr.

August 29 - I posted an article (which I had been drafting for several days) about Senator Manny Villar's copying of Sen. Roxas' Mr. Palengke image.

August 30 - I posted an article in reaction to the offensive remarks of the Team Gordon 2010 blog about Mar Roxas.

September 4 - Team Gordon 2010 apologizes but continues to defend their presidential bet Senator Richard Gordon.

September 5 - I made an article that rebuts on allegations that Sen. Roxas has not made a stand on issues. It currently holds that record of having the most comments (6 comments) in my blog.

September 26 - I made an article that rebuts on allegations that Sen. Roxas was bastos (disrespectful) during the ZTE broadband Senate hearings.

November 6 - This blog celebrated its 100th day in the blogosphere.

November 26 - I met personally Senator Mar Roxas and several personalities (Judy Araneta-Roxas, Adel Tamano, Franklin Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Pong Biazon, Satur Ocampo, Etta Rosales, Enteng Romano, Leah Navarro, Jovito Salonga, Bobby Tañada, Gwen Garcia, Tommy Osmeña, Senator Roxas' Senate Staff, etc.), with the help of his Chief-of-staff Susan Ople, during the Liberal Party event at Club Filipino, San Juan City, Metro Manila.
We look forward to a prosperous 2008. I hope that this year, more and more developments about 2010 would happen. ORAS NA! ROXAS NA!

A Christmas Message from Sen. Mar Roxas

Here's a Christmas message from Senator Mar Roxas that was aired in Rated K last Sunday:
"Mga kababayan, inyong lingkod Mr. Palengke Mar Roxas bumabati ng isang Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon. Isabuhay natin ang tunay na diwa ng Pasko. Pag-ibig sa kapwa, sa bayan at sa Poong Maykapal. Salubungin natin ang bagong taon, puno ng pag-asa at pananalig sa ating kakayahan na harapin ang hamon ng panahon. Muli, isang Pasko, puno ng pagmamahalan. Salamat!"
To watch the video, please visit http://youtube.com/watch?v=fCpb4L66Kq4

In behalf of the Mar Roxas for President in 2010 Blog, I greet all of you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ORAS NA, ROXAS NA!

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Villar ouster move is a 'bogus report' - Sen. Roxas

Senator Manuel Roxas II on Thursday denied being part of any move to oust Senate President Manuel Villar, even as he said Senate could have done better if it were more focused.

Although they have not categorically announced their intention to join the 2010 presidential race, Liberal Party president Roxas and Nacionalista Party president Villar appear to be gearing up for it.

The national daily Malaya reported that LP senators, led by former Senate president and immediate past president of LP Franklin Drilon, talked to Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile and asked him to replace Villar. Several meetings allegedly took place, one of them in Senator Gregorio Honasan’s house in Green Meadows.

Drilon and Enrile are fraternity brothers in Sigma Rho.
Asked if he was aware of any plans to unseat Villar, Roxas said: “Palagay ko kuryente iyon. Wala akong alam na pagpupulong at wala naman akong nasalihan na pagpupulong tungkol dyan (I think it’s a bogus report. I am not aware of any such meetings and I’ve not participated in a meeting about that).”

I am not aware of any such plot, of any such conversation. I certainly have not been in any meetings. It was reported to me that such meetings were held with me in attendance. I have not been to such meetings,” he said.
Villar’s camp refused to comment on the report.


Sen. Roxas bares another big govt' lobby anomaly

Senator Mar Roxas on Friday urged Malacañang to scrap its $50 million, six-month contract with American lobby firm, Covington & Burling LLP, which would cost more than Washington’s military aid to the Philippines.

Roxas said he was familiar with the rates charged for normal trade access or information access and believed the $50 million was for “something more, perhaps like getting the US Defense and Military establishment to soften resistance to a new strain of Martial Law.”

If they can’t defend this in Plaza Miranda or any market in the country, then they should junk it altogether,” Roxas said in a statement.

Roxas revealed that the pricey contract was signed between the Philippine Embassy in Washington D.C. and Covington & Burling to “promote the interests of the Republic of the Philippines with the US Congress and the US Government on a range of political, economic, and security issues.

Who is behind this contract and why? Who is ready to stand before the people and explain what this contract is all about and why $50-million of the people’s money should be spent on this rather than on school-feeding programs, better health services, and other priorities?” he asked.

Roxas demanded that the government publish in full the provisions of the multimillion dollar contract to avoid a repeat of the controversy generated by the P50 million Venable LLP contract in 2005.

Sen. Roxas expresses dismay on Gary Teves

Senator Mar Roxas said he will not hesitate to block before the Commission on Appointments (CA) the confirmation of Finance Secretary Margarito Teves for the latter’s refusal to suspend the Expanded Value-Added Tax (EVAT) on the prices of gasoline.

Roxas said this as he expressed dismay after Teves outrightly rejected the senator’s proposal to suspend EVAT on oil.

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A message from the KMP to Sen. Roxas

Do not be like a modern Makapili like Sen. Santiago

The militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) challenged Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II to stand up for the Filipino people and our interest against the Japan-Philippine Economic partnership Agreement (JPEPA) and not do a complete turnaround as Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago did.


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Sen. Roxas statement on Cheaper Medicines bill passage delay

Senator Mar Roxas said he was disappointed that the House has failed to pass before Christmas a bill to lower local prices of medicines, despite assurances to do so in the previous Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council meeting.

"Ikinalulungkot ko na hindi ito maisasabatas bago pa ang Pasko. Kahit ipasa man ito sa House ngayon o bukas, hindi na ito makaka-bicam at mara-ratify bago mag-break. Huli na masyado," Roxas, sponsor of SB 1658 or the Quality Affordable Medicines bill, which was passed on final reading at the Senate last November 5, lamented.

"By the time Congress reconvenes, it will be another month. Sana maaga itong naipasa sa mababang kapulungan para naisabatas bago ng Pasko," he added.

Despite the setback, the Senate Trade Committee Chairman said, "Ngunit ang mahalaga ay maipasa pa rin ito. Mas maganda sana before Christmas, pero kung after Christmas, okey na rin, basta maipasa natin ito."

As of early afternoon, the House of Representatives has not passed its counterpart to Roxas' bill, despite an initial commitment at the start of the 14th Congress last July to pass the bill in 45 days. When this was not accomplished, the House targeted the bill's passage and bicameral approval before Christmas.

The Liberal Party President also noted how Congress also had to deal with bicameral talks for the 2008 budget. The Quality Affordable Medicines bill had been certified by the President as urgent in the last Congress and in the 14th Congress, and was named a priority measure during the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council last December 11.

The measure has been Roxas' major advocacy even during his time as Trade Secretary, when he negotiated for trade concessions to be granted to developing countries under the Trade Related Intellectual Property System (TRIPS) international agreement. First among SB 1658's provisions are the proposed amendments to the Intellectual Property Code which seek to allow the parallel importation of locally patented drugs and to allow generic manufacturers to test, register, produce patented drugs prior to patent expiry, among others.

The bill also recommends strengthening the Bureau of Food and Drug to serve as a counterfoil to attempts to bring in fake or substandard medicines by allowing BFAD to retain its operating income from fees and other charges so it could upgrade its facilities and beef up its human resources.

The bill also contains provisions allowing the President to impose drug price ceilings in times of calamity, public health emergencies, events that cause artificial and unreasonable price hikes, the prevalence of illegal price manipulation and whenever prevailing prices have risen to unreasonable levels.

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Suspend 12% VAT on petrol - Sen. Roxas

In a bid to provide relief against the continuing rise in prices of oil products, Senator Mar Roxas on Friday said that he wants the 12 percent value-added tax (VAT) on petroleum products suspended for at least six months.

Roxas' proposal was contained in Senate Bill lNo. 1962 which was filed a day after a nationwide transport strike against the continuing rise in oil prices.
Ito, simple lang. I-suspend lang natin ang pagpataw ng VAT sa produktong petrolyo, kaginhawaan agad ito, at sa ganoong paraan, makakatulong tayo sa ating mga kababayan. Kung ang diesel ay P38.45 kada litro, P4 na katipiran ang maibibigay natin kaagad," he said.
The senator pointed out that when VAT was imposed, the price for crude oil stood at $50 per barrel.


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Sen. Mar Roxas in Sinukwan Festival

Senator Mar Roxas recently visited Pampanga and has expressed his amazement over the province's premiere festival.

Dubbed as "Mr. Palengke", Roxas graced the culminating activities of the cultural programs of the Sinukwan Festival Saturday. The festival is a yearly event organized by the Save Pampanga Movement. It is aimed at preserving and propagating Kapampangan culture and tradition through week long festivities.


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It's Time

From http://www.panorama.com.ph/news.php?aid=1120

Our Times by Susan Ople

Red, blue, and white buntings declaring "Oras Na!" ("It’s Time!") with the Liberal Party logo decorated the Kalayaan hall of Club Filipino. Socially-relevant tarpaulins depicting scenes like a silhouette of a lonely soldier on a solitary trek with the words, "Honor and Dignity for our Soldiers," hanged along the sides of the wall. A huge video wall at the center of the stage was used before the high point of the program to show an audio-visual presentation regarding the history and personages of the Liberal Party.

Rich visuals, bold colors, and the theme of "Oras Na!" made the election of new party president Senator Mar Roxas a memorable event. Add to this, the gathering of friends and supports of the party and Roxas himself bolstered the impression that the LP has the capability of attracting a broad sector of society, including those with divergent views on how real change can come about.

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena, Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, Magsaysay awardee and Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, former Bulacan Governor Josie dela Cruz, Rep. Jose Yap of Tarlac, former Representative Lu Antonino of General Santos City, Leah Navarro, Enteng Romano and Dinky Soliman of the Black & White Movement, UNO Spokesman Atty. Adel Tamano, Ang Ladlad leader Danton Remoto, former Cabinet Secretaries, Rep. Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna, Rep. Etta Rosales of Akbayan, and so many others came together to witness the passing of the torch from former Senate President Drilon to Senator Mar Roxas as party president.

I was huddled in one corner with close friends and family of Senator Roxas listening to him take his oath of office before the distinguished Senate President Jovito Salonga, when we heard the quiver in the senator’s voice. Perhaps it was the crowd, respectful yet obviously in adoration of the party’s perceived standard-bearer. Perhaps, it was the oath itself, which in part, states: "I will uphold the Liberal Party-- its Constitution and its founding ideals of conscience over ambition, principles over glory, and integrity above power-- as our instrument to attain the paramount national interest". Or perhaps it was just that precise moment – when thoughts of his father, Sen. Gerry Roxas and his grandfather, President Manuel Roxas, crossed his mind. There will always be other parties for other people, but for a Roxas, there can be no other party except the LP.

For his acceptance speech, Roxas focused on the theme of change and renewal. Addressing his fellow politicians and civil servants, it was time, he said, for everyone to "come along, roll up your sleeves, open your hearts and re-discover that wellspring of idealism that first brought us to public service." The lawmaker from Capiz also stressed the need for critical yet constructive engagement. "Whenever policy is wrong, we are the party that will say No/, and make an honest and determined effort to provide solutions. As important as it is to know the "whodunit", it is even more important for our future to know the "how-to-solve-it."

And partly to answer the oft-repeated questions about 2010, the new party president intoned:" I accept the challenge of building a strong, united, and modern LP – rooted in its founding principles, sharpening its purpose – and leading it to victory in 2010."

The event ended well, with confetti and numerous photo-taking sessions, and a press conference ably moderated by former Bukidnon Congressman Neric Acosta. Rep. Erin Tanada, former Education Secretary Butch Abad, party treasurer and Quezon Governor Raffy Nantes. Seventeen-year old blogger Kevin Ray Chua was around to chronicle the event for www.marroxas2010.blogspot.com. Davao City Councilor and LP member Peter Laviña of www.liberalpresident2010.blogspot.com met up with Kevin and chatted about political blogging.

The road to 2010 is still, as Roxas himself said, still "a ways to go." But I like it that we are not lacking in leaders who are strident about their willingness to be agents of change. It takes courage and a bit of zaniness to even consider being part of the body politic especially with our parochial way of politics. One needs a degree of self-flagellation to even contemplate a presidential run in 2010. People nowadays are quick to react, most of the time with little facts at their disposal, perhaps aided and abetted by the speed by which news travels.

The LP is the first party to have openly declared its standard-bearer in 2010. It would be interesting to observe and write about the forthcoming Nacionalista Party’s 100th anniversary dinner-show at the PICC. Like Christmas, the spirit of 2010 has started.

Sen. Roxas is against the Cyber-Ed project

Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas believes that the multi-million-peso cyber education project of the Department of Education (DepEd) is but a waste of money.

"Sana hindi na ito matuloy at ito'y malaking pagsasayang sa pera ni Juan dela Cruz (I hope that it will not push through as it is a big waste of the people's money)," Roxas said in an interview last Monday.

Roxas expressed that there are other means and technologies, which can be used to improve the educational system of the country.


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Roxas-Garcia or Roxas-Osmeña?

Would it be a Mar Roxas-Gwen Garcia tandem in 2010 or a Mar Roxas-Tommy Osmeña?

Well, that's the current buzz here in Cebu after Liberal Party leaders Neric Acosta, Butch Abad and Emilio Abaya hinted a possibility of having a Cebuano as the next vice president in 2010.

Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, whom I met during the LP National Convention last November 26, told SunStar that she and Roxas would be
more interesting as a love team rather than a political tandem—for now."

Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña
said, “I am the son of a presidential aspirant before Martial Law. Sergio “Serging” Osmeña was the favorite choice of the Cebuanos. I realized that (running for senator) would hurt Cebu because all those who have ambitions would hurt Cebu. That is why (there are those) who consolidated my father’s enemies. They consider my father a threat to their ambitions. So if I will aspire for national office, Cebu will suffer, SRP will suffer, and everybody will try to run amok with our projects here.”

But wait a minute, Gwen and Tommy had been in feud after the land-swapping fiasco! Would this mean that if Gwen is chosen as Roxas' VP, Tommy would withdraw his support to Roxas? Or the other way around? That's spooky!

Given the record of Cebu with 3 million plus voters, it would really determine every Philippine election on who's gonna win. Garcia and Osmeña are potential candidates but it's up to them if they would decide to run for vice president.

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Only 1 Liberal Party... nothing else

Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas, president of the Liberal Party (LP), said Monday that as far as he's concerned, there is only one LP and that is the one he has recently been elected as president.

The issue of factions in the party is already dead, said Roxas.
"The Supreme Court has already ruled on that, and it recognizes the faction of former Senate President (Franklin) Drilon as the legitimate Liberal Party," Roxas said. "And I am president of that faction."
Roxas was in the city Monday to grace the opening ceremonies of the 2nd Barangay Justice Advocates Congress at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.


Sen. Roxas appeals 'calmness' from Sen. Trillanes

Senator Mar Roxas appealed for 'calmness' from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and former Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim and other detained military officers when they walked out last Thursday from the Makati Regional Trial Court in the middle of there case hearing. He also shared his empathy on his colleague's frustations on the current administration.

Senator Roxas called on colleague Senator Trillanes to "be calm, and do not bring this to a point where our people's blood will be shed" as he told the latter that "we hear the frustration, the cynicism, the estrangement from the government that is in your voice and in your positions."


Alfredo Rosario on Sen. Mar Roxas

In his column today in the Manila Times, Mr. Alfredo Rosario elaborates why Senator Mar Roxas is "a formidable contender for the presidency."

Here's an except of his column:
[...] Many believe that the senator possesses all the political advantages in seeking the country’s top post within the gift of the Filipino people. They see him as a formidable contender for the presidency.

First, he enjoys the advantage of name recall, being a scion of a well-known family. His mother, Judy Araneta Roxas, belongs to the affluent Araneta clan. He has a distinguished political record. In 1993, he ran for congressman in the first district of Capiz and won handily. Later he became the House majority leader and eventually Cabinet member as Trade secretary.

He surprised the whole nation with his extreme popularity in 2004 when he ran for the Senate and topped the race with an overwhelming 20 million votes, a record still unmatched in the history of the Senate.

Roxas has the political machine and the logistics to support a long and expensive campaign. The LP is one of the oldest political parties with grassroots organizations all over the country.

Above all, he has the integrity and passion for work. His educational, moral and leadership credentials have projected him as an articulate, intelligent and dignified person. He does not wear his social superiority on his sleeve and interacts with his fellowmen with humility and grace.

The central theme of his public life has always been the promotion of the national interest and the people’s welfare as evidenced by legislation he has authored and his innovations in job creation and consumers protection. His reputation has preceded him and earned him the recognition of the international community as “one of the global leaders of tomorrow” and “one of the young leaders in politics and business who will bring Asia and the Pacific to the forefront of world affairs. [...]

Oras Na! Roxas Na!

(From left to right: Kevin Ray N. Chua, Senator Mar Roxas II, Councilor Peter Laviña and my dad Ronilo Chua)

Yesterday, I attended the once-in-a-lifetime election of Senator Mar Roxas as the new Liberal Party President, succeeding former LP President Franklin Drilon, in Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan City. It was a very stressful day for me actually. I woke up 4:00 AM together with my father. We ate our breakfast and hurried outside to ride a taxi. We arrived in the Mactan Cebu International Airport around 5:10 AM. Our flight was 6:15 AM. When we were in the plane, we slept a while to recover our energy a bit. We arrived in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, we went straight to the taxi area and rode a taxi to Club Filipino. When we arrived there by 9:00 AM, the place was still quiet with few guests around. By 10:00 AM, more and more people showed up thus increasing the crowd inside the vicinity. I met several personalities in the event namely: Ma'am Susan Ople, Ate Jenny Bugarin, Ate Thea, Prof. Danton Remoto, Mar's mom Judy Araneta-Roxas, Black and White Movement organizers Leah Navarro and Enteng Romano, Atty. Adel Tamano, Fr. Carmelo Caluag, former Senators Jovito Salonga, Bobby Tañada and Franklin Drilon, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, Cory Quirino, Senators Kiko Pangilinan, Pong Biazon, Noynoy Aquino, former Congressmen Butch Abad and Nereus Acosta, Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, and many more to mention.

The Liberal Party is carrying the slogan "ORAS NA!", which I think is the prelude campaign slogan to bring back the old glory of the party in the upcoming 2010 elections and place a Liberal in Malacañang. I was also able to met my fellow Mar Roxas for President in 2010 blogger Peter Laviña in the event. I was also able to talk with Senator Roxas and called me as his "inspiration." Wow! That was a great compliment from my idol! I said that it was a stressful day for me, but the event was worth remembering.

BTW, thanks a lot to the entire Senate staff of Senator Mar Roxas headed by Ma'am Susan Ople for accommodating us, from the one who gave me coffee to the one who guided us to the Senate session hall, from the one who gave us our merienda to the one who drove us to NAIA. ORAS NA!

LP-Atienza wing to reunify for Mar; LP-UNO team-up, OK with Erap

The Liberal Party (LP) will hold its national directorate meeting Sunday to reunite its various factions and rally behind Sen. Manuel Roxas II, who will be its standard bearer in the 2010 presidential elections.

"Senator Roxas will be the unifying factor of the party," former Senate president Franklin Drilon, the outgoing party president, said at the weekly Kapihan sa Sulo Hotel in Quezon City.

He said the LP secretariat has invited members of the breakaway group led Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza.

Drilon said the invitation was sent directly to former Manila congressman Miles Roces, a leader of the Atienza faction.

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Erap open to LP-UNO merger

Ousted President Joseph Estrada is ready to admit the Liberal Party faction of former Senate president Franklin Drilon into the United Opposition (UNO).

In a telephone interview, Estrada, titular head of the opposition, said Drilon’s LP wing can join the UNO, although it is too early to conclude who will be fielded as the opposition standard-bearer in the 2010 presidential elections.


Photo of Sen. Roxas with Vis-Min local leaders

Photo courtesy of Philippine Senate Website

VISAYAS-MINDANAO DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: Senator Mar A. Roxas II and local government executives took the cudgels for a Visayas-Mindanao Development Agenda that would come from the people themselves through a series of consultations starting December. In an unprecedented meeting in Davao City this Sunday, Roxas, (L-R) former Presidential Adviser for Regional Development Paul Dominguez, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Cagayan de Oro City Vice Mayor Vicente Emano and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes all agreed that as Visayas and Mindanao has contributed greatly to the national wealth, the ongoing neglect of the South in the national development plan must be reversed.

Sen. Mar Roxas joins Sen. Noynoy's disappointment on Martinez' pardon

Senator Mar Roxas on Friday backed up the disappointment expressed by colleague Sen. Noynoy Aquino in granting clemency to M/Sgt Pablo Martinez, a self-confessed military officer who had allowed the late hitman Rolando Galman to enter the airport tarmac on the day Ninoy Aquino was assassinated.

He said it is confusing to the Filipino people the honor bestowed by the Philippine government to Ninoy's heroism at the height of dictatorial regime, yet it allows one of the murderers to go free.

"Martinez admitted that he helped Rolando Galman enter the airport tarmac on that fateful day when Ninoy died. Even his fellow inmates point to him as the one most knowledgeable about the plot to assassinate Ninoy Aquino. His role in the killing of one of the country's heroes is undeniable. The full retribution of society is called for one of the most heinous crimes of the last century. The justification of old age to accord clemency simply cannot hold in this case," Roxas emphasized.

Roxas said that he strongly supported and even lauded the administration from granting pardon to former President Estrada, but he totally disagreed with the clemency extended to Martinez.

"Plunder can be repaid in cash and lifetime political stigma, the murder of a national hero must not be so easily forgiven. The timing of this pardon is also questionable. It comes a few days before Ninoy's birthday. It betrays insensitivity, if not a certain degree of callousness, on the part of the administration," the senator stressed.

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Sen. Mar Roxas reaction on the WB loan deferment

Senator Manuel “Mar" Roxas on Tuesday said the World’s Bank’s decision to defer its $232-million infrastructure loan package to the Philippines was “a huge national embarrassment."

Roxas, in a statement, said he supported the bank’s suggestion of creating a “road watch" group that would be led by members of the civil society. He said the group would assure transparency and integrity in the bidding of the bank's infrastructure projects in the country.

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Sen. Mar Roxas on Vis-Min agenda

Senator Mar Roxas and local government executives of key cities in Visayas and Mindanao took the initiative for a Visayas and Mindanao development agenda, which has been neglected in the national development plan.

Roxas, together with Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao City, Mayor Tomas Osmeña of Cebu City, Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City and Vice-Mayor Dungkoy Emano of Cagayan de Oro City, announced the beginning of consultations to formulate a focused and sustainable plan and “checklist” for the people of Visayas and Mindanao, reported the Philippine News Agency.

Visayas and Mindanao has a lot to offer our national development, which makes it imperative that these two regions get a fair share of these developments,” Roxas said.

The senator announced that the first salvo of consultations for this development plan will happen in December in Cebu City, with Osmeña’s efforts to conduct consultations with all sectors on two key questions: What they want Cebu to be after 10 years, and what obstacles are there to achieving this goal? This will eventually be rolled-out to other communities in Visayas and Mindanao.

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Alleba Politics asks: "Mar Roxas in 2010?"

This is just a re-post. Click here to see the original page.

Months ago, Davao City Councilor Peter Laviña started a blog entitled A Liberal in Malacañang in 2010. It is an unabashed campaign to have a Philippine President from the Liberal Party (LP in 2010. The blog zeroes in on Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II as the best possible option. Another blogger Kevin Ray N. Chua also maintains a blog campaigning for Roxas.

Today, LP announced that a new president will take over LP by November 26, and Roxas is the most likely candidate. This is in preparation for his candidacy in 2010. This despite the on-going rift between the Drilon and Atienza factions of LP.

Roxas has remarkable credentials as a Senator, backed up by a prominent family ties. And influential former President Joseph Estrada is reported to be considering lending his support to Roxas. Add to this Roxas’ relationship with high profile broadcaster Korina Sanchez. Roxas definitely has what it takes to win the 2010 elections.

The more important question is will he make a significant difference to our ailing country and our impoverished citizens?

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Mar Roxas to lead LP starting Nov. 26

Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is poised to take over the leadership of the Liberal Party before the end of the month on high expectations he will lead one of the country’s oldest political parties back to the forefront in the 2010 elections.

The LP’s policy-making body, National Executive Council, is slated to meet on Nov. 26 to decide who will take the mantle from the incumbent president, Franklin Drilon, a former senator, whose term as party president ends on Nov. 30.

Roxas is affiliated with the Drilon wing of the party which has been split into two factions -- the other one being led by former Manila mayor Lito Atienza -- over the two leaders’ conflicting stance on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the height of the “Hello Garci” scandal in 2005.

Drilon and those allied with him joined calls for the President’s resignation.

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Senator Roxas urges gov't to provide more info on JPEPA

Senator Mar Roxas called on the Executive Branch to get its act together in providing the Senate with sufficient information on the clear benefits and potential drawbacks that the country would face in relation to the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

"The Senate is not in the business of data-extraction. That is the job of the executive branch and it makes us wonder how come baseline data regarding tariff lines and well-defined programs for safety nets are not being properly presented in all of five hearings," Roxas said.


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Growing support for Mar Roxas for President in 2010 draft

After 103 days of existence in the blogosphere, I had been very thankful to all the people who had helped me in this ongoing campaign (not early election campaign) to draft Senator Mar Roxas for the Philippine Presidency in 2010.

First of all, I would like to thank Davao City Councilor Peter Laviña for helping me in my initiative through his A Liberal President in 2010 Blog and his wits. We unknowingly launched our 2010 blogs on the same day (July 29, 2007) but he let me claimed the "first blog in 2010" tag. Thanks Peter!

Thanks to Mrs. J for supporting my initiative. "Go Mar Roxas," she said to me. I hope to see you blogging about this Mar Roxas for President in 2010 draft someday.

Thanks to Nick Villaruz for inviting me in the Capiz Forum, a forum of Capizenos residing in different parts of the world. As a member, I can post there anything on Sen. Mar Roxas. Now, I can be able to spread the message better to the people in that forum. Thanks Nick!

Thanks to Danton Remoto for being one of the Mar Roxas for President in 2010 online petition signatories. He has expressed his support to the "best and the brightest."

Thanks to all the people who signed the online petition and promoted it to their friends. And lastly, thanks a lot to the visitors of this blog.

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Mar Roxas 2010 Blog: 100 days have past

Today is the 100th day of Mar Roxas for President in 2010 Blog! Thanks a lot for making this blog successful. As what our motto says, "Together, all becomes possible!". Hoyhoyhoy! Hoyhoyhoy! Please tell us about your comments and suggestions on how we can improve more and serve you better.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007 | posted in , , , | 1 comments [ More ]

Will Mar Roxas Run in 2010?

Is Senator Mar Roxas running for President this 2010? That's the question that bother his core of supporters.

Will Mar Roxas run in 2010? Why can’t you guys take “no” for an answer?

As of this time, he has never said "NO", thus giving us the wider opportunity. He reiterates that 2010 is still far away and who knows what would happen.

I am not a protégé of Senator Mar Roxas nor I know about his plans for 2010 whether he would run for President or launch a re-election bid as senator. Thus, I can't surely tell you that he will run for President in 2010. But, I must tell you that he never said that he won't run for President in 2010 -- only that he has "no plans" to run in 2010 right now. Maybe he's still soul searching.

I admit that 2010 is still far away but change and hope can't be long enough. Starting this early doesn't mean that it's already final. Who knows what would happen now up to 2010. I trust that when he does run for President, he will make an announcement to the Filipino people considering his dedication to service as House Representative of Capiz, Department of Trade and Industry Secretary and Senator of the Republic. I believe that he’ll answer the call to service of his people and run for President.

What are the goals of this blog?
  1. We hope to demonstrate to Senator Mar Roxas the groundswell of support he enjoys among the Filipino people down to the grassroots level;
  2. We'll present him the signatories of the online petition that urges him to run for President in 2010 so he can hit the ground running should he declare his candidacy;
  3. We hope to persuade him that it's a moral imperative that he run in 2010.
Senator Mar Roxas is being called back by popular demand now as a presidential candidate and we're giving a voice to that demand.

Do you communicate with Senator Mar Roxas or his office?

Yes, I admit. His chief-of-staff Susan Ople noticed this blog and right away, gave me a call. But, I must assure you, that this blog is not backed or funded by anyone connected to Senator Roxas. The creation of this blog was solely my decision to air the outpouring support among people of all political persuasions at the grassroots level.

Is Senator Mar Roxas aware of your efforts and if so, what's his response?

Yes, Senator Roxas is aware of this blog and its efforts. I have already talked to him through cellphone and he has been very thankful of my support.

He has encourage my efforts in any way ranging from using blogging, Friendster, Youtube, Eventful, Petitionspot and etc. But he has also consistently declined to object, comment, or stop my initiatives. That in itself is a positive response.

One poll shows Senator Loren Legarda in the lead. What chance would Senator Roxas have to edge her out?

His odds would be very excellent. Pulse Asia's survey that was conducted between June 28 and July 10, 2007 with a total of 1,800 respondents nationwide showed indeed that Senator Legarda had a net trust rating of 71% but don't discount Senator Roxas because he had a net trust rating of 58%. That's a difference of 13%! Poll numbers don't increase sharply overnight. As days, weeks, months and years past, these poll numbers would change dramatically.

As what I have said again and again, 2010 is still far away and who knows what would happen. Senator Legarda might just give way to Senator Roxas and run for Vice President instead. The voters know him, support him and understand that he's the most electable potential presidential candidate.

What are your odds of success? How will you change Senator Mar Roxas' mind when powerful politicians could not?

Like his late grandfather former President Manuel Acuña Roxas and his late father former Senator Gerardo Roxas, Senator Mar Roxas is a patriot and a populist. He is more likely to heed the genuine show of support from the people than request from politicians.

I know that we, together with his supporters, are fighting against difficult odds. There is an increasing list of potential presidential candidates like Manny Villar, Ping Lacson, Loren Legarda, Dick Gordon, Noli de Castro and more to come. But history will tell us that no big or significant movement ever started with good and easy odds.

We need to persuade him to run for President in 2010 for he has the vision, leadership and strength to do it not because he is rich but because he is the right man for the job. We also need to persuade the people to institute change and have an impact on this election by encouraging Senator Mar Roxas to run for President.

Update on the Mar Roxas 2010 Online Petition

As of this blogging, 95 people have already signed the Mar Roxas for President in 2010 Online Petition, which I think is still few given the time of existence of the said online petition. But with your help in spreading the word, we can be able to gather more support from the people. Please tell your friends about it, if you have a blog then make an article about it, or send the online petition link to your friends through e-mail.

Here are the thoughts of some signatories of the online petition:

Architect Rene G. Caldeo said...

"Sen. Mar Roxas is a Potential Candidate, yet he may or may not win for 2010 as history will repeat between FPJ."

Flor Beramo said...

"We need a young, dynamic, brilliant, economic and management wizard in the person of Sen. Mar Roxas to lead our country to a better, livable tomorrow. Sen. Mar also possesses a unique, strong warm charisma by which he can easily establish rapport to our people including the aged, the middle-aged, and the young citizenry. His advocacy, focus and special concerns not only on the agenda of trade and industry but more so on the down-to-earth day-to-day economics known to and are relevant to the common tao - the economic condition in the market place -is what make Sen. Mar Roxas set apart from all the rest of the lot in the politics at large in our country. His vision is not to reach the unreachable or set down a package of high sounding technical programs which our people cannot relate to in terms of saving some pesos and centavos aimed at improving their economic life. He is a simple pragmatic man whom every Juan de la Cruz in all the rural and urban byways and highways would direly need and want to deliver our country and people from their never-ending woes."

Mabel A. Toledo said...

"I really admire Mar ever since he was not yet in the senate. He is a man of dignity and wisdom that the Philippines needs. Senator Roxas is worthy to be called the next president!"
Eilene Chavez said...

"Mar Roxas will be the best President since he came from CLEAN politician family."
Lee de Leon said...

"No other one qualified to lead us to better times ahead. Only MAR Roxas can improve the lives of Filipinos. Please support him."

Rosy Yotoko-Valencia said...

"Fellow Capiznon, let's unite and support Mar Roxas to be the next President of the Philippines. Mabuhay si Mar!"

Estelle Osorio said...

"He's the only one I'd entrust the position to. :) MAR ROXAS FOR 2010!"
Gerry Eusebio said...

"May iba pa ba tayong pagpipilian para sa 2010? Mar Roxas na - Mr. Palengke na!"
To sign the online petition, please visit www.petitionspot.com/petitions/marroxas2010

Saturday, November 3, 2007 | posted in , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

EXCLUSIVE! Mar and Korina on KDOND Video

I had received a lot of text messages urging me to produce the video of Senator Mar Roxas' and Korina Sanchez' appearance on Kapamilya Deal or No Deal especially our OFWs who were not able to watch it on The Filipino Channel. Well, here it is. Courtesy of Youtube. Com and uploaded by arnold0407, Mar and Korina, is it a Deal or No Deal?

Sen. Roxas on the ongoing ZTE Probe

Together with Senator Noynoy Aquino, Senator Mar Roxas asked the Supreme Court to compel the Office of the Executive Secretary and the National Economic and Development Authority to turn over to the Senate all documents relevant to the government’s $329-million national broadband contract with ZTE Corp. of China.

He also stressed the need for the Senate joint committee investigating the National Broadband Network (NBN) controversy to invite an independent, private-sector based expert so that an “independent assessment” of the project can be made and sought the Senate’s attention and action over the “subjective and capricious” participation of the executive branch in the Senate’s inquiry on the the national government’s deal with ZTE Corp. for a National Broadband Network (NBN).

Here's a video during the Senate's ZTE probe dated September 26, 2007, courtesy of Youtube.Com that was uploaded by arnold0407 arranged in 3 parts.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007 | posted in , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Sen. Roxas' statement on the Glorietta Bombing

After the deadly Glorietta bombing which killed 11 people and injured 120 people as of this writing, Senator Mar Roxas issued this statement which was sent to me by his chief-of-staff Susan Ople:
"I feel so sorry for the victims and their families as well as those injured in the bombing incident. My heart goes out to all of them. These innocent people were just out to enjoy some free time in the mall. Nothing can ever justify their unexpected deaths. If indeed C4 was used, then this underscores the need for public vigilance and stricter security measures within legal boundaries. I call on quick action to ferret out the suspects, effect their arrest, and neutralize a larger conspiracy, if warranted. This is a major setback for our economy and will greatly affect our image as a progressive and stable country. But our people's spirit is strong and we shall undoubtedly overcome this tragedy as a nation."

Mar and Korina, is it a deal or no deal?

Last October 17, Senator Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez, both topnotchers in their own fields, played in ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Deal or No Deal together with host Kris Aquino (who is also rumored as a potential vice presidential candidate in 2010).

Mar said that they were playing for the Golden Acres in honor of his maternal grandmother Doña Ester Araneta, who died at the age of 94 just this year. They decided to choose briefcase number 15.

In the 1st round, it was a good one because they were able to eliminate small amounts of money and were offered with P51, 000 by the banker. But during the 2nd round, Mar chose briefcase number 16 which unfortunately turned out to be the case of the P 2 million prize. Mar and Korina both expressed hope that they would still be able to open low amounts and even had there sweet moments in order to ease the tensions. Banker’s offer though was not at all-time low as what Mar predicted that it would have been about P30, 000. Kris said that the banker was a Korina fan! Whew! The offer was P50, 000 and still they did not deal.

During the 3rd round, it was good at first until it was Korina’s turn. She chose briefcase number 13 which was held by Charmelle. Mar and Korina know Charmelle’s record in KDOND but forgot to see her until the briefcase was opened. Charmelle is the feared and well-known briefcase girl for holding briefcases with high amounts of money. It was the P 3 million case! Kris made a statement that really made me hear 2010 in my ears. She lamented that even our “future president” wasn’t able to overcome Charmelle. I’m optimistic that Kris would endorse Mar Roxas for President if he decides to run in 2010 given that statement. Back to the game, the banker made an offer of P 2, 139. Though small, Kris relayed to Mar what the banked said that it was a significant digit. It was the Senate bill number of Mar’s cheaper medicines bill.

By the succeeding rounds, they were able to do great having a banker’s offer of P 112, 000, P 175, 000 and P 175, 100 during the 4th, 5th and 6th rounds respectively. But during the 7th round, they decided to open briefcase number 20 which contained the P 1 million prize thus, the banker’s offer went down to P 37, 000. Mar and Korina still decided not to deal with the banker’s offer. In the 8th round, they were lucky to open a small amount. Banker’s offer then was P 75, 000. The last remaining big amount was only P 250, 000. Mar then said that he and Korina promised to give P 75, 000 to the Golden Acres no matter what happens in the game. Still, they decided to continue with the game and unfortunately, they opened briefcase number 9 which contained the last remaining big amount. So, the banker’s offer was down to P 100.

At the end of the game, they realized that the briefcase they chose, which was number 15, contained only P 10. But they had no regrets. They even expressed that the game was really fun. Kris said that it was OK, because ‘if you are not lucky in this game, you are lucky in love’. She even told them to invite her in the wedding. What a game!

Sen. Roxas will be on Goin' Bulilit!

Watch out Senator Mar Roxas tomorrow in ABS-CBN's Goin Bulilit as he talks his cheaper medicines advocacy with KKK segment's host Sharlene San Pedro and many more surprises.

Many have also asked me if the rumors are true that Sen. Roxas and Korina Sanchez will be playing in Kapamilya Deal or No Deal. What I can say is YES, they will be playing in KDND. I confirmed it from no less than his chief-of-staff Susan Ople. Though, the schedule of their appearance was not yet given to me. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, October 13, 2007 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Roxas will keep fighting vs. corruption

Senator Mar Roxas yesterday vowed to continue to push for transparency in the implementation of government projects, and reiterated his hope that the quality affordable medicines act will be in place before Christmas.

"Something is very wrong in our institutions if graft and corruption is taken as the norm in transactions using people's money," the senator said.

The senator was in Bacolod late yesterday to speak before the first national Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines encampment at the Panaad Sports Stadium.

He rallied the youth not to give up on the country and to get involved in the issues affecting the nation.

Roxas also stressed the need for the youth to take their studies seriously in order for them to pursue the best opportunities for the future.

In an interview, the senator hit the National Economic Development Authority for invoking "executive privilege" in refusing to submit documents on the controversial $329-million National Broadband Network project to the Senate. He told the DAILY STAR if the NEDA insists on invoking "executive privilege" the Senate will bring the matter to court.

This calls into question what ought to be public domain, Roxas said.

Roxas accepts House cheaper med version

The principal author of the Senate’s version of a bill that seeks to lower the price of medicines has dropped his objection to the version of the House of Representatives which proposes setting up of market controls.

“We in the Senate remain open to the ideas of the House, and we will enter bicameral talks with the end-goal of making the best bill for our people,” said Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

Roxas conceded that the sponsors of a similar bill in the House correctly anticipated that big drug companies could manipulate and prevent drugstores from selling imported cheaper medicines.

He said the use of price controls could come in if market competition from cheaper medicines from abroad and generic drugs do not work and make medicines affordable to the public.

“I’m very attracted to that idea (of a must carry provision) because these medicines may come in but if they’re stacked in a warehouse, there won’t be any change in prices,” he said.


Wednesday, October 10, 2007 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Roxas reacts on NNC hunger report

Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II on Monday challenged the government to fix the “disconnect” between the positive macro-economic indicators and the negative hunger level among the Filipinos.
There is a disconnect between the headline statistics: high peso rates, high GDP (gross domestic product), low interest rates; and people’s everyday experience of hunger and ‘sachet’ consumer pattern. There’s a disconnect between the economics on Ayala Avenue and the real economy,” he said.
Roxas was reacting to the report of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) that there was a 50-percent increase in those who experienced hunger from the second quarter of the year (14.7 percent) to the third quarter (21.5 percent).


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Monday, October 8, 2007 | posted in , , | 0 comments [ More ]

"No deal is always better than a bad deal" - Roxas

Sen. Mar Roxas on Thursday said senators remain unconvinced on ratifying the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) even as the executive branch had created an inter-agency task force to explain to senators the benefits of the bilateral economic agreement.
"In trade negotiations, no deal is always better than a bad deal. The challenge remains for our trade negotiators to show us—in specific, concrete terms—how this agreement will redound to the benefit of our people," said Roxas.
Roxas said that even with four hearings already conducted by the Senate "the government’s presentation to the Senate is inconclusive. The gives & takes’ remain unclear."

The Senate Trade and Commerce committee chairman said that the so-called benefits asserted by the executive branch have been countered by groups opposed to ratification of JPEPA.
"For example, the government asserts that JPEPA will lead to the hiring of Filipino nurses, yet the oppositors have singled-out specific chapter and verse in the agreement which says our nurses will be on OJT ("on the job training") status."

"The government says that our health workers will be accorded ‘national treatment,’ or granted the same rights and privileges as Japanese nationals. However, no one could answer whether Filipino nurses will receive exactly the same benefits—monetary or otherwise—or protection as Japanese nurses," said Roxas.
Roxas maintained that he still keeps an open mind on JPEPA due to his recognition of the strong bilateral relationship between the Philippines and Japan.


Sunday, October 7, 2007 | posted in , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Making Sen. Roxas on Gizmoz.Com

Here's my creation in Gizmoz.Com and tadaah! It's Sen. Mar Roxas speaking! Watch it now! Please share your thoughts to me. I would like to know about what you think of my video clip.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Sen. Roxas supports PGMA on axing ZTE deal

Just this 7:36 AM this morning, I received a text from Sen. Mar Roxas' chief-of-staff Susan Ople and she relayed to me this statement from Sen. Roxas about the cancellation of the ZTE deal. (NOTE: I am not connected with Sen. Roxas' office. I am not dictated by the Senator's office nor his office staff on what to and not to blog. I am just having a contact with Sen. Roxas' chief-of-staff Susan Ople so that I would know the latest on Sen. Roxas' schedule, news, interviews, etc.)
"President Arroyo acted wisely in cancelling the ZTE contract. This will save the nation from further international embarrassment and domestic turmoil. This project should never have been started nor approved in the 1st place.

The procurement law has to be improved by ensuring all govt. projects have to go thru bidding and/or check n balance processes.
The Senate trade committee w/c I chair shall continue to pursue this issue in aid of legislation. We need to tighten the approval process for foreign-aided and funded projects to protect the people's money and prevent this politico-diplomatic fiasco from ever happening again.

Cancellation is the appropriate action given that

(i) the NBN is not our priority right now

(ii) what was approved was contrary to the govt's policy of no loans, no govt. gtees, private sector driven n user pay

(iii) full transparency in all govt. procurement
, and;

(iv) that this has been surrounded by bribery charges n controversy

Sen. Roxas lauds Senate colleagues on cheaper medicines bill

Senator Mar Roxas has lauded his Senate colleagues for their overwhelming support of his cheaper medicines bill after the said bill was approved on its second reading.

I thank my colleagues in the Senate for their overwhelming support for the Quality Affordable Medicines bill. We look forward to the House version and continue to keep an open mind so we can come up with the best law for the people,” he said.
Although President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo already certified Sen. Roxas' cheaper medicines bill, he is now urging anew to certify Senate Bill No. 1658 as an 'urgent bill' which is a consolidation of all the cheaper medicines-related bills.
The Administration certified it as urgent in the last Congress, and it has committed to do the same now. Ultimately, it will depend on the administration’s political will that would decide the fate of these measures,” he added.
Finally, we are now one step closer in bringing these medicine prices down through the help of Senator Roxas and the people who support this bill.

Sen. Roxas on Abalos' resignation

Here's the official statement on Sen. Mar Roxas on COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos' resignation:

With the resignation of Chairman Abalos, a chapter has just been closed but not the whole book. Justice must be pursued to its logical end in the ZTE affair.

I call on President Arroyo to appoint an immediate replacement who can restore the people’s faith in Philippine democracy.

It is imperative that the President appoint a qualified and credible replacement immediately to oversee the upcoming elections and undertake long-delayed electoral reforms. This is a make-or-break opportunity for the national leadership to restore lost credibility in our elections."


John Nery on Mar Roxas

In his article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer entitled "The ‘bully’ in Mar Roxas", John Nery said:
"... Sen. Mar Roxas was also cited, for his obvious facility with numbers and concepts.

I must confess, though, to a certain tentativeness about Roxas’ performance. Yes, he certainly seems to have done his homework. Of all the senators present (the blue ribbon committee alone has 17 members), he alone seems to have the consistent benefit of that old Ramos mantra, “complete staff work.” (How complete? Here’s an alternative gauge: Just about an hour after he tangled with Assistant Secretary Lorenzo Formoso on the government’s estimate of the savings it would generate from the ZTE deal, his news release, complete with his quotes, was already in my email inbox -- and in dozens of other journalists’ inboxes too. The time stamp was 6:59 p.m.)

With his investment banking background, Roxas also knows enough to debate, not only economic policy, but the theoretical framework or philosophical assumption informing a given policy. Witness the altercation with Neri on whether financials should be included in the project evaluation. When was the last time a senator brought Modigliani (the economist Franco, Google tells us, not the artist Amedeo) into a legislative discussion?"
Sen. Roxas was the only one who had the guts to ask Asec. Formoso than any other senator in that chamber. Here's my post on those who accuse Sen. Roxas as 'bastos' and grandstanding in the Senate probe on the ZTE deal. I hope those accusing him would think twice on what they say.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 | posted in , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Conrado de Quiros on Mar Roxas

In his column today in Philippine Daily Inquirer entitled ‘Tinimbang ka pa rin’ , Conrado de Quiros said:

"I’ll give the best performance award in the Senate hearing last week to Mar Roxas. He didn’t just ask the right questions, he showed the right reaction to perfidy.

...Roxas could only expostulate while groping for words that he was shocked by Neri’s blithe attitude toward wrongdoing. I share his sentiments completely. There and then, you see the vicious stupidities that have taken hold of this country..."
Senator Mar Roxas really deserves that best performance award. He has been performing his duties since 2004 without much media blitz. That's why others are asking, "where was Mar Roxas circa 2004-2007?" Now, he has to show his guts and prove to the people that he's the right man for the right job at the right time.

To read more about Mr. de Quiros' column, click here.

Monday, October 1, 2007 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

A fruitful visit of Sen. Roxas in Leyte; hints brgy poll postponement

After his visit in Leyte for the Alay-Lakad event in Tanauan and in Tacloban City, Senator Mar Roxas was lauded by the mayors for having the enough time in listening there local concerns. This was a very fruitful one because Sen. Roxas was able to hear the concerns of these local chief executives.

Senator Roxas also hinted that the upcoming barangay and SK polls might be postponed. He said that the Senate committee tasked to review the said proposal will be submitting their recommendations this Wednesday.
"It seems that the recommendation is in favor of the postponement of the barangay elections", Senator Roxas said.
So, you want to invite Sen. Roxas in your place, demand here! The more demands, the more chance that Sen. Roxas would come to your place!

Sen. Roxas will be in Leyte!

From http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=12&fi=p070927.htm&no=36

Senator Mar Roxas is scheduled to arrive in Tacloban City early morning of Sunday, September 30 in order to give the inspirational message in two separate Alay Lakad Programs, one in Tacloban City, the other one in Tanauan, both in the province of Leyte.

Senator Roxas will first proceed to Tanauan, Leyte to give his message in the annual Alay Lakad activity of the municipality which is for the benefit of the out of school youth of the municipality.

Mayor Tiu said that the funds derived from the annual Alay Lakad are used for the skills training of the out of school youth so that they could engage in productive economic activities. The municipality accounts for so many success stories regarding the proper use of Alay Lakad funds, Mayor Roque Tiu revealed.

Thursday, September 27, 2007 | posted in , | 0 comments [ More ]

"Nobody is taking responsibility for approval of a project" - Roxas

From http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Local%20News&p=54&type=2&sec=91&aid=2007092718

Senator Mar Roxas on Wednesday chided executive officials for not following a clear process in the approval of public-funded projects, particularly the National Broadband Network project.
"After hearing the testimonies of Cabinet members, I am alarmed at how nobody is taking responsibility for approval of a project whose scope falls under several agencies, thus requiring a coordinated approach to policy design and implementation," said Roxas, chairman of the Senate committee on trade & commerce jointly hearing the Senate probe on the NBN deal.

"How did we get this far that $330 million is going to be borrowed? How did we get this far that we now have Senate hearings?" the Senator said at yesterday's hearing.
He lamented that even the Government Procurement Policy Board would not claim jurisdiction over the NBN deal, on the basis of the project being an 'executive agreement.'


Was Sen. Mar Roxas "bastos" on Senate probe?

In Boo Chanco's DEMAND AND SUPPLY column last September 21, 2007 entitled "ZTE scandal more dangerous than Garci", he commended Senator Mar Roxas. This is what he said:
"Sen. Mar Roxas should be commended for asking the most incisive and relevant questions during last Tuesday’s hearings, using very clear language. Sen. Roxas demolished the assertion of the former Chairman of the Commission on Information Technology and Communication (CICT) that the broadband project is going to deliver savings for the government.

Sen. Roxas got the former bureaucrat to admit that the savings figure he was using was provided by DOTC Secretary Mendoza which he has not verified himself. Back of the envelop computations of Sen. Roxas showed the figure was wrong. Garbage In, Garbage out, Sen. Roxas declared."
Indeed, the questions that Sen. Roxas made were "incisive" and "relevant" and it helped us to fully understand why we need to establish a National Broadband Network through an anomalous deal with China. Others may have misinterpreted his style of questioning. I have read a forum post saying that Sen. Roxas was "bastos" (impolite, harsh) when he was questioning DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) Assistant Secretary Lorenzo Formoso. With that style of questioning, he was able to pressure Asec. Formoso to explain the deal clearly. Here are the excerpts of Sen. Roxas' query on Asec. Formoso and DOTC Sec. Leandro Mendoza:
MAR: There are only 1,500 or 1,600 [fifth and sixth class] municipalities, so ilan kaya dito ang wala pang access? Sinasabi ni Mr. Formoso ang siyang isa sa pinakamahalagang dahilan kung bakit gagastos tayo ng 15 billion para maabot nga itong mga ito.

Formoso: Ah sir, I will submit the numbers and the list, your honor.

MAR: It is only 1,500, is it 30, 50, 60, 100, 1000?

Formoso: I won't be speculating sir. I will give you a breakdown first?

MAR: Ang galing mo dumepensa nito, Attorney Formoso. Ngayong tinatanong ka ilan ho ba itong gusto mong silbihan nitong broadband na ito, nakalimutan mo, hindi mo alam? Ano ba ito? It is only 1,500, is it 5, 10, 100? It is so notable a number that the entire government machinery is here to defend this deal supposedly to reach the fourth, fifth and sixth municipalities that don't have telco access.

My question is very simple, there are more or less 1,500 municipalities, how many of them do not have telco access at the present whether by landline, cellphone, satellite or whatever?

Formoso: I don't have that number sir?
At least, Sen. Roxas was able to prove that the NBN deal was impractical. The DOTC can't even assess the practicality of the project. No one was even tasked to assess the cost of the tools to be used in the project to easily determine if there was overpricing.
Others call it GRANDSTANDING, we call it MAKING A STAND. Sen. Roxas is doing this so that the people would know on where he stands on this issue. Let's take the argument of his critics. They say that he's doing this because he has his own personal motives. Even if it would be true that his personal motives told him to do so, should we ignore seeking the truth? If you say yes, then what would happen to our society and to our government?
Again, it's not GRANDSTANDING, it's called MAKING A STAND.

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