Former Iloilo solon endorses Sen. Mar Roxas for Pres.

Monday, July 30, 2007 | posted in , , | 0 comments

ILOILO - Former Iloilo second district Representative Albertito Lopez has announced his endorsement of Senator Manuel Roxas II of the Liberal Party (LP) to be the next president of the country. “If the election for president will be held today, Senator Roxas will win handily against anybody,” Lopez, 75, said last March 25 at the Amigo Terrace Hotel here.

He predicts that Roxas will garner a margin of at least 2 million votes in Western Visayas against his nearest rival, citing the case of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who amassed more than 2 million votes against her closest rival, former Speaker Ramon Mitra, in Western Visayas, during the 1992 presidential elections.

Santiago, a native of La Paz district here, lost to Fidel V. Ramos because she was cheated, Lopez said. He did not elaborate.

Lopez said the 50-year-old Roxas, grandson of former President Manuel Roxas, is the most qualified person in the country today to lead the fragmented Filipinos. Lopez, president of the Lakas-CMD in Western Visayas, praised the senator “for favoring the impeachment of Pres. Arroyo.”

“Mar Roxas is young, very capable and intelligent. He also has the money (to finance a presidential campaign),” Lopez said.
Roxas is the son of the late senator Gerardo and socialite Judy Araneta-Roxas.

They own the Araneta Center, a mammoth property in Cubao that stretches from block to block, from building to building.

The family’s patriarch, the late Amado Araneta, had wanted to have the biggest, the tallest, the first" of anything in the Philippines. Thus, Cubao was and is Araneta country.

Lopez, who lost to Governor Rahman Nava for governor of Guimaras in 1998, however, said Roxas “should settle first his private life.” “He should stick to one decent woman and he should stay away from (ABS-CBN program host) Korina Sanchez,” Lopez said.

The former congressman described Sanchez as a “money girl.”

“She (Sanchez) works with us (in the ABS-CBN) but I don’s think she is the right woman for Mar Roxas,” Lopez said. In order to look really presidentiable", Lopez said Roxas should settle down with the right woman and marry her in front of the public."

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