Mar Roxas made a stand

Others have been questioning Senator Mar Roxas' stand on the issues. Others say that Senator Mar Roxas is very vocal and visible only now that the 2010 elections is fast approaching. Others even question, "where was Mar Roxas during 2004-2007?." I want to set the record straight.

Since his election as Senator of the Republic in 2004, he has been touted as a presidentiable by a lot of people and not only by his LP Partymates. As Senator serving his first half of his 6-year term (2004- 2007), he had made a STAND on the different issues of our country contrary to what others say. I think others may have not been listening too much from Sen. Roxas before than now as the 2010 polls comes closer.

Try reading these news articles (which I sorted by YEAR) so that you would know what Mar Roxas was doing and what STAND he made on this issues.
Senator Roxas made a STAND by nudging BIR to help gov't recover Major General Carlos Garcia's 'tainted' assets, expressing his concern over imposing new taxes and implementing another increase on Napocor rates, revealing the P84 billion revenues that are lost because of smuggling, introducing commercial line fishing, seeking rewards to whistle blowers, welcoming the government's decision to expropriate the NAIA 3, telling the people about the massive proliferation of fake medicines, favoring a 50% cut on pork barrel, and many more. That's for 2004 alone...

In 2005, he made a STAND by asking the SC to stop the EVAT implementation on gas and power to avert a price increase,
pushing for the compulsory licensing of the bird flu drug Tamiflu as a "calibrated preemptive response (CPR)" against a possible pandemic, insisting National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales to give the full details of the government deal with the US lobby group Venable LLP, appealing for support of dollar-earning industries, expressing lamentation on the excessive cost of medicines, supporting the NTC order on VoIP calls, opposing the proposal to grant emergency powers to President Arroyo in an apparent bid to avert the emerging oil crisis, protecting the call center workers, investigating on the proliferation of substandard colleges and universities that produce graduates with dismal passing rates in professional licensure and eligibility examinations, supporting the use of biofuels, suggesting to adopt measures to protect credit card data systems from thieves, lauding the SC for its decision on stopping the government on paying to PIATCO, and many more.

In 2006, he made a STAND by calling on all sectors to focus on job generation, pushing for DepEd supplemental budget, urging the government to help new graduates seek jobs, asking the DTI to monitor closely the basic commodities' prices, expressing his point of view on the Marines' rebellion, expressing his concern over "the rising tide of human rights abuses", urging the Congress to create an Office of Trade Representative, telling that stock surge may not necessarily mean that the economy is improving, support DepEd Secretary Lapus' program, calling a reintegration program for displaced OFWs during the Lebanon crisis, expressing support of the President's move on the nursing board exams retake, stepping into the abduction of students, urging the youth to use people power for good governance, reiterating that the true LP is the Drilon-wing, pushing the passage of the 2006 national budget, lashing out the Securities and Exchange Commission for sitting the case of pre-need companies, probing the quality of broadband services, and many more.

This 2007 alone, he has made a STAND by filing a bill that would give stiff penalties to SSS law violators, questioning the ZTE deal, calling an investigation on the Wowowee controversy, calling a resumption of the NPA peace talks, probing the Hello Garci scandal, calling on the executive to work on JPEPA, criticizing the relaxed tourist visa policy, calling the abrupt hike in PUV tax unfair, questioning the transfer of PCGG to DOJ, exposing the kidnapped Filipino workers for labor in Iraq, and counting...

As what Estelle had comment on this post, she said:
I completely agree with your post.

Just because he's not the noisy, controversial (read: pala-away) type of politician, doesn't mean he's not doing his job. It does not mean that he's not fighting for us and our interests.


If anything, he has more time and energy to fight for our interests in the only arena that matters, in the only arena that translates to tangible benefits for the people: the congress!


If only more people can see beyond political theatrics and look at actual work done, I bet they'd have no doubt that Mar Roxas is the only acceptable contender for 2010.
Sen. Roxas is not a type of always-"papansin" politician, he's a SILENT but WORKING STATESMAN. As what I had said, I don't agree that Sen. Roxas is not making a STAND. He has been making a STAND since he was a Congressman, as DTI Secretary and as Senator now. You may not have been listening to him when 2010 wasn't still in the air!



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Estelle
on September 6, 2007 at 10:23 AM  

I completely agree with your post.

Just because he's not the noisy, controversial (read: pala-away) type of politician, doesn't mean he's not doing his job. It does not mean that he's not fighting for us and our interests.

If anything, he has more time and energy to fight for our interests in the only arena that matters, in the only arena that translates to tangible benefits for the people: the congress!

If only more people can see beyond political theatrics and look at actual work done, I bet they'd have no doubt that Mar Roxas is the only acceptable contender for 2010.

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Anonymous
on September 6, 2007 at 8:28 PM  

Bakla naman ang stand ni Mar sa mga isyu eh.

Bakla ka kapag hindi mo ito nilagay sa blog mo.

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Kevin Ray
on September 6, 2007 at 10:31 PM  

Cnong bakla ngayon? C Mar Roxas o ikaw "Anonymous"? Bakit kaba ntatakot na ibunyag ang sarili mo? Cno ba ang nilalabanan mo?

Mar Roxas definitely has the upper hand in the 2010 elections when it comes to substance and style.

Kung di ka DUWAG, wag kang magpa-anonymous2x jan! Ikaw ata ang bakla eh! Meron ngang paninindigan, wla namang pangalan!

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paul
on September 7, 2007 at 11:20 PM  

Hi Kevin,

This appears to be a rather formidable collection of articles.

It will be interesting to see how consistent Mar Roxas is with the statements he made regarding these issues.

More than claiming a stand on one issue or another it's best to see if there is any actual follow through on any of these so called stands and what he personally sacrificed in making these so-called stands.

Also, it is very good that you brought Mar's stands on various issues out and made it available for everyone to see and analyze.

Paul

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Paul
on September 7, 2007 at 11:36 PM  

Hi again Kevin,

Would you or your friend Mar want to react to this and post it? Found it on Sunstar.

Paul

Friday, September 07, 2007
Delilan: Waste of time!
By Erwin Ambo Delilan
The Buzz

WITH so many, many problems that the country is facing right now, I can’t imagine Senator Mar Roxas taking a move to investigate the Wilyonaryo brouhaha that involves the country’s famous “playboy” Willie Revillame, host of ABS-CBN’s noon time show.

Maybe Senator Roxas has a noble intention in his desire to probe the case of what ABS-CBN described as a “technical glitch” committed by the technical men of Wowowee that led to the brouhaha.

But the way I judge Roxas’ move is “politically motivated.”

But I think it’s too early for a political Showtime if Roxas really aims to run for President in 2010.

Yes, it can’t be denied that Roxas topped the Senate race in 2004 because of his “Mr.Palengke” TV ads.

He captured the masses by projecting himself as real “Palengke” man, but later can’t even be seen in the palengke.

Now that Wowowee is one of the famous variety shows on TV plus that Joey de Leon of Eat Bulaga! is the “accuser”, it’s as if Roxas would like to ride on the popularity of two shows and their equally famous hosts.

But the question is: is Roxas determined to conclude whatever probe he would initiate in this Wilyonaryo?

If his action is only meant for a show, then I think Roxas should stop making an early gimmick.

I suggest that instead he should focus himself to other “meaty” issues confronting the country such as the controversial broadband deal between ZTE and the government, the country’s ballooning population, the hanging barangay and SK elections, among others with national concerns.

Let Willie Revillame and Joey de Leon “clash” on TV and let the viewers judge who between them is honest. After all, the two are raking millions of pesos out of their hosting ability even if they are controversial.

If Roxas will focus on the Willie-Joey tiff, then it’s obvious that he has only something in mind – and that’s to make an early campaign. What a waste of time!

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Anonymous
on September 9, 2007 at 11:43 PM  

Reaction to Sunstar article from yet another Mar supporter:

1. I think Sen. Mar's interest in wowowee is not about willie and joey's tiff but rather about regulating these game shows. given their popularity and how much money they rake in (from us consumers, no less), i think this move is wise and timely. Porke pangmasa at may artistang mga kasangkot, hindi ibig sabihin na hindi mahalaga ang isyu. Sa totoo lang, feeling ko iniiwasan lang ng ibang pulitikong makigulo sa mga gameshow dahil ayaw nilang makalaban ang mga network. Natatapangan ako kay Mar sa pagspeak-out nya sa isyung ito.

2. Roxas has spoken out on ZTE, on the postponed baranggay elections and on other pressing national concerns--and not just this year, i might add. basahin ang kalahatan ng isinulat ni kevin for more info. baka naman k'se sarado na ang isipan kay mar kaya hindi nag-reresearch ang nagsulat ng artikulong iyan.

3. Ano kaya ang politically motivated? ang paggawa ni Sen. Mar ng trabahong ibinigay sa kanya ng tao? o ang pagsulat mo ng artikulong ito? I think it's the latter.

Bakit kaya ang daming tumitira kay Mar? Baka kaya someone's perceiving him as a threat? hmm.

-- Osy. Pasensya, walang blogger account e.

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