Mar Roxas 2010 Blog is one of the Top 10 Best Cebu Blogs of 2008

I am humbled and honored to have this blog, the Mar Roxas for President in 2010, as one of the Top 10 Best Cebu Blogs of 2008.

As I had finished re-designing the layout of this blog to make it look more professional, I never expected that a few days after and before the year 2008 ends, something great is coming.

This blog is No. 6 out of the Top 10 Best Cebu Blogs of 2008.

Here's what Mark Monta, head of the Best Cebu Blog Team said about this blog:
The most controversial blog of all times - not until 2010(lol). Well, Kevin has gone a long way and updating people on what is his point of views in campaigning Mar Roxas for 2010 presidency is not a joke. He is a HIT of this year

The award goes not only to me, but also to YOU.

YOU who have kept me updating this blog and feeding to you the necessary information in our advocacy.

This award serves as an inspiration to me to continue and make this blog better to achieve its goals and our goals.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008 | posted in , , , , | 2 comments [ More ]

Miss Cebu 2009 - Silver and Beyond

The Mar Roxas for President in 2010 Blog, with its blogger Kevin Ray N. Chua, supports the Miss Cebu 2009. Most especially to our Cebuano readers here in the Philippines and abroad, you can now vote online and support your favorite candidate to be the Miss Cebu 2009.

I had already voted online but I won't tell you who I voted for. Instead of influencing my readers on whom to vote for, I would let you have the decision.

Below are the candidates vying for the crown:
1. Ana Coritha J. Desamparado
2. Sheda Lynn A. Dusaban
3. Christine A. Tan
4. Nadia Claire O. Urbino
5. Tara Frances L. Oliver
6. Ethel B. Bitoon
7. Phoebe Kaye C. Fernandez
8. Kimberley Therese A. Burden
9. Michelle Iva G. Eguia
10. Angela Grace P. Alinabon
11. Rizzini Alexis C. Gomez
12. Kris Tiffany M. Janson

For more information about the upcoming Miss Cebu 2009, click here.

Monday, December 29, 2008 | posted in , , , | 1 comments [ More ]

Senator Mar Roxas is The EQualizer Post's Pinoy of the Year

The EQualizer Post Blog, which has been delivering strong commentaries on politics both here and abroad, together with its readers, has chosen Senator Mar Roxas as its Pinoy of the Year for 2008.

Roxas edged slightly Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio in the poll probably of the former's rage against a Gloria Forever Constitution which had him uttered "Putang ina" in an anti-Cha-Cha rally and refused to apologize about it.

As the EQ Post said:
True RAGE! We agree 100% Senator Roxas!
Read more about this at


2008 Christmas Message from Senator Mar Roxas

"This holiday season, I celebrate with you the birth of Christ our Saviour. Christmas has always stood for the restoration of the Lord's covenant with his people: this contract that says 'Do good, and you shall be rewarded. Fall in line, and you shall move forward.'

"We as a nation celebrate Christmas as we hold on to a promise of change; of restoration of the rule of the good; of renewal of our social contract to care for each other. I stand together with the Filipino people who seek the fulfillment of this promise. In a nation ravaged by the selfishness and greed of a few, we celebrate as a people: poor in wealth and power but rich in hope.

"May we all follow our own stars, as the three Magi did, steadfast in their faith in the Lord and in our ultimate salvation. May this Christmas be meaningful for all of us.

"Merry Christmas!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 | posted in , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

I am NOT Sorry - Mar Roxas

Here's the full transcript of Senator Mar Roxas' "I am NOT Sorry" speech in the Senate refusing to apologize for his expletive outburst during the Anti-Charter Change rally last Dec. 12, 2008.
Mr. President, may I take a moment of the chamber’s time to rise on a matter of personal privilege.

Marami nang nasabi mula nang magsalita ako noong rally noong Biyernes. Maraming nabigla sa bugso ng emosyon. May mga nailang o nagalit. May mga nagsasabing mali ang sinabi ko. Binanatan ako ng Malakanyang. Ginamit nila ang kanilang propaganda machine laban sa akin.

Una: gaya noong Biyernes, magsasalita ako nang deretsahan ngayon: I AM NOT SORRY. I am not sorry for speaking my mind and telling the truth as I see it to be. I am not sorry for expressing my real feelings and my rage in behalf of the people whom I love.

Ikalawa: Marami nang nagbigay ng opinyon sa kung paano dapat ako nagsalita o umasal. Irerespeto ko sila. They are entitled to their opinion, and I respect it. Sana, irespeto rin nila ako, at ang pinaglalaban ko. Hindi ako plastik. I AM NOT SORRY.

Ikatlo: Bakit ako magso-sorry? Kung mag-sorry ako, para na ring nag-sorry tayong mga biktima ng korapsyon, tulad ng mga magsasakang ninakawan ng fertilizer. Para na ring nag-sorry ang bawat Pilipino na gutom na walang trabaho, na wala nang makitang pag-asa dito sa ating bansa. Para na ring nag-sorry ang mga Pilipino, na ang tunay na damdamin lamang ay katulad ng sinabi ko.

Ikaapat: Hindi ito tungkol sa salita lamang. Alin ba ang mas nakakailang: ang masakit na salita, o ang masamang gawa? Ang diretsong katotohanan o ang baluktot na kasinungalingan? Ang maruming bibig o ang marungis na kamay at konsensiya?

What are the real issues?

This government has systematically ravaged our political and economic life. This government has twisted our institutions to suit its self-serving interests. This government has torn apart our nation.

Ikalima, at huli: Hindi ko gustong makasakit sa damdamin ng kapwa sa sinabi ko noong Biyernes. Tinukoy ko lang ang tunay na kalagayan ng bansa. Nagpakatotoo lamang ako, at nasa katotohanan ang kaligtasan at kalayaan ng ating bayan. Nasa katotohanan ang pag-asa.

Para sa mga desperado nating kababayan, tatlo lang ang puwede nilang gawin.

Magmukmok, manahimik, at umiyak sa isang tabi.

Umalis, maghanap ng pag-asa sa ibang bansa.

Mamundok. Mag-armas at lumaban.

Ayaw nating mangyari ang mga ito. We do not want our people to suffer in silence, nor to have to leave their families, nor have to take up arms. Kailangan nating kapitan ang katotohanan. Kailangan nating ihiyaw ito. We must shout out the truth so that we can be free. We must break the apathy and the paralysis. Our outrage will move us forward. I must speak of the people’s anguish.

Sabi nga ni Ka Amado Hernandez, isang pambansang alagad ng sining:

Kung wala mang maglalamay sa gabi ng pagbabangon
Lumuha ka nang lumuha’t ang laya mo’y nakaburol

Kasama ng taumbayan, I say: I AM NOT SORRY.

Thursday, December 18, 2008 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Bloggers on Mar Roxas' expletive outburst

It has been four (4) days since Senator Mar Roxas made the (in)famous speech during an anti-Cha-Cha rally in Makati.

"Putang ina" was the word that caught the attention of everyone. Was it a political stunt? I think it wasn't. It was an ordinary feeling of the Filipino disgusted on the way how Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's administration has continued to fool them by pushing Charter Change (Cha-Cha) for her own sake and Senator Roxas wasn't able to control those emotions. It was a rally against the Cha-Cha that Gloria's administration is pushing. Why I said it is for her own sake? She should have the balls to stop it if her people prefers Cha-Cha after 2010!

As I was blog-hopping, I read several posts about the post-reaction on the incident. Indeed, the profane language he used was justified.

As political blogger Schumey said:
... the highlight and the most controversial is the speech by Mar Roxas who verbalized the sentiments of the people by saying "putang ina". There was no other way to describe the disdain we felt and Mar Roxas got it spot on.
The Mount Balatucan Monitor has made a good point on why Roxas' curse was justified:
I don’t see any wrong with what Roxas said. It was justified. People should remember that Friday’s activity is not a testimonial dinner or an inspirational talk. It’s a protest demonstrating the anger of the majority of the Filipino people of moves to extend some greedy people in power beyond their constitutional terms. With the number of abuses this administration has committed, twisting the laws, a policy of lying, cheating and corruption that even the most reserved people cannot stomach all of these anymore. The emotions are high so the “putang ina” calling is very appropriate.
Let us remember that the curse was intended for the Cha-Cha that the administration is pushing, not Gloria.

So, what if it was not Senator Roxas who made that cursing speech? Slap Happy makes a good point here:
But believe me, if that was the typical Juan Dela Cruz who made the speech,the one who has been receiving the tail end of all this corruption, bankcruptcy, hunger and poverty; he'd end up saying far more worse cuss words than Putang ina.
And one thing that has been also proven that Senator Roxas will never be, if ever he runs for President in 2010, the candidate of the administration. He has already broke ties with Gloria after his agressive speech. This was what the Midfield blog said:
Having worked with the good senator when he was at the DTI, your Midfielder feels that the net resulkt is now Mar has fully severed any remaining invisibly umbilimcal cord with GMA.
Resorting to expletives may not seem to be the most gentlemanly way of cutting that cord but there is now no way to reattach it.
Now, the speculations of Senator Roxas being an administration lapdog-under-an-opposition-costume has been proven wrong.

And by the way, here's a quick note from the Pinoy Observer about these topic:
Senators are human too. 

Roxas' PI word during anti-Cha Cha rally was justified

"Ngayon gusto ni Gloria na baluktutin ang ating Saligang Batas para manatili sa poder... Putang ina, ano ba 'to!"

Those were the words that Senator Mar Roxas said aggressively in front of around 7,000 people who protested against the proposed Charter Change (Cha-Cha) of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through Constituent Assembly.

Yes, the "putang ina" word was quite offensive, but it was justified. Roxas was not able to control his anger of the administration's continued use of Cha-Cha to perpetuate their self-interests. It was a strong-worded speech he made during the rally.

Roxas advocates Cha-Cha through a Constitutional Convention which its delegates would be elected together with the candidates of local and national positions in 2010.

Roxas is already fed up with the administration's ploy to extend Arroyo's term beyond 2010. Yes, Roxas might run for President in 2010. But we should ensure that if we have Cha-Cha, it should be after 2010 and the elections on that date should not be postponed just because of their self-interests.

Roxas' words were the feelings of every Filipino who are also against a Gloria Forever Constitution. He just wasn't able to control his emotions as it were natural.

It's not about the words. It's all about the issue.

Below is the video of Roxas' agressive speech during the anti-Cha-Cha rally in Makati last December 12.

TUCP supports Senator Mar Roxas' Con-Con proposal

Senator Mar Roxas' proposal to have a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con), and not a Constituent Assembly, (Con-Ass) with the delegates elected simultaneously in the 2010 elections to change the Constitution has already gained the support of the one of the biggest labor organization in the Philippines composed primarily of trade unions, workers' organizations and other groups of workers.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and Senator Roxas support Charter Change (Cha-Cha) but not with Gloria's Con-Ass that would create a Gloria Forever Constitution with Mrs. Arroyo's allies in the House of Representatives maneuvering the amendments to the Constitution.

Below is the article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer about the news:

by Jerome Aning
from Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A moderate workers’ group on Sunday said it was joining the growing opposition led by civil society and Church-based groups to the renewed drive by allies of President Macapagal-Arroyo to amend the Constitution.

Usually supportive of the administration, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) warned of a popular uprising in the event Congress convenes itself into a constituent assembly (Con-ass) to ram through the changes it wants to make to the Constitution.

One of the fears of the opposing groups is that President Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives will push for term extensions for all elected officials among the changes.

"The people are eagerly looking forward to the 2010 presidential election and to a change in government. Exploiting Charter change (Cha-cha) as an excuse to postpone the polls is totally unacceptable," said TUCP secretary general Ernesto Herrera in a statement.

Herrera, a former senator, said postponing the elections would frustrate the people’s hopes for change and could drive them to the streets in an instant.

He said the TUCP supported Sen. Mar Roxas’ proposal for a constitutional convention (Con-con) whose delegates would be elected during the 2010 national polls.

Herrera urged Congress to focus instead from now until 2010 on passing new laws to stimulate the economy, save jobs and provide gainful employment to overseas Filipino workers displaced by the global financial crisis.

Citing the history of constitutional change in the country, Herrera said Filipinos “[had been] able to discern self-serving initiatives by politicians.”

He recalled that the 5th Congress convened itself into a constituent assembly from April 1966 to March 1967 to amend the 1935 Constitution.

In the subsequent plebiscite to ratify the amendments proposed by the assembly, Herrera said the voters rejected the first two resolutions that sought to increase the membership of the House and to allow congressmen to run for delegate to the 1971 constitutional convention.

He said the voters ratified only the third resolution which called for a Con-con.

Mar Roxas 2010 Blogger joins the Blog Prayer Brigade

Heavenly Father, as we turn a new chapter in our history from a divisive and polarizing government, we ask for your guidance and wisdom as we choose our next leader in May 10, 2010. A leader who is admired not only of his charisma and wit, but also of his integrity and sincerity.

Keep us away from violence, apathy and corruption.

Guide the people who want to perpetuate the term of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and remove their term limits in pursuit of their own political interests.

Help us in making this country once again the shining beacon in this part of the world.

This we ask, in your name.


I, Kevin Ray N. Chua, support the cause of the Blog Prayer Brigade for the election of the Future President of the Republic of the Philippines and I do solemnly promise to recite the prayer, which I wrote, in my own convenient time and regularly as possible until the 2010 Presidential Election commences. Let it be written, let it be done.

Copy these rules including the logo above and paste in on your blog as is:

1. Write a short, sincere and meaningful prayer, (in your own words and according to the customs of your religious affiliation) about asking God in guiding our country and fellowmen in choosing the right candidate to vote for in the coming 2010 Philippine Presidential Elections. It can be in your own vernacular, and can be short and long as you please. Remember, the goal of the prayer is not only for Peaceful Election but most of all “for the guidance of choosing the right Presidential candidate to vote in the election

2. Publish the prayer for everyone to Read in your blog.

3. Go to the Blog Prayer Brigade Main Page which is located here, and get one of the badges or banners for the brigade. Place the badge or banner in your Sidebar until the 2010 Presidential Elections commence.

4. Make an oath by filling the blank below with your handle/or name
I, _____________________(name) support the cause of the Blog Prayer Brigade for the election of the Future President of the Republic of the Philippines and I do solemnly promise to recite the prayer, which I wrote, in my own convenient time and regularly as possible until the 2010 Presidential Election commences. Let it be written, let it be done.
5. Tag at least 7 Pinoy bloggers you know who haven’t done this before so that the prayer will spread wherever there is a pinoy blogger present.

6. Keep you promise of praying for the Presidential Election so that God may guide us in choosing the right leader for our country.

7. In January 2010, we will gather all the names and prayers of each participants and publish all their prayers in one Blog. We will also feature in the blog the most beautiful prayer ever composed in this project.

————–COPY ENDS HERE————–
Now, I’m tagging Jerry, Janette, Tonyo, Arbet, Noemi, Xerxes and Mark.

Friday, December 5, 2008 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments [ More ]

Music Picks' 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways promo

Music Picks 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Giveaways promo officialy starts today. As a small way of thanking the blog's loyal readers, visitors, and friends, they are giving away gifts, prizes, freebies, presents, or whatever you call them for twelve straight days. And, to make it a bit exciting, the blogger won’t reveal the prizes until the day he has to give them away. Sounds exciting!

Just a clue, most are music-related stuff (CDs will absolutely be on the list) but the blogger will be including other good stuff as well which he believe winners will surely enjoy. But of course, you have to pre-qualify to have the chance to win.

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A) Subscribe through e-mail (FREE) by filling out the blog's e-mail subscription form.
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C) Do both (subscribe and make a blog post). This will double your entry as well, so more chance to win.

Once you are done, leave a comment on this post including your Name, E-mail and link of your blog entry. Existing e-mail subscribers are automatically pre-qualified.

Pre-qualification will be from December 3-19 and everyone who made it to the cut-off will receive notification and updates via e-mail about the prizes to be given away and the mechanics on how to win them.

The contest will run daily from December 20-31 and all those who pre-qualify have the chance to win. There might be several mechanics but of course, the blogger will try to come up with those which participants will enjoy.

Anyone with local address in the Philippines can join. And of course, prizes will be delivered anywhere within the country.

For questions, leave a comment below. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 | posted in , , , | 2 comments [ More ]

Roxas to join anti-Cha-Cha protests; Bobit Avila supports Roxas' Con-Con proposal

Senator Mar Roxas on Tuesday again reiterated he would do everything to stop an alleged "Gloria Forever" plot including joining protest activities in the streets.

We must support him in saying NO to a Charter Change (Cha-Cha) that would give us a "Gloria Forever" constitution.

Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's allies in the House are railroading a Cha-Cha through Constituent Assembly, wherein the Congress formally convenes to propose amendments or revisions to the 1987 constitution; and under Article XVII of the Constitution of the Philippines, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its Members. The Supreme Court has not yet gave a jurisprudence on whether the Senate and the House of Representatives would be voting jointly or voting separately. If voting jointly, then the Senators would be easily defeated by their fellow solons while voting separately would give a balance of voice between the two chambers.

Senator Roxas and the Liberal Party has reiterated their rejection of convening Congress into a Constituent Assembly and instead called for the holding of a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) in 2010.

Under Article XVII, Sec.3 of the Constitution of the Philippines: “The Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of all its Members, call a constitutional convention, or by a majority vote of all its Members, submit to the electorate the question of calling such a convention.” The voters would be electing a set of delegates from the best and the brightest to draft a new Constitution with less or even without political compromise.

Senator Roxas and I share the same opinion. I have been a long-time advocate of Cha-Cha through Con-Con for it is more apolitical that Con-Ass wherein we have Congressmen and Senators that have the tendency to give in to their political interests.

This proposal, which was also pushed by Senator Richard Gordon, earned the support by one of Cebu's respected columnist in the Freeman and in the Philippine Star Valeriano "Bobit" Avila. I read today his column in the Freeman when he was saying that Cha-Cha has now three (3) support groups.

Please do help us STOP the Gloria Forever Constitution. We don't want to dance the Cha-Cha with Gloria.

Click here to view the Liberal Party's newspaper ad about the Gloria Forever Constitution.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 | posted in , , | 3 comments [ More ]

LP calls for Constitutional Convention in 2010; Says no to "Gloria Forever" Constitution

The Liberal Party will oppose by all means the attempts to change the Constitution and perpetuate the wrongdoings of the present administration, its President Senator Mar Roxas said today.

To counter the ongoing moves in the House by allies of the Arroyo Administration to push a "Gloria Forever" Constitution, LP senators and congressmen will file separate bills in the Senate and the House of Representatives calling for a constitutional convention to be elected in the 2010 national elections, Roxas said.
"Kitang-kita natin sa pagpilit nitong Cha-Cha sa mababang kapulungan na ang gusto ng ating kababayan ay binalewala para lang dito sa 'Gloria Forever' na Saligang Batas (We can see that by forcing Cha-Cha in the lower House that the will of our people has been ignored for this 'Gloria Forever' Constitution)," he said, referring to attempts in the House of Representatives to railroad amendments to the Constitution that would remove term limits for the incumbent President.

"Maski ilang congressman pa ang sumuporta sa Cha-Cha ay kailangan pa rin ang hiwalay na boto ng Senado rito dahil ito ang demokratikong proseso natin (No matter how many congressmen support Cha-Cha, a separate vote by the Senate is still needed, because this is our democratic process)," he said.
The Ilonggo senator said that the government should prioritize helping the people during the global economic crisis, whose effects have yet to be fully felt in the country.
"Mas lalo pang mahihirapan ang taong bayan, at mas maraming mawawalan ng trabaho, kung hindi tumigil itong pagwasak sa ating demokrasya at ekonomiya (Our people are going to experience even greater hardships, and more will lose their jobs, if the destruction of our democracy and economy does not stop)," he said.
Roxas maintained that if a constituent assembly is to be convened, this should be voted on separately by the House and Senate. However, the Liberal Party will push for a constitutional convention consisting of duly elected delegates in 2010.
"Kung papalitan ang Saligang Batas, ay hindi dapat makinabang ang mga kasalukuyang opisyal. Kaya tinutulak ng Partido Liberal ang isang constitutional convention, na ang miyembro ay pipiliin kasabay ng halalan ng 2010 (If we are to change our Constitution, the present officials should not benefit. That is why the Liberal Party is pushing a constitutional convention, whose members will be chosen at the same time as the 2010 elections)," he said.

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