Presidentiable Mar Roxas

From Mr Palengke to Padyokitos, will the KoriMar tandem make a transition from White house to Malacanang?

Born to the wealth of the affluent Araneta Roxas clan, Mar Roxas pretty much covers the smart voters and his engagement with TV host and reporter Korina Sanchez is mitigating the downside by reaching the communications gap in the D and E sectors.

Roxas attended Ateneo de Manila University for his elementary education in 1970 until his graduation in 1974. He pursued his studies for high school in the same school and graduated in 1974. Before attending Wharton School of Economics in the University of Pennsylvania where some of the courses he took in Ateneo de Manila University were credited, but were not enough to constitute a full semester. He earned a degree in economics upon graduation in 1979.

After graduation, he worked for seven years as an investment banker in New York, and became an assistant vice president of the New York-based Allen & Company.

A day after when then President Ferdinand Marcos announced a snap election, he went to his managing director and told him that he would take a leave of absence to join Corazon Aquino’s presidential campaign, the widow of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr., a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of President Marcos.

He left United States in December 26, 1985 at John F. Kennedy Airport and arrived in Iloilo, Philippines in December 31, 1985.

He took over the role as a congressman through a special election when his  brother, Dinggoy, Congressman representing the 1st District of Capiz died of cancer.

Although he was among the most active lawmakers during his time, the people believed he paid more attention to national concerns than that of their locale.

After he garnered the highest votes in the Philippine election history when he ran as Senator, many people had already made him a potential presidential candidate by 2010. While he has been coy on his plans for 2010, the Mar Roxas for president in 2010 movement has been gathering steam with the Liberal Party revival targeting the youth (considering that the bulk of the voting population is aged below 30 years old). Other signs include the sprouting of Mar Roxas for president spots in cyberspace; and his colleagues endorsing him as the party’s standard bearer — Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III declaring him Liberal Party’s candidate for 2010, Liberal Party’s chair emeritus Jovito Salonga introducing him as “the next president of the Philippine republic” and former Liberal Party Chairman Franklin Drilon saying that Roxas is the party’s standard bearer in the 2010 elections.

On January 18, 2008, Senator Edgardo Angara stated that in the upcoming 2010 Presidential elections, there will be at least 7 presidential aspirants namely Roxas, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, Senate President Manuel Villar, Jr., Sen. Loren Legarda, Sen. Richard Gordon, Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metro Manila Development Authority and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay. Sen. Francis Escudero denied any interest in 2010.

New LP President

On November 26, 2007, at Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan, the LP National Executive Council officials resolved to appoint him as president of the Liberal Party (Philippines). Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino and former Senate President Jovito Salonga, inter alia, signed the resolution.

Roxas is to unite the two LP factions, and set the stage for his presidential campaign in the 2010 election.[33] Lito Atienza, however, forthwith questioned Roxas’ appointment, attacking the composition of Liberal Party’s National Executive Council (NECO) and alleged that the Supreme Court of the Philippines’ June 5 resolution ordered the LP leadership’s status quo maintenance. Atienza stated: “I have no invitation. They kicked me out of the meeting; How can you (Roxas) unite the party when you take the wrong step?”

The Senator’s ambivalent positioning on many issues-such as VAT, JPEPA, and Erap’s pardon-stems directly from his liberal upbringing. He finds it difficult to make extreme or absolute positions. He has the well-developed tendency for balanced, nuanced approaches to problems and situations.

This sometimes leads to complicated and intricate explanations of his advocacies that do not resonate with most people at the grassroots. The latter usually prefer short, simple explanations tied to immediate calls for actions.



One Response to “Presidentiable Mar Roxas”

  1. debed Says:

    korina for first lady!

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