PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday said it is time for Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd to leave his Cabinet.
In his speech during the 114th Police Service Anniversary rites at Camp Crame in Quezon City, Aquino lauded Roxas’ “exemplary leadership” at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), which he headed after succeeding the late Jesse Robredo,who was killed in a plane crash in 2012.
“Ngayon bababa na sa puwesto si Secretary Mar upang hindi mahaluan ng politika ang pagpapakitang-gilas ng DILG at ng ating PNP [Secretary Mar is stepping down from office to avoid adding political color to the good performance of the DILG and Philippine National Police],” the President said.
“Tiwala tayong malalim na ang ugat ng ipinunla niyang mga reporma, na tiyak na yayabong tungo sa higit na pagpapalakas ng ating kapulisan [We are confident that the seed of reform that he planted will flourish to further fortify our police],” he added.
Aquino formally endorsed Roxas as the Liberal Party standard-bearer a few days after his last State of the Nation Address (July 27) as President.
The Interior secretary immediately filed his resignation but Aquino asked him to stay back a little longer.
In his 13-minute speech, Aquino thanked Roxas for dutifully taking on the role left by Robredo.
“Palagay ko, kayo na rin ang sasang-ayon sa mahusay niyang pagtitimon sa ating pambansang pulisya, pati na rin sa Bureau of Fire Protection at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology [I believe you will agree in the good leadership of our national police and the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology],” he said.
According to the President, it was clear that Roxas was able to continue Robredo’s “good initiatives” and had served as a “bridge” to ensure the implementation of reforms in the police force.