Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday scoffed at the official proclamation of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd as the Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer in the 2016 elections as his political spokesman said the latter’s choice was already “expected and anti-climactic.”
Speaking to reporters in Cavite, the Vice President said the coming out of Roxas as a presidential aspirant will only highlight who between them is competent and experienced in effective governance.
Binay was in Cavite to witness the forging of an alliance between his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and the local political party Magdalo, which is led by his former spokesman, Gov. Jonvic Remulla.
“Now the public can evaluate who has the competence and experience,” he said.
Binay smirked each time he mentions Roxas’ past Cabinet portfolio from the Department of Trade and Industry under the Estrada administration to the Transportation and Communications and Interior and Local Government departments under the Aquino administration.
He said the DOTC under Roxas’ watch failed to fix the country’s mass transit system, particularly Metro Rail Transit 3 and the Light Rail Transit 1 and LRT 2.
Binay’s political spokesman, Rico Quicho, meanwhile said, “After being showered with much-needed but scantily-deserved praise during [Aquino’s] pep rally disguised as SONA (State of the Nation Address), the anointment of Mar Roxas as the Liberal Party’s 2016 presidential candidate is nothing but expected and actually anti-climactic.”
Quicho noted that “no amount of praise” can change the fact that Roxas “desperately failed in his roles in the present administration.”
“Truth be told, Secretary Roxas simply did not get things done to uplift the lives of our people. Worse, he is petty and vindictive.”
The lawyer questioned Aquino’s anointment of Roxas as his successor, when he is “a study in incompetence and lack of sensitivity for the plight of the downtrodden.”
He recalled the secretary’s “petty mentality” when Roxas allegedly told Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda that cooperation between the national government and the local officials would be difficult because the mayor is a Romualdez while the President is an Aquino.
A video showing Roxas pointing out the feud between the two political families went viral on social media in the immediate aftermath of the super typhoon that hit Eastern Visayas and Central Visayas in 2013.
Quicho, moreover, said Aquino’s pronouncement that “Mar gets things done” is a “lie of the highest order.”
This was a statement that even the President “does not seem to take too seriously,” he added.
“If President Aquino truly believes in the competence of Roxas, why then was he not informed as the Interior secretary about the operation that eventually killed 44 members of the Philippine National Police -Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Mamasapano in January this year?” Quicho asked.
Roxas has fashioned himself to be the only one worthy to continue the administration’s daang matuwid [straight path]” but this daang matuwid is merely a “yellow brick road accessible only by the privileged few who managed to climb their way to [Aquino] and the Liberal Party’s good graces.”
“It has nothing to do with the real and everyday lives of the Filipinos,” Quicho said.
Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s support for the presidential bid of Binay is no longer as solid as before.
In a news briefing on Friday, Estrada said he will back a candidate who will get the sentiment of majority of Filipinos.
“I wish Mar the best. He is a competent and intelligent Cabinet member of the administration. Senator Grace [Poe] is my goddaughter. Vice President Binay is a close friend. I will support the one who will get the support of the majority of the voters,” he added.
The former leader, however,did not say how he will weigh the will of the majority.
“I don’t believe in political parties because after the election they share the benefits just among themselves,” he said.
Estrada added that Poe was right when the senator said anybody, regardless of party affiliation, can implement the straight path governance.
“Why, is [Aquino] the only leader who could lead a straight path,” he said. Estrada denied reports that he is asking the Iglesia Ni Cristo to support Poe.
“I have not talked to Grace since she was elected senator,” he said.