IMUS CITY, Cavite: Television and radio news anchor Korina Sanchez on Wednesday bluntly appealed to the public to be wise in selecting the next leader of the nation by not voting for a “thief” into office.
Without categorically naming names, Sanchez told reporters here, “One of the ‘presidentiables’ is a thief. He should explain about the many accusations against him. The bottom line is that the voters must not elect a thief.”
The news anchor, wife of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and the presumptive standard-bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016 national elections, was at Imus Pilot Elementary School in Imus City where she distributed 500 pairs of slippers to school children.
She said going around the country to distribute slippers is one of her advocacies or charity works even when she was not yet married to Roxas.
But when asked where the footwear came from, Sanchez replied, “Mar Roxas.”
She, however, said she has been distributing one million pairs of slippers yearly, which she features in her weekly TV program “Rated K” to instill hope and confidence among school children as well as motivate others to share their blessings in life.
Although she denied that she is now campaigning, Sanchez insisted that among the “presidentiables,” her husband “Mar Roxas is the best bet in 2016.”
She said, “Mar has lots of experience. He was a congressman, senator, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, now secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, and many more. He is competent, has integrity and can be relied upon. While one of the ‘presidentiables’ is a thief, in contrast, Mar has never been involved in any anomaly.”
Although her husband has not been among the top contenders for President in most surveys, Sanchez added that she is confident that “when the election[s]get near and Roxas officially declares his candidacy, that’s the time when his survey rating will go up.”
Next to Cebu as a vote-rich province, Cavite has about 1.5 million voters who historically vote for candidates who oppose a sitting President.