Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd reportedly went to the Manila North Cemetery on Wednesday night to visit the gravesite of his grandfather and namesake, President Manuel Roxas, “to pray for guidance,” a friend of the presumptive standard-bearer of the Liberal Party in the 2016 elections said on Thursday.
President Roxas served from 1946 until his death in 1948. He briefly served as the third and last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from May 28, 1946 to July 4, 1946, subsequently becoming the first President of the independent Third Philippine Republic after the United States ceded its sovereignty over the Philippines.
Roxas, who is set to be declared by President Benigno Aquino 3rd as the administration party’s presidential candidate in next year’s elections, also visited the gravesites of his father, Gerardo, and brother, Gerardo Jr. or Dinggoy.
Gerardo or Gerry served as senator from 1963 until martial law was declared in 1972 and was the running mate of President Diosdado Macapagal in the 1965 elections, which Ferdinand Marcos won.
Dinggoy was congressman of Roxas City (Capiz) from 1987 until his death in 1993. His brother, Mar, succeeded him after winning in a special election to fill up the vacated seat.
“He sought for strength through his late family members’ guidance. We stayed over an hour in the cemetery,” according to Roxas’ friend–a lawmaker–who accompanied the Interior chief.
Among those who joined Roxas in the North Cemetery were Representatives Jorge Banal, Kit Belmonte and Alfred Vargas of Quezon City; Dan Fernandez of Laguna; Boy Blue Abaya of Cavite; Barry Gutierrez of Akbayan party-list; Carol Jane Lopez of You Against Corruption party-list; and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman.
Roxas and his friends later had a late dinner on Tomas Morato Street where they feasted on bangus, sinigang and Vigan longganisa. They went home around 1 a.m. the next day.
Secretary Roxas’ father, Gerry, is a close friend of President Aquino’s father, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. The elder Roxas and Aquino were stalwarts of the LP in the 1960s to the 1970s.