‘Mar should not rely on PNoy’s endorsement’


The endorsement of President Benigno Aquino 3rd does not guarantee a candidate’s victory in 2016, according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.

Belmonte said Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, the presumptive standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party, should not rely on Aquino’s endorsement.

“That (endorsement) is just a bonus. I don’t think it should be the principal consideration at all,” Belmonte, the LP Vice Chairman, told reporters.

Roxas has been trailing in surveys on probable presidential bets. He ranked fourth in the Pulse Asia survey, behind former President Joseph Estrada and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe. In the Social Weather Stations poll, Roxas ranked third but still way behind Binay and Poe.

Belmonte said instead of relying on the President’s anointment, Roxas should work his way up the best way– by himself.

“He can continue to work on it. It’s a good thing that by October, these officials who are running will be forced to resign. They won’t be a part of the official family, they can disagree with the President if they want to, they can do their thing, sell their own dream,” the speaker pointed out.

Belmonte, however, conceded that Roxas will have a tough time overtaking Poe.

“Grace’s ratings are too good. She has been performing quite well. She has led the passage of the FOI (Freedom of Information) bill and the inquiry on the Mamasapano tragedy. And being in the Senate is really the easiest way to go up because they have national constituency,” the House leader said.

On the other hand, Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali believes that Roxas deserves to be the next president he did something that resulted in economic growth and jobs: developing the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry.

Umali noted that it was Roxas who, as secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry in 2000, jumpstarted the BPO industry by broadening tax incentives to attract call center investors and initiating the creation of the Call Center Association of the Philippines to ensure its growth.

Umali noted that Roxas also launched the “Make IT Philippines” project and organized the first IT-enabled services road show to the United States which drew the biggest global industry names to invest in the country.


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  1. If we have to elect an official…we need to think first who is not corrupt and has a margin regarding the administration’s choice…

  2. Yung tulad ni Mar Roxas ang dapat para sa bansa kaya bahala sila sa buhay nila kung ieendorso ba sya o hindi basta ko sya ang susuportahan ko tapos. . .

  3. I don’t know about the other candidates but I’ll go for Roxas because of his advocacy to stop corruption in our country,

  4. maging makatotohanan tayo. kurapsyon ang pinakamalaking problema ng bansa at yan ang dapat supilin, eh si mar lang naman ang may adhikaing pigilan yan kaya dun na tayo sa kayang supilin ito.

  5. I see what’s happening here, PNoy is very sure that Roxas can continue what he started it’s just that there people around him that wants to steal his place. . .

  6. If we think well and be smart we’ll see what’s really happening here. Roxas has the capabilities of serving us and becoming the next president, even President Aquino knows it.

  7. Sa tingin ko naman ay pagbibigay lang yan ng respeto kay pnoy tska kay pnoy na din mismo nanggaling na si mar yung potensyal na ituloy yung mga nasimulan nya.

  8. Punish the Sinners on

    I would go for Mar Roxas simply because he can stop corruption, he can do the things a president needs to do.

  9. To be honest Mar is the one who I see that has a potential on being our next president. PNoy saw that too that’s why he is endorsing Mar.

  10. June Uychengco on

    Sige Sec. Mar, takbo na kasi pero keep the pace kasi maraming balyahan pag malapit na sa finish line. Mahirap nang matalisod sa mga dirty tactics ng iba.

  11. Pnoy has no moral ascendancy to endorse any Presidential candidate. Any person endorsed by Aquino is a kiss of death and will be his last appearance in the election. Pnoy’s performance in his government is below sea level that could lead to further damage to our country if someone will be given with the same style of governance that Pnoy had.