Manila has always been an uphill climb for administration candidates and Liberal Party (LP) presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd admits that 2016 won’t be different.
Roxas kicked off his visit to Manila, which has at least 1.02 million voters, by campaigning with former Manila mayor and LP mayoral candidate Alfredo Lim in a Muslim community in San Miguel district.
“I continue to work on making my platforms clear to our people. Metro Manila has been a part of our progress in creating jobs. Ganun pa man, mahirap talaga ang buhay dito sa Kamaynilaan kaya ang disappointment level ay mas matindi dito [Be that as it may, life is really hard here in Manila and so the disappointment level is more intense here],” he said when asked how he would change the tide in his favor in what is considered an opposition bailiwick.
“And we expect that once our platforms are presented clearly, once they [Manila voters] are able to see that there have been gains in the last five years… that it is right to continue the good governance,” Roxas added.
His presidential bid was endorsed by Lim before the Muslim community ahead of the proclamation rally set at 6 p.m. on Monday.
In a Pulse Asia survey released a week ago and conducted March 8 to 13, Roxas got a measly nine percent in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila), which includes Manila.
In the survey, he was ranked fourth behind Sen. Grace Poe who scored 30 percent, Vice President Jejomar Binay (29 percent) and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (23) percent.
Roxas vowed before the Muslim community to push for resolution of the armed conflict in Mindanao even if the Aquino administration failed to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
“There has to be broad consultations. We have to find out the reasons why there was misunderstanding, what are the provisions[that]were not clear, why this [BBL] was not passed in Congress and the Senate. We need to clarify those so that we will be able to take proper actions,” he said.
“There’s a saying that wrong diagnosis leads to wrong prescription,” Roxas added.
He pointed out that the country’s progress would go hand in hand with that of the Bangsamoro under a Roxas administration.
“We won’t stop pursuing peace because without peace, there is no progress,” Roxas said.