THE way former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas is campaigning reveals his dictatorial tendencies and if he wins, the country should be prepared for a “de facto martial law,” Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) warned on Wednesday.
Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes said the tactics employed by the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate as part of his “win at all costs” strategy showed “telltale signs” of Roxas’ “dictatorial tendencies.”
“The systematic elimination of your rivals; the use of government resources to secure victory; and the use of threats to coerce politicians to support you—if Roxas is willing to do this to win, then he will not hesitate to do the same to attain his objectives when he is in power,” Reyes added.
LP members are reportedly being pressured to support Roxas under threat of administrative cases. In Negros Occidental, local candidates have allegedly been warned to support Roxas or the ruling local party United Negros Alliance (Unega) will make life “difficult for them.” The threats were reportedly issued by the head of Unega, reelectionist Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., who vowed to field opponents against politicians who will not support Roxas.
Reyes scored the administration bet for the string of disqualification cases filed against Senator Grace Poe, the “malicious cancer-rumor” against Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and efforts to imprison Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“The signs are everywhere. The Roxas camp is eliminating all of its political opponents via the filing of all sorts of administrative and criminal cases under the precept of the administration’s anti-corruption campaign,” the Bayan leader stressed.
“Some of these cases may have merits, but the timing and the selective application of this anti-corruption campaign is dubious. Selective justice is one of the hallmarks of a dictator,” explained Reyes.
He decried the use of government resources to boost Roxas’ candidacy.
“Imagine a presidential spokesman whose salary is paid by taxpayers loudly campaigning for Roxas. And the Official Gazette, posting article after article supportive of the Roxas campaign. We should also remember that Roxas did not immediately resign from his post even after he announced his candidacy. He even went around distributing patrol jeeps to local governments,” he said.