Roxas’ dismal record in govt

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If not for his ruling-class name, and if not for Mommy’s inherited wealth, which he used to win electoral posts and pay for his expensive PR imaging, Roxas really couldn’t have moved further than Capiz: his performance in government in the past two decades has been so utterly dismal, he’s a loser. What he had accomplished is almost entirely the creation of an image for himself as Mr. Palengke, whatever that means. At best, it helped him shed off part of his elite image to garner the most votes in the senatorial race in 2004.

Either his eyes have always been on the presidency ever since Mommy in 1993 ordered him back to the Philippines to continue the clan’s political clout that he couldn’t focus on the tasks before him. Or he’s just not fit for a government job, for some reason.

His personal website lists three laws he championed when he was a congressman from 1993 to 2000, and if you, dear reader, don’t remember what these are, I rest my case. His website says he authored “46 bills” in the 13th Congress, but the site doesn’t even claim any single bill he has shepherded into law. The website only says he has filed this bill and that – 12 of those – but not a single one, not even the Freedom of Information Act, had been enacted into law.

Roxas was DTI secretary, first under President Estrada from January 2000 to November that year, and then under President Arroyo from 2001 to 2004, suddenly becoming one of her most vitriolic critics. (His first word in an anti-Arroyo rally, shouted in anger: “Pu….ina!”) Roxas, indeed, has proven to be so quick to join political lynch mobs, to be at their forefront, his gaze always at the presidency.


The Department of Transport and Communications under him ran to the ground a showpiece of previous administrations as the MRT-3, making hell out of Filipinos’ daily commute in Metro Manila. It can’t even deliver such basic things as drivers’ licenses and car plates – many months after citizens have paid for them. Roxas brought his ineptness to the Department of Interior and Local Government, with tragic consequences: the massacre of 44 elite troops in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Knowing that his troops were being encircled for the kill early that tragic day, he didn’t do anything to save them, even as President Aquino was by his side the whole day.

Newspaper article disputing Roxas credit-grabbing

Newspaper article disputing Roxas credit-grabbing

You don’t have to take it from me. Following are two accounts of Roxas’ performance: the first in 2003 by Babe Romualdez, a Philippine Star columnist and a respected PR and businessman, not known to be an impulsive critic of government; the second, the refutation by a pioneer of the business-processing industry of Roxas’ boast that he nurtured that huge dollar-earning sector.

Babe Romualdez in his April 13, 2003 column “Babe’s Eye View:”

“On several occasions, I have expressed my disappointment about Mar Roxas’ performance as DTI secretary, the same disappointment raised by a number of business groups. However, let me make myself perfectly clear: I have nothing personal against Secretary Mar Roxas. In fact, I still consider him as a friend, although the feeling may not be mutual. In fact, very early on, I told him on one occasion that a large group of businessmen are very disappointed about his performance, and that he should meet them as soon as possible. He did not listen.

That’s why these businessmen banded themselves together and came out with full-page ads to air their long-standing and unheeded complaints. They have reason to come out with these ads because it is apparent that the DTI secretary is simply glossing over the issues. They desperately need protection because businesses are closing left and right, and jobs are already being lost on account of Mar’s indifference.

Very recently, Petronas of Malaysia and British Petroleum have decided to pull out their US$340 million dollar investment from Bataan Polyethylene. They were so disgusted because for the last five years that Mar Roxas sat as DTI secretary, he has done nothing to address their problems, particularly in the area of tariff.

This is another big black eye on the country’s already volatile economy. This plant could have directly and indirectly employed over 300,000 Filipino workers. However, those jobs are now gone. Uniden has also packed its bags and left, laying off its 2,000-strong workforce. JG Summit Petrochemical Plant may eventually follow suit. So, you’ve got Sec. Cito Lorenzo creating one million jobs on one side and Sec. Mar Roxas cutting off hundreds of thousands of jobs on the other.

Now you tell me, who is protecting whose interests?

Obviously, the DTI has other concerns than the well-being of the local industry and the Filipino workers. Instead of creating jobs and protecting the local workforce, Mar is not doing anything to slow down the opening of our market, which puts at risk the local industries. Have you ever wondered why this country is always neck deep in a budget deficit? With more and more workers being laid off, and with more and more companies closing, the result is a decline in tax revenue, resulting in a huge budget shortfall. What is more disturbing is Mar’s quick-fix solution to solve the budget deficit: by selling the so-called “crown jewels;” blue chip corporations such as Pagcor; and by putting on the block Philippine properties abroad. This is a typical investment-banker kind of mentality.

The closure of numerous companies sent shock waves in the employment sector. In 2001, more than 71,700 Filipinos lost their jobs, while in 2002, more than 77,601 were laid off; an 8.1 percent increase in job losses. As of 2001, about 3.423 million of the country’s workers were without jobs, while 4.625 million were unemployed. In the semiconductor industry alone, although 6,800 new workers were taken in 2002, more than 15,000 were laid off during the latter part of the year.

In fact, 16 percent of office spaces in the Makati area are now vacant; and the number is still growing. From 2000 to 2002, numerous investment companies have left the country: DBS Vickers Securities, Salomon Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch Securities, HSBC Securities, Citicorp Securities Inc., and Worldsec International Securities, among others. During the first five months of 2001, Merrill Lynch was the top broker in the area of market transactions. The following month, it suddenly closed shop.

What we have here are cold, hard facts and figures, permanent records of what had happened, and are still happening to the business sector since Mar Roxas became DTI secretary.

These are the very reasons why the local industrial sector is virtually up in arms. Their businesses are collapsing, while their efforts to improve the economy’s health are being ignored, or worse, spurned. Their cry for government to help them fell largely on deaf ears. They are also extremely worried about the thousands more of their employees that would be losing their jobs if nothing is done.”

March 6, 2016 report in The Manila Standard, entitled: “BPO industry pioneer: Gloria, not Mar did it.”

“Industry pioneer Oscar Sañez, who led the IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines from 2007 to 2011, disputed Roxas’ credit-grabbing and said the industry’s phenomenal growth should go to Arroyo.

Sañez said there were only 2,400 call center workers in 2000 when Roxas was named DTI secretary and he served less than a year because he resigned in 2001 at the height of the second People Power uprising against then President Joseph Estrada.

Although he was later re-appointed by Arroyo, he resigned the DTI portfolio in 2003 because he wanted to run for senator.

While Roxas was attending to his politics, Sañez said the industry grew at an average of 65 percent per annum over a decade and had nearly half a million workers by the end of 2009, which was Mrs. Arroyo’s last full year in office.

Even when Roxas was no longer in the DTI, total export revenues generated by the IT-BPO industry grew from only $1.3 billion in 2003 to $8.9 billion in 2010.

“I know how much the business process offshoring and outsourcing sector owes Mrs. Arroyo. We are proud to describe ourselves as a successful model of real private public partnership or PPP,” Sañez added.

He said the Arroyo administration’s support to the industry included the creation of the ITBPAP, creation of the Commission on Information and Communication Technology, providing investor support through the accreditation of buildings used by the industry, completion of infrastructure projects like airports, and training vouchers from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority worth over P800 million from 2007-09.”

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  1. This is from Juan Miguel “Mike” Acuña:

    Mar Roxas did the groundwork and lit the fire that resulted in the BPO industry today. Some credit GMA with it but that’s not true. Mar laid the groundwork and launched “Make I.T. Philppines” campaign in year 2000. GMA took over from Erap in 2001. The BPO Idustry boomed during her term without her doing the real work. The pioneers in the BPO know who did what had to be done to grow it so in 2010 they put up full page ads naming Mar “Father of the Call Center Industry”. I stated the above to establish Mar’s credibility when it comes to addressing job generation.

  2. This is from Juan Miguel “Mike” Acuña: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UpXnu8oU9HJxkz3ujHjciXr8cFh7xLHoAvViX1zRstE/mobilebasic?pli=1

    Mar Roxas did the groundwork and lit the fire that resulted in the BPO industry today. Some credit GMA with it but that’s not true. Mar laid the groundwork and launched “Make I.T. Philppines” campaign in year 2000. GMA took over from Erap in 2001. The BPO Idustry boomed during her term without her doing the real work. The pioneers in the BPO know who did what had to be done to grow it so in 2010 they put up full page ads naming Mar “Father of the Call Center Industry”. I stated the above to establish Mar’s credibility when it comes to addressing job generation.

  3. Beregob Gobangco on

    Philippines need a cleansing…the next president must apply the rule of law to all criminal. We need peace in order in our community to attract more investors and tourists, so that there will be more jobs…ACTION ACTION ACTION!!! We need DUTERTE and BONG BONG MARCOS..

  4. Victoria Confesor on

    Eto ba kalaban ni mar roxas….puro naman vulgar ang mga sinasabi…akala ko ba bawal ang mga ganyang salita dito….lalo naming bobotohin si roxas kung ganyan kayo.Di ako magtataka kung di ninyo ilagay ang comment ko. Thank you.

  5. Mar Roxas, the presidential candidate one of the worst person ever employed as government employee. Fools are those who elected him and those that will elect him this year. peste siya at si noynoy.

    • that’s why they will protect the business interest of ninong danding…irregardless kung mamatay na lang ang mga coconut farmers!

  6. SI MAR ROXAS???????????

    HE IS THE BIGGEST CLUELESS BLOKE OUT OF University of Pennsylvania aka Wharton School of Economics….

    WALANG KARI-KARISMA ANG MGA SALITA, AT LALONG WALANG KAKREDI-KREDIBILIDAD ANG MGA SALITA NA NAMUMUTAWI SA MGA PINAGSASASABI NANG GUNGGONG NA PALENGKERRO NA IYA….PALIBHASA NAPAPAG UTUSAN LANG NANG MAMA NIYA, NAPAPAG UTUSAN NANG WATOT NIYA, AT LALONG NAPAPAG UTUSAN AT UTU-UTO NI KALBO’NG ABNOY NOYNOY….na ituloy lang daw basta ang nasimulan na DAMBUHALANG RAKET NANG KORAPSYON NA DAANG MATUWID….HINDI BA KAYO NASUSULASOK SA MGA
    HAND GESTURES NANG INUTIL NA MAR SA MGA SALITA NIYA ? NA NAGPAPATUNAY NA HE IS THE BIGGEST CLUELESS LOSER IN TOWN….. at gusto niya I voto nyo sya para Presidente!!! WAG KANG MANG UNGGOY MAR, ALAM NANG TAONG BAYAN ANG TUNAY MONG KALISKIS…..

  7. Wonder of wonders if the Incompetent One is so stu..pid why is he appointed in sooo important positions. Therefore the Prexy who appoints him is also stu..pid.

  8. Walang originality kasi si Mar. Eh laos na ang L sign. Ni wala nga ni anino niya sa EDSA1 e katabi lang ng bahay niya EDSA. This poor guy but rich man needs the best advertisement he could find. Maraming nainis na commuters sa MRT3 sa hirap ng kanilang dinanas, kaya its payback time.

  9. Well, with Grace Poe not being DQ’d by the SC, Roxas is finished. Judging by the voting of the Justices, PNoy has abandoned Roxas. Roxas is no longer relevant. Poor guy. He gave up his dignity. He gave up his pride. He probably even made a cynical, calculated choice for a trophy wife which backfired on him. Roxas was so obsessed with the presidency, he thought it was an entitlement for him. Well, all that cynical calculation and undignified behavior was all for nothing, thanks to the person Roxas thought he could attach his star to, PNoy. PNoy has shafted Roxas many time. First, when PNoy swept out the presidential candidacy from under Roxas after Cory died. Roxas sacrificed his dignity by settling for the VP position, calculating that it could propel him to the big prize. Well, PNoy shattered that when PNoy suspiciously allowed Chiz and the Samar group to campaign for a ‘NoyBi” ticket, possibly to box-in Mar. Again, PNoy shafted Mar when, as the top law enforcer in the land as DILG secretary, he was kept in the dark regarding Oplan Exodus. Now this. PNoy, on the other hand, must have seen the handwriting on the wall. PNoy badly needs a sympathetic president to succeed him. Otherwise, it will be jail time for him. PNoy and his closest advisers saw that Mar could not cut it. Mar was unelectable as a presidential candidate. Hence, Grace Poe. Poor Mar! But he may well have brought it all upon himself. Blind ambition leads a person to do stupid things. In Mar’s case, he not only did a lot of stupid things. He compromised his dignity as well. He has sunk to new lows as a human being.

    • With the latest action of the supreme court, it is very clear that Pinoy’s Manchurian candidate is Grace Poe. Pero actually, when one will analyze all the facts, dalawa ang lifesavers ni Pinoy in this election. Poe and worse comes to worst, Binay. Sigurista si Abnoy.

    • Rodan Guerrero on

      Such is the thing to have with Grace Poe…a woman born with LIES who, just like Mar is so crazy to become president of this country. It is very clear that there was an under the table transaction which gave the green light for her to pursue her foolish and selfish ambition. How I wish this nation would emerge like Japan, but how could this happen if the choices are of Sub-standard quality? In Japan, people do not care who is elected because all and every candidate who seek offices in government are more than qualified. In the Philippines the situation is opposite. In the early life of this republic, we had RECTO, TANADA, SALONGA, MARCOS, DIOKNO and many others who all have performed very well as lawmakers. Now? we have SOTTO, LAPID, REVILLA and many others who are all unfits. The worst is PACQUIAO and ALMA MORENO are even running for the senate. At present we have an incumbent whom they call the MOSY STUPID AND THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER ELECTED IN THIS COUNTRY! In my own sense of understanding GRACE POE is WORST than AQUINO…electing another incompetent president will finally put this country to the dust bin!

    • Kawawang Mar Roxas, ginawa na lahat…Nag driver, nag kargador, nag traffic enforcer..tsk..tsk…hanggang ngayon tinatraydor.
      Tama ka he may have brought all these things for himself. Dapat kase nung initsapwera sya kuno sa Mamasapano nag resign na sya sa administrasyon. Nakabuti oa siguro sa kanya. Wala eh..sunudsunuran kay NoyP. Alang sariling paninindigan.

    • roxas sacrificed for pnoy? roxas was losing before pnoy came up. pnoy gave him a graceful exit. pero talo pa rin sa VP.

      roxas got a lot of chances to prep for this election but his dotc and dilg performances was close to none.

  10. Roxas and Aquino see Binay as a social climber who now after 30 yrs feels and acts like an oligarch unlike the two who are true blue oligarch by birth. Binay was just an errand man to Cory and was awarded as an oic in Makati after edsa

  11. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Let now the people decide from among the five. God save the Philippines.

  12. And he would like us to support him in replicating his anemic, dismal performances in the Congress, DTI, DOTC and DILG as president through the tuwad na daan and republikang walang plaka?

  13. YES, MAR ROXAS WAS A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT UNDER PGMA AS DTI SECRETARY THERE WERE PEOPLE LOOKING FOR HIM EVERYWHERE BUT HE WAS TNT (TAGO NG TAGO) UNTIL THAT PEOPLE GAVE UP.

    THE SAID PEOPLE ARE THE PROPONENT THAT MADE FEASIBILITY STUDY ON OPERATING AND REHABILITATING THE ILIGAN CITY INTEGRATED STEEL MILLS IF OPEN PEOPLE FROM 2 LANAO PROVINCES AND MISAMIS PROVINCES, AS FAR AS PAGADIAN CITY IN ZAMBOANGA SUR AND BUKIDNON ARE TO BENIFIT ECONOMICALLY, CREATING MORE JOBS WITH THE DOWNSTREAM INDUSTRY.

    WHAT MAR ROXAS DID IS TAGO NG TAGO. HE DID NOT REALIZE THAT THE SAID STEEL MILLS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST IN SOUTHEAST ASIA DURING MARCOS TIME AND PRODUCING QUALITY STEEL PLATES USED FOR SHIPBUILDING AND QUALITY STEEL BILLETS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF OTHER STEEL PRODUCTS FOR CARS, ENGINES, TRACTORS, ETC.

    NOW, THE SAID STEEL MILLS WAS MADE TO ROT AND ITS MAJOR COMPONENTS WERE SHIPPED TO INDIA BY ITS NEW OWNER GLOBAL STEEL OF INDIA.

    IS THAT KIND OF PRESIDENT YOU WANT. TAGO NG TAGO

    • What the fuck!! They let those damn fucking Bumbays steal and ship out those crucial plant components which could still be utilized by the succeeding owner/ operator of the steel plant. Our country really need this plant for us to be highly industrialized and globally competitive. Zero votes for LP in May 2016!

    • The ultimate balimibing kase sya. Panahon ni Erap, nilayasan si Erap.Panahon ni GMA, nilayasan si GMA! Yan inilaglag tuloy ng Samar Group nung 2010. Kala nya siguro sure win sya as VP pag nag give way sya at naki ride on sa popularity ni NoyP nun…Napala nya!Ngayon naman mukhang tinatraydor na naman dahil si Poe pala ang talagang manok ng Malakanyang.

  14. Naku Bobi, ganun talaga pag mama’s boy – walang sariling pagiisip at walang sariling bayag. I guess, deep in his heart, he knows he can never win the Presidency but it was always Mommy who is pushing him for financial reasons and a misplaced dream of regaining past glory beside the threat of losing inheritance “if he does not follow what mama says”. Indeed, Mommy wanted the name Roxas to be enshrined in history but unfortunately, money alone can never win people’s hearts and minds.

    For him to succeed on his own, he has to shred somebody’s tagline and create his own brand. But then, it would be very hard to sell a product based on advertising alone. With his debacle in the Yolanda Incident, the Mamasapano Massacre would have been an ideal instance where he may have fashioned a way to create an image of decisiveness, independence and wisdom but he only exhibited a weakling and a eunuch image that a Leader can never be. It is just unfortunate that people around him are taking advantage of his weaknesses and are just pandering to his whims and ego just to get his money during this campaign season. Surely, in the world of the street-smart, the guy is the paragon of the “utu-uto” and “madaling lokohin”. He can not just get over with his infatuation of benigno?

    • M C you got it right,,,UTO UTO,,and the way the mother acts is talagang mga Burgis,,,the guy could never handle any job that put him in a position of making a decision,any kind of decision,,GUTLESS,,walang bayag,,

    • This administration is being run by another mama’s boy, and look what’s happened? And, with the Supreme Court declaring Grace Poe eligible to run for President that mama’s boy just proved to everyone that the country does not need a democracy with 3 co-equal branches of government to supposedly serve as check and balance for each other. As President, with vast resources as his disposal he has dictated Congress, and now the Supreme Court to follow his whim. We are definitely on the “Matuwid na Daan” to hell. God, please save the Philippines.

  15. Mar shouting “ako ang daang matuwid” several times during a rally in olango island mactan cebu to a sparse crowd! What a jerk!!

    • Pagpasensiyahan nyo na si Mar – napaglilipasan na ng gutom at hindi mapagkatulog sa dahilang kakaisip sa nangyayari sa kanya kung siya ba ang kandidato ni Abnoy.

    • That’s something weird, I wonder if he’s taking drugs lately, alam daw niya kung saan makabili, siguro meron din sa Cebu. Nakakainsulto na ramdam ko na hindi sincere ang sinasabi niya.

  16. Roxas is not even good for Capiz. He performed poorly in Government. That’s it. As simple as that.

  17. tagaDumantay on

    “Very recently, Petronas of Malaysia and British Petroleum have decided to pull out their US$340 million dollar investment from Bataan Polyethylene.”
    Tiglao, you are partly wrong in saying the departure of this companies were due to Mar. Polyethylene is business is down now a days and even Petronas is closing some chemical plants in Malaysia due unfavorable business climate.

    • I think that part of Petronas pulling out was quoted from an article by Babes R. in 2003. Please read again Mr Tiglao’s article.

    • Basahin mo muna from the start yung article ni Mr Bobi Tiglao bago ka pumasok sa “Kill”. small knowledge is dangerous! Kakahiya papabulish ka ng comment pero hindi mo naman inuunawa yung content ng column.