• Roxas matriarch pitches for son Mar in crowded Camarin

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    IT took a starstruck crowd jam-packed in a humble covered basketball court and the 51st birthday of Rep. Leni Robredo, vice-presidential candidate under Liberal Party, for Judy Araneta-Roxas to make a speech asking the voters to support her son, LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas.

    The Roxas matriarch joined her grandson Paolo, Robredo, the latter’s daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian, as well as presidential sister Kris Aquino on a campaign stage Saturday morning in Camarin, an area in Metro Manila’s Caloocan City, to pitch for her son in the May 9 elections.

    “I would like to ask a favor from you,” Araneta-Roxas said, addressing the crowd in Filipino in her first speech on the campaign trail in connection with this year’s elections. “Kindly stand up and say, ‘Happy birthday, Ma’am Leni!’ Follow me, ‘Happy birthday, Ma’am Leni! We’ll vote for you, Ma’am Leni,’ ”

    She added, “Kindly also include, ‘We’ll vote for you, Mar Roxas!’ One-two-three, ‘We’ll vote for you, Mar Roxas,’ ”

    In the last Pulse Asia survey, Roxas scored the lowest rating in the National Capital Region (NCR) – including Camarin – with a rating of 7 percent.

    Robredo also finished last in the same survey for the vice-presidential race in NCR, with a 14-percent rating.

    The NCR has at least 6.2 million registered voters.

    The Camarin crowd’s warm reception, however, belied survey numbers and set Araneta-Roxas into a jolly mood. She then introduced herself to the crowd, and even beamed with pride that her son and grandson Paolo look better than her.

    “Thank you,” she continued addressing the crowd. “Maybe most of you don’t know me. I am the mother of Mar Roxas. Look at the picture at the back. Do we look alike? I think not. He looks better. But the best looking is my grandson here.”

    She also told the crowd: “Greetings to you all. I hope you won’t forget to make Mar and Leni win.” LLANESCA PANTI

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