• Roxas plays down LP ‘dumping’

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    NOT HURTING Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd  answers questions from media at the Bulong Pulungan breakfast forum. PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

    NOT HURTING Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd answers questions from media at the Bulong Pulungan breakfast forum. PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

    LIBERAL Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd appeared unperturbed by reports that some stalwarts of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) are poised to dump him to support another presidential candidate.

    “They are welcome to support whoever it is that they want to support. They’re going to do what they are going to do anyway. So I’m focused on explaining to all people, campaigning to all people and presenting our program,” Roxas told The Manila Times on Tuesday.

    He was reacting to an exclusive report by this paper that some LP officials will shift support to the tandem of Senators Grace Poe and Francis “Chiz” Escudero if the survey ratings of Roxas and his running mate, Rep. Leni Robredo, will not improve.

    Roxas ranked third in the latest survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS) with 21 percent.
    Vice President Jejomar Binay topped the survey with 31 percent, followed by Poe who got 24 percent.

    Robredo also trailed Escudero and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who got 28 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

    Despite his low survey rating, Roxas believes he is in a “very good place.”

    He said the people are initially attracted to newcomers but voters will eventually pick him in the end.

    “I courted you for a very long time. You know me very well. I am your neighbor. I know you are just weighing the new candidates and you will eventually come back to the one who is righteous, clean, honest and decent candidate,” Roxas added.

    He said he also believes that Robredo is a “very, very strong candidate” who will surely win the vice presidential race.

    “I see Leni and the crowds take to her instantly. She’s sincere, she’s fresh, she’s grounded, she speaks from experience, she’s not a politician,” Roxas added.

    The former Interior secretary said the decision of President Benigno Aquino 3rd junking the proposed P2,000 increase for Social Security System (SSS) pensioners did not hurt his candidacy.

    “Hindi lahat ng Pilipino ay makitid ang pag-iisip. In fact, higit na nakararami sa mga Pilipino ay may kalawakan ang pag-iisip [Not all Filipinos are narrow-minded. In fact, majority of Filipinos are broad-minded],” Roxas told the Bulong-Pulungan breakfast forum.

    “Daang matuwid [straight path]is saying no to this SSS bill. Daang matuwid is not a cheap political [means to get brownie points]. Daang matuwid is about being real for the welfare of the majority. It is not about giving importance to what is popular and whatever the winds say,” he explained, saying he would have made the same decision.

    Daang matuwid is the good-governance mantra of the Aquno administration.

    “SSS would be on the brink of bankruptcy if we will approve the SSS bill. And we do not want to destroy the trust fund of 31 million contributors,” Roxas said.

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    1. SSS IS A HARD EARN CONTRIBUTIONS BUT TO STOP PENSIONER REAP ITS FRUITS BENIFITS THAT THEY SAW FOR MORE THAN 20 YRS OF THEIR LABOR IS WHAT WE CALL A TRAITOR TO OLD FRAIL NEAR DEATH BED PENSIONER TO REAP THE JOY OF THEIR WARY DAYS LEFT TO AT LEAST ENJOY.

    2. He is claiming now that the 4Ps or CCT is his program or PNoy’s. This was started by the previous administration – tinuloy lang nila. If you look at the medium term development plan, they just continued what the previous administration started. They blame the previous President for so many perceived ills yet they claim credit for what they didn’t start or initiate. Kapal ng mukha!

    3. Instead of denying that SSS pensioners were the victims here.. why not asked DOJ or the SENATE to investigate SSS directors on how they spend SSS money??

      Quoting Archbishop Cruz’.. please be reminded that SSS money were money of the taxpayers.. and giving it back to them in a way of PENSION doesn’t mean they are indebted to you.. This is just giving back the taxpayer’s money which is theirs.. This SSS money should be invested in such a way that the earnings will help the GOV’T..

      sabi nga ni Archbishop Cruz.. hindi nyo pera yan.. pera ng TAUMBAYAN yan!

    4. When Roxas says hindi lahat ng Tao ay makitid ang pag iniisip. Is that address to himself.? Because this presidents decision not to allow 2000 pesos SSS is Roxas final nail in his coffin. This guarantee that Roxas will not win this presidential election. Roxas is in the wrong place at the wrong time. You cannot trust these Liberal Party. They are all traitors.

      • If the liberal party supports Senator Grace Poe, then I will not vote for Grace Poe. Senator Poe, do not trust this president and the Liberal party, they are trying to avoid jail time after Pinoys term. They want a president that will cover all their misdeeds. Imagine Mar followed Pinoy to the very end and they will surely dump Mar because Mar has no way of winning especially with this SSS veto. Duterte will be no 3 Mar will be no 4.

    5. First is to get COA to audit SSS if there is corruption,how much money in there then from there if need to increase the pension or not.

    6. Manding Villapando on

      Mr. Roxas I have no sympathy to your candidacy, I have sympathy for my own welfare being an SSS pensioner.