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It’s Aquino-Roxas In 2010

September 1, 2009

aquino roxas montage

This is a ticket that’s one generation late, but it’s the realization of the same Aquino-Roxas tandem being worked out by Senators Gerry Roxas and Benigno Aquino Jr. that was ambushed by the declaration of martial law.

Yes I’m referring to the decision announced just minutes ago by Senator Manuel A. Roxas – that he is sliding down to run for the vice presidency in favor of Senator Benigno C. Aquino III.

Roxas had been set to run for President in next year’s elections but has had to rethink his position in response to the groundswell of the past three weeks: the rebirth of People Power as Filipino mourned the death of President Cory Aquino.

Sen. Mar reached the decision after days of consultations with other leaders of the Liberal Party and close advisers: to follow the example of Sev. Salvador ‘Doy’ Laurel in 1986 who sacrificed his personal ambition for the greater goal of ending the Marcos dictatorship.

It was also at historic Club Filipino where Cory Aquino took her oath of office after the dictatorship fell.

With Noynoy by his side Roxas, reading from a prepared text,  declared:

mar withdraws

Country above self, yan ang habilin sa aking ng aking ama.

Our nation is in trouble, our people are hungry, our government is bankrupt.

Noynoy and I share the belief: clean, hones,t and selfless public service.

We need to unite to achieve what we want.

We need to be a force for good.

I choose to lead the Liberal Party for unity.

We agreed to forget about ourselves.

This is about our people and ourt country:

I am announcing my support for Noynoy Aquino for President in 2010.

Our dream will be realized: good will win over evil.

I do this for unity in support of change.

I choose to make this sacrifice.

Talking to Noynoy: Roxas said:

I will stand with you.

Itutuloy natin ang Laban.

Hindi ko kayo pababayaan. Lalaban tayo.

Significantly Sen. Mar’s mother Judie Araneta were at Club Filipino for the historic announcement along with former Senate President Jovito Salonga.

Also there to witness the event was former Arroyo Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz and fomer Press Undersecretary Ramy Diez who served under Pres. Fidel Ramos.

This act of statesmanship by Sen. Roxas and Sen. Aquino’s emergence as the opposition’s presidential standard bearer rekindles the hope for a genuine overhaul of the Philippines corruption-ridden political landscape, te advent of honest and accountable government, and impetus for economic progress trickling down to the masses.

We are on the threshold of a defining moment for this country.

So it will be: Aquino-Roxas for 2010.


Perhaps following protocol, Mar did not explicitly announce he was running for Vice President, leaving it to Noynoy, and party leaders to formalize, and officially announce the ticket.

But that’s a foregone conclusion, bar none..

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2009 4:13 pm

    sir gagelonia,
    i never liked Noynoy, i just hope that all of this drama surrounding his candidacy will be all worth it otherwise, i will totally shave his head, hehehe tigas talaga ng ulo sinabi na ng nanay nya dont run, mapilit talaga!


    • September 9, 2009 7:56 pm

      Hi Ms. Cherry.

      The very practice of politics IS drama. As he has thrown himself into the process, he now become fair game for all of us to sort him out and determine between now and May 10 if he can lead thius nation.

      While I write about him now and conditionally see him as a possible, this estimation is not cast in stone.

      Each of us in our lives reach points when we think about obeying or disobeying our elders.

      Ultimately we are accountable for our choices and try to follow our best lights.

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