Former presidential and vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II
MANILA, Philippines – Former presidential and vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II formalized his return to the political arena and filed for the 2019 senatorial race on Tuesday (October 16).
He withdrew from the presidential race in 2010 to give way to former President Benigno Aquino III.
Instead, he ran for vice president but lost to former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay.
Nevertheless, he was given a position under the Aquino government as the secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).
After the passing of the late Interior Secretary Jessie Robredo, Roxas replaced him at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
In 2015, he formally resigned from the DILG to campaign for the 2016 presidential race as Liberal Party’s standard bearer.
During the press briefing, Roxas said he will focus on programs and projects intended to help the poor specifically to repeal the Duterte government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act which according to him has become a burden to the Filipino people.
“Bakit magiging kabahagi ang gobyerno sa pagpapahirap sa tao,” he said. – Marje Pelayo
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