Former Senator Mar Roxas admits he has big shoes to fill in replacing the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
The well-loved Robredo passed away in a plane crash late August.
"I have big shoes, tsinelas, to fill," said Roxas, referring to Robredo's legacy of 'tsinelas' (slippers) leadership, or being an exceptional down-to-earth official.
Roxas said he's no Robredo but he will ensure that Robredo's plans will continue.
"Hindi po ako si Jesse Robredo. Kumpara sa kaniya, marami akong kakulangan. Pero gagawin ko ang lahat upang bigyang respeto ang legasiya ni Sec Jesse," he added.
Roxas said that under his watch, DILG will ensure "transparency, accountability, and people empowerment."
Roxas also noted that Robredo's widow, lawyer Leni Robredo, has his support.
"Salamat kay Atty. Leni sa supporta at kumpyansa. Hindi mababalewala ang mga intinanim ni Sec Jesse sa kaniyang trabaho," said Roxas.
China's air force has carried out its first ever military drill over the western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing's growing military reach. Several aircraft from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel, which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines, the official Xinhua news agency said. "This is the first time that the PLA Air Force conducted such drills in an airspace far offshore from Chinese coastlines," Xinhua cited …