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.
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to a concerted campaign of sabre-rattling. "If there is a particularly sharp escalation, we could see the …