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Salceda makes early campaign pitch for Mar

Aug 5, 2015 @ 0:18

Months before the official campaign period, it seems Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has begun promoting the presidential bid of Mar Roxas, whom President Aquino has chosen to be the standard bearer of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

Salceda, LP’s regional chair in Bicol, said he went for Roxas “because he personally knew that the latter stands for something — clean government”, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

The Albay governor stressed that Roxas’ commitment to public service has been tested time and again in several political controversies and scandals.

First, the alleged jueteng payola that removed President Estrada from office, where Salceda said Roxas was the first among the Cabinet members to resign. He was then Erap’s trade secretary.

When the ‘Hello, Garci’ scandal came out, Roxas also left the coalition of then President Arroyo, according to Salceda.

During the 2003 Cancun World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations, Roxas led the Philippine delegation in walking out when he fought for a better deal for developing countries, especially in TRIPS or the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Agreement, Salceda recounted.

“We can revisit his major policy positions in Congress, in the Department of Trade and Industry, in the Senate and as member of PNoy’s cabinet. What stands out immediately is how he prohibited the family-owned Araneta complex from riding on the property boom that resulted from the rapid Business Process Outsourcing growth which he fathered and nurtured,” Salceda was quoted by PNA as saying.

“Certainly, the primordial challenge remains in making the economy more socially expansive and I believe that among the candidates, only Mar has built from 22 years in national policy domain (certainly the most directly exposed among the presidential aspirants) the intellectual handle, the political skills and the market savvy in engineering and restructuring a more egalitarian society in the next six years,” he added.

He described Roxas as having the heart for the ordinary Filipino families and the brains in creating a broad middle class by empowering the lower income classes.

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