Mar Roxas welcomes Duterte’s endorsement for the 2019 midterm elections

Mar Roxas welcomes Duterte’s endorsement for the 2019 midterm elections

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has visited the newly opened Boracay island resort.

He was there to distribute land titles to the Ati tribe of the island, this is but a realization of his promise to distribute land in Boracay to agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Duterte distributed 623 certificates of land ownership award, covering 274 hectares of land in Boracay and Aklan, to the area’s original inhabitants and other agrarian reform beneficiaries. Six of the CLOAs went to 45 members of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization.

Pres. Duterte and senatorial hopeful Mar Roxas (photo credit to ABS CBN News)

But the speech during the program made  a sudden change when President Duterte made mention of Liberal Party stalwart and its losing presidential candidate and now running for senator.

He said its okay to vote for Mar Roxas this coming 2019 mid term elctions.

"Alam ko si Roxas… Vote for Roxas, Ilonggo eh. Iboto ninyo, walang problema ‘yan," he said of the former Senator and former interior local government secretary.

He said the public can measure Roxas’ stamina for public service with this attempt to be part of the senate again.

"Sige (go ahead), why don’t you try para makita ninyo (try and see). You can only measure a man’s stamina for doing a particular activity for his fellowmen," Duterte said.

Roxas appreciates the gesture

The former cabinet member of the previous administration can believe what President Duterte said.

“Totoo ba yan? Kase wala akong personal knowledge. Kung totoo, maraming salamat kay Pangulong Duterte kung ganon man ang sinabi niya sa akin (Is it for real? I have no personal knowledge on that. I thank President Duterte if indeed he said something like that about me),” said Roxas in a statement.

It might be remembered that Roxas broke his silence since losing to Duterte when he gave advices to the administration regarding the rising prices of rice which was rebuked by then Presidential spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque.

Robredo happy about Duterte's endorsement of Mar

Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo took President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks well.

"Masayang balita iyan. Masayang balita na in-endorse ni Pangulong Duterte si Secretary Mar for the Senate. Affirmation iyon na very much qualified, walang duda iyongqualifications, dapat talagang tulungan," Robredo said  (CNN Phils)

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