He maybe born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he is more than just his prominent surname and multimillion peso asset (talk about being a scion of the marriage between the Aranetas and the Roxas, owners of the major financial and shopping district of Quezon City, Araneta Center). While I was growing up, I always associated the name Roxas only to Manuel Roxas, Sr. As we all probably know, Manuel Roxas, Sr. was the last Philippine President of the Commonwealth, that government created by the Americans, and was the first president of the first Philippine Republic, that period of our political history when the Americans have decided for us to chart our own destiny, so to speak.
These days, the name Mar Roxas keeps trending and popping in the headlines of major dailies, and in the social media. Some news are favourable, while other news just keep on hitting below the belt areas. Well, what else is new, such is always the scenario during election season in the Philippines. There’s so much mud-slinging and even the oldest misdemeanor one has committed gets blown out of proportion, all for the purpose of discrediting candidates.
And this is just what I admire about my candidate, Mar Roxas; he comes squeaky clean. Coming from a familial lineage that is not tarnished with any dishonourable act, he has a duty to keep such reputation unblemished. This is probably the reason why to this day, there is no Roxas that holds a high position in the government, other than him. Which is just as well, if only to protect the family’s clean record. Mar Roxas’s service record is just impeccable that no one can throw any accusation of corruption at him. While other candidates have questionable records and have faced corruption cases while in office, Mar Roxas’s record remains unblemished. Mar Roxas is just a candidate whose main purpose is to effect change in the lives of the Filipinos by being sincere in performing his duties to serve the public and showintegrity in actions and words. He does not make huge promises which he might not be able to keep, and very statesmanlike in his words. I’d say it’s the one thing that sets him apart from other candidates.