Roxas apologizes for ‘suplado’ image: ‘You’ll get to know me more’
DIRECTLY addressing criticisms that he is a snob in person, Secretary Mar Roxas on Tuesday assured the public that they would know more about him in the next months as he gears up for his presidential campaign.
“Mga kapatid, suplado daw ako,” he told around two thousand people at Gloria Maris Greenhills where the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) held an event for him.
“Elitista at minsan nagmamagaling o malakas masyado ang dating,” he added.
Roxas apologized if the people thought that he was truly like that.
He said they will have an opportunity to know him more in the next months.
“Ang puso ko po ay bukas. Ang puso ko po ay malinis at sinsero,” he said.
Not because of Aquino
Roxas told the crowd, “Namamanhikan po ako sa inyo… Magkasama tayo hindi dahil sabi ni PNoy (President Benigno Aquino III).”
“Hindi lang dahil magkapartido tayo, pero dahil totoong naniniwala kayo na magkahanay ang mga paniniwala natin,” he said.
“Na totoong type niyo din ako,” he added as local government officials clapped and cheered.
Roxas also revealed that he felt more at peace announcing his candidacy this year than in 2009, before he gave way to Aquino.
“Di hamak na mas matibay ang kumpyansa ko ngayon,” he said.
He explained that in 2009 he was only thinking of his personal ambition to lead the country but now he said, “Hindi na ito tungkol sa akin. Tungkol ito sa isang misyon, misyon naming lahat.”
“I have absolutely no doubt this is a fight worth fighting,” Roxas said. “Ibubuhos ko na ang lahat para sa daang matuwid. Wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko.” Kristine Angeli Sabillo