Roxas remains unfazed, ramps up ‘palengke run’

By Hannah Torregoza

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II is bracing himself for more challenges, mudslinging and black propaganda as the May 2019 midterm election draws near.

Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas greets supporters during his campaign series at Pasay Public Market on Saturday, March 2 2019. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas greets supporters during his campaign series at Pasay Public Market on Saturday, March 2 2019. (MARK BALMORES / MANILA BULLETIN)

The former senator, however, said that even though the last two weeks before the May 13 polls would be hectic, he remains unfazed and will continue to present his platforms at the grassroots level.

Roxas, who has been making the rounds at marketplaces, said he is elated over the positive and warm response he is getting from the people.

“Well ah, tuloy-tuloy lang nakikita natin ang reaction sa atin ng ating mga kababayan; may mga nadidinig ako ‘ay matangkad pala sa personal’, o may nadidinig ako ‘ay pogi pala sa personal’ narinig niyo yan,” said Roxas, who is campaigning in San Pablo, Laguna.

“So kung mas magpapakita tayo ng personal baka mas madami ang makukumbinse, (So if we are able to meet them personally, then more people would be convinced),” he said.

“So yun lang, tuloy-tuloy lang ang kampanya, matagal na kaming magkakilala. Mr. Palengke days pa lang, kaya ang pagtanggap sa akin parang isang kapamilya or isang matagal na kaibigan na matagal na nilang kakilala kaya nareremind sila, (We will just continue our campaign. The people have known me for quite a long time. Even during my Mr. Palengke days. That’s why people are warm to me. They receive me as someone like family or a long time friend that is why they are reminded of me),” he pointed out.

He also downplayed the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey, which showed him landing at the 14th spot.

The former Interior secretary said the real results of the survey would be revealed on May 13.

“Okay lang yon, that was two weeks ago marami nang nangyari mula noon …ang reaksyon ng ating mga kababayan yung totoo, wala sa survey. Nasa totoong mga tao. So nandiyan tayo, hanggang sa dulo ipaglalaban natin yan (a lot of things have happened since then. And what matters is the reaction of our people, not on the survey. It’s with real people. So we are here, fighting until the end,),” he said. #MatalinongBoto2019

 
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