Roxas airs side on Loren’s ‘withdrawal’ claim
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) vice-presidential candidate Mar Roxas has given his side on the recent disclosure made by Sen. Loren Legarda that he allegedly asked her to withdraw from the vice-presidential race.
Roxas said his conversation with Legarda was taken out of context. He said he only tried to convince Legarda to support their tandem because he never thought that she would team up with Villar.
He recalled that Legarda once called Villar corrupt and bereft of good leadership qualities.
“Eh ‘yung sinabi niyang corrupt si Villar. Iyong sinabi niyang walang liderato si Villar (She once said Villar is corrupt and has no capability to lead),” Roxas said, adding that Legarda even gathered senators and solicited their support for a Senate coup against Villar.
“Hindi ako makapaniwala na seryoso siyang magbi-Villar siya. Kaya natanong ko kung puwede niyang isipin na suportahan niya ang tambalang Noynoy at Mar (I did not believe that he will go for [Sen. Manny] Villar. That’s why I asked her if she could think of supporting the Noynoy and Mar tandem),” Roxas told reporters in a press conference during an LP sortie in Surigao City on Thursday.
Roxas was reacting to Legarda’s revelation during a radio interview that he offered her something in exchange for her withdrawal and support for the LP tandem.
Legarda, the running mate of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., said the conversation took place at the session hall before Congress adjourned last month.
“Baka may pamamaraan na huwag ka nang tumakbo at kung ano ang kailangan mo ay kami ang bahala, basta suportahan mo kami ng aking running mate (If there is a way, maybe you could abort your plan to run and we can give you what you need just support me and my running mate),” Legarda said, quoting Roxas.
Roxas has maintained a wide margin over Legarda in vice-presidential surveys. The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Roxas garnering 45% over Legarda’s 28%.
Also running for vice-president are Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino’s Jejomar Binay, Lakas-Kampi-CMD’s Edu Manzano, former MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando, broadcast journalist Jose “Jay” Sonza, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Perfecto “Kidlat” Yasay Jr., and Dominador “Jun” Chipeco Jr. – Report from Rodge Cultura, ABS-CBN Caraga