Mar says Salceda won’t be Noynoy’s economic adviser
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II has denied allegations of Senator Manny Villar that the defection of one of President Arroyo’s economic advisers to the Liberal Party will mean a continuation of the current government’s economic policies under a possible Aquino-Roxas administration.
He also denied that Albay Governor Joey Salceda’s move to join their party would mean that the former Lakas-Kampi stalwart will be a key economic adviser of Aquino.
In an interview on radio dzMM Saturday morning, Roxas said Salceda is an independent thinker who pointed out flaws in the economic policies of the Arroyo administration.
“He did not join [LP] to become Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s economic adviser,” Roxas said over radio dzMM’s “Magandang Morning” program.
Roxas, Arroyo’s former trade secretary, insisted that Aquino, who has an economics degree from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), has his own economic team.
He added that Salceda’s inclusion in Aquino’s team does not mean his administration will adopt President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s economic policies.
“Hindi naman parang kung anong policy ngayon ay itutuloy. Hindi po, babaguhin nga. (We will not adopt the current administration’s economic policy. No, we intend to change it),” Roxas said.
The Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer on Friday warned voters that Aquino might adopt Mrs. Arroyo’s failed economic policies given the fact that the LP presidential candidate has recruited members of her economic team.
Villar said members of the Arroyo economic team in Aquino’s camp are former Arroyo Trade Secretaries Roxas and Johnny Santos, former Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, and former Socio-economic planning Secretary Ralph Recto.