Former Vice Presidential candidate and Senator Mar Roxas formally accepted the position of Department of Transportation and Communications secretary. This comes after much speculation as to what his position will be in the Cabinet. Mr. Roxas is one of Mr. Aquino’s closest allies and remained an adviser even after the election that saw Roxas lose to Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The position of Department of Transportation and Communications secretary was vacant with the surprising resignation of Secretary Ping de Jesus. When asked how his department could speed up Public-Private Partnership projects, Mr. Roxas replied that he would study the matter in detail.
Mr. Roxas believes in the reforms President Aquino promised, and focuses to become part of the solution. Roxas narrated the events of his appointment saying he and the president were both surprised by Mr. de Jesus’ resignation. Ellen Tordesillas wrote an article saying Ping de Jesus was sacked.
A question was raised how he is to interact with Vice President Binay. The Secretary replied, “I will extend all courtesy to him”.
This isn’t the first time Mr. Roxas served in the executive department. He was Commerce Secretary before running for Senator. He rose to become leader of the Liberal Party and was poised to be its standard bearer in the 2010 elections. Mr. Roxas stepped aside to make Mr. Aquino the party’s nominee. He ran as President Aquino’s running mate but lost to Vice President Binay in the closing days of the election.
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