Mar Roxas is new DOTC secretary

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.

If there is any indication about his future plan for the DOTC, Mr. Roxas noted, “Planes, boats and trains that is our world now. That’s the way our people move.”

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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Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

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  • Emman Pacatang

     Am disappointed with the performance of the good secretary. He should look into the problem of the PNR. Train schedules are always delayed. He should fire the present management of PNR for being too inefficient. The cost of petroleum had risen too much the reason why commuters opted to take PNR train. Passengers inside the train are like sardines inside the can. Most of the time passengers felt suffocated and some even lost their wallets and other personal belongings due to pick-pockets. Frankly PNR train becomes the haven of pick-pockets. I thought when the good secretary assumed the DOTC the services of PNR improves. Such is now worst than the previous administration. The ordinary train (not aircon) are like shanty with wheels. I suggest he should ride the train for him to experience. How could the President of the Republic of the Philippines push for “matuwid na landas” for situation like this?