DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – “It’s not important how you came into this world. What’s important is what you did with your life.” With these words, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas shed the signature yellow -t-shirt of the Liberal Party and donned a Batman suit.
Roxas’ statement came during last night’s third and final Philippine presidential debate after fellow candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago questioned him about being elitist.
Roxas’ new image is a last-ditch attempt to appeal to Filipino voters who will troop to the polls on May 9 to elect their next president.
Since the start of the presidential campaign period, Roxas has been trailing behind revials Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The Roxas campaign has acknowledged that the party’s “Daang Matuwid” message has not resonated among Filipino voters who have been clamoring for a radical change in their economic life and personal security as well as an end to continued government corruption.
By portraying himself as a superhero out to save the Philippines from “the gates of hell,” Roxas hopes to play catch up with the frontrunners in the presidential race. President Aquino’s ‘anointed one’ says that in the remaining days of the campaign, he will focus on earning the trust and support of the country’s young voters and comic book fans.
SANTIAGO, Isabela (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Liberal Party standard bearer Roxas and his runningmate Leni Robredo prepared themselves to speak to 8,000 people at a scheduled campaign rally in Santiago, Isabela on Thursday night.
But alas, the presidential and vice presidential candidates were very disappointed that only about 2,000 people showed up.
The Yellowtards (supporters of Roxas-Robredo and President Aquino and his cohorts) were hugely outnumbered by the “Whitetards,” supporters of presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe.
As can be seen in this photo of the Santiago rally, there were more whites than yellow.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –The Philippines’ Social Welfare Secretary, Dinky Soliman, has had her share of criticism, not the least of which was the accusation that she rounded up street children and families and hauled them away to resorts outside of Metro Manila to impress visiting dignitaries like Pope Francis and the APEC heads of state.
She reportedly loves her job so much that she is doing everything within her power to be re-appointed to her position when the new president takes office later this summer.
Well, the only way that would happen is if former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Aquino’s appointed successor, wins the presidential election in May this year.
So, the 63-year-old Soliman embarked on a very personal crusade to make sure that Roxas, of the Liberal (Yellow) Party, wins.
The secretary, who used to sport a red streak on her hair, has done a total makeover, changing her streak from red to yellow, to show her full support for Aquino’s candidate Roxas and the Yellow party.
Will Soliman’s strategy work? We will know after the May elections.