Daang Matuwid Presidential bet Mar Roxas joined around 40 media practitioners on January 19 for the Bulong Pulungan Round Table Discussion at the Sofitel Manila. The attendees included columnists Deedee Sytanco, Julie Yap-Daza, Joan Ramirez, Ducky Paredes, Rina Jimenez-David, and Domini Torrevillas.
One question often asked of Roxas, which was repeated during the Bulong Pulungan was “What will be the distinct Mar Presidency, how will you be different from PNoy?”
Roxas replied that Daang Matuwid does not belong to a single person.
“Daang Matuwid is all of us. It’s a set of values,” Roxas explained. “It’s a set of values that you adhere by: matapat, matuwid, malinis, hayag, transparent, participatory, nangunguna ang interes ng sambayanan.”
“Sa bawat pagkakataon, sa bawat pagkakataon, leaders are going to be called upon to make decisions. That’s the whole point of being a leader, to make these decisions. So what is Daang Matuwid? Daang Matuwid is a set of values, mga aral ito, mga palatandaan ito that guide you para hindi tumalimbang, hindi ka madala sa mali,” he elaborated.
Historically, the development and growth of the Philippines has been following a boom-bust trend. For Roxas, we are currently on the upward rise, and what he and Vice Presidential bet Leni Robredo are fighting for is to continue it.
“This is the first time in generations there is the opportunity for continuity,” Roxas said, “And to be frank, in the past, there were very few reasons to fight for it.”
Every six years, Filipinos have clamored for change. Today, it remains the same: there is a need for something new, due to the tendency of the political landscape to always insist on change. Roxas and Robredo are offering something better than that: Stability.
Six years ago, President Benigno S. Aquino III was the catalyst of change. The government was steeped in corrupt practices and theft was the norm, not an aberration. Six years later and things have vastly improved—an analogy Roxas used is that if the Philippines was a patient in the hospital, Aquino was the one who took the country out of the Intensive Care Unit.
He said the Philippines doesn’t need another doctor, or a second opinion; rather, it needs someone who has been working steadily and with consistent results, someone who weighs his options rather than just barreling ahead, someone who is familiar and can be trusted.
“I’m not saying we should be content. But I don’t think we should destroy what we already have,” Roxas stressed.
“In every town, meron tayong puwedeng iturong kaginhawaan na nagawa ng pamahalaan,” Roxas said, “Magpatuloy tayo tungo sa kaunlaran.”