Queries on 2016 plans at DILG budget hearing irk Roxas-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
LOCAL Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II appeared to be fed up on questions regarding his plans for the 2016 presidential elections during the hearing of his agency's budget for next year on Friday.
"As regards this question about 2016, perhaps it is more in the mind and imaginations of people who want to intrigue rather than those who are focused on doing their job. We receive Napoles, 2016. We jail Napoles, 2016. I mean…we provide water, 2016. We don't provide water, 2016," Roxas told the House committee on appropriations referring to businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the controversial multi-billion pork barrel scam.
Roxas was one of the Cabinet officials who inspected Napoles' detention cell at the Makati City jail before she was transferred to the Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Earlier, Senate President Franklin Drilon said the ruling Liberal Party (LP) will likely field Roxas as its standard bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.
If Roxas finally decides to run, it will be a repeat of his rivalry with Vice President Jejomar Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). Roxas lost to Binay in the 2010 vice presidential elections.
During the budget hearing of DILG, ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio said the public may perceive as questionable several programs of Roxas' agency with its chief likely to be the standard bearer of LP.
"To be frank, this has something to do with 2016, some perceive that the certain programs may be politicized because it is perceived that the Secretary will be running for president. For the record secretary, tatakbo ba kayong presidente sa 2016?" Tinio asked Roxas.
To which Roxas said, "I'm focused on doing my job and not on intriguing and looking at 2016. There is much to be done in 2013, 14 and so on and so forth." (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)