NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said there will be an overwhelming vote for Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II if he decides to run for president in the 2016 elections.

Marañon said that he is very much elated when President Benigno S. Aquino III announced that Roxas is his top choice to be his successor.

The governor said that Roxas being on the top of the list means a good chance of getting an endorsement from the administration.

“I trust that Negrenses are happy. It gives them high morale,” Marañon said.

Roxas’s mother, Judy Araneta, is a Negrense herself who hails from Bago City.

The governor said he believes that the support for Roxas will be outpouring.

“In my mind, the support will snowball for him,” he added.

Marañon said Roxas is untainted as far as corruption issue is concerned, adding that Roxas does not abuse his power in government.

“Which candidate do you prefer, a robber or the untainted? Maki-masa or programa para sa masa?” the governor asked.

On Roxas’ low ratings in surveys, Marañon said the ratings could still improve. “It’s good to be down because there’s no way to go but up.”

He added that the electorate has changed over the years as there are now more young people and educated voters.

“Many people don’t know this but Secretary Mar (is) very meticulous. When Pope Francis was in the country (early this year), he was hailed by the police and security people for his planning in managing six million people. No incident happened,” the governor said. (TDE)