DEFEATED presidential candidate Mar Roxas yesterday thanked Cebuanos for giving him more than 600,000 votes in the May 9, 2016 elections that placed him second to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte.
Roxas, of the Liberal Party (LP), said that he can understand why Duterte, of the PDP-Laban, was number one in Cebu because the outgoing Davao City mayor traces his roots to Cebu.
Roxas, however, noted that he won in areas that were battered by typhoon Yolanda in 2013, such as Regions 8 (Samar and Leyte), Region 6 and in Northern Cebu, which includes Bantayan Island.
“We won in these areas because the people recognized our efforts to help the victims of calamities,” Roxas said.
Roxas, accompanied by his wife Korina Sanchez-Roxas and Marissa Fernan of the SM Group, was in Cebu to speak during the Silent Majority event. He thanked his leaders mostly from the business community and civil society for supporting him during the election.
At the breakfast gathering held at Cafe Laguna in the Cebu Business Park, some leaders asked Roxas about his plan for the group The Silent Majority, because they want to know where they are heading after yesterday’s event and what kind of role they are going to adopt.
Roxas said that after the May 9 election, the Silent Majority emerged as an organic force or a strong group of citizens who are concerned about the future of the country.
“I think it’s very important that the character of the Silent Majority is to preserve something that is organic, by the people and for the people. Some people just wait and see and if there is danger and threat, they will naturally react,” Roxas said.
“I don’t need to be mysterious on what character this organization has,” Roxas said.
Another Roxas leader told him about her observation that the former secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been traveling and blogging after the election.
A supporter also said the “yellow army” is asking “where do we go from here?”
“We have established a strong group created by you or rather inspired by you to unite all groups in order to become a big Silent Majority. We want this to be a formidable group so that if the time comes that we need to stand on some issues, we already know what to do,” she said.
There was no politician present. There was also no other prominent government official present in that event except outgoing DILG undersecretary Bimbo Fernandez, who had worked with Roxas.