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Mar Roxas - Philippine Elections 2016 Presidentiable

Updated on September 14, 2014
Mar Roxas
Mar Roxas

The Philippines will hold its Presidential Election on Monday, May 9, 2016 to elect the 16th President of the Philippines. One of the many possible presidential candidates is Mar Roxas, currently the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Mar Roxas was to run for the presidency in the last presidential election (2010) but decided to give way to partymate Benigno Aquino III and settled down as Aquino's running mate as Vice President.

Benigno Aquino III became the 15th President of the Philippines but Mar Roxas lost the Vice Presidency to Jejomar "Jojo" Binay.

It's a good bet he will be running for the top post comes presidential elections 2016.



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Korina Sanchez, wife of Mar Roxas
Korina Sanchez, wife of Mar Roxas

Who is Mar Roxas

Mar Roxas (Manuel "Mar" Araneta Roxas II) is the son of the late former Senator of the Philippines, Gerardo Roxas, who is the son of the late former President of the Philippines, Manuel Roxas. Mar Roxas is married to Korina Sanchez, a popular broadcast journalist in the Philippines.

Mar Roxas took his elementary and high school studies at Ateneo De Manila University and earned his degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.

After graduation, he worked as an investment banker in New York, becoming an assistant vice president in Allen & Company.

Elective Positions

  • House Representative for the 1st District of Capiz (1993-2000)
  • Senator of the Philippines (2004-2010)

Government Positions

  • Secretary of Trade and Industry (2000-2003)
  • Secretary of Transportation and Communications(2011-2012)
  • Secretary of Interior and Local Government (2012-present)

Mar Roxas Grilled on CNN with Andrew Stevens

Livestream: Presscon with DILG Sec. Mar Roxas

Political Carreer

Mar Roxas was a successful investment banker in New York. But in 1993, his younger brother, House Representative Gerardo "Dinggoy" Roxas, Jr., a representative for the 1st District of Capiz, died of colon cancer. It was incumbent on him to enter politics to continue their family's legacy in public service. He ran and won the special election that was held to replace her brother.He served the House of Representatives from 1993-2000, becoming the House Majority Leader in 1998 until 2000.

In 2000, he was appointed as Secretary of Trade and Industry by the then President Joseph Estrada, thereby leaving the House of Representatives. He resigned the post in 2001, before the EDSA Revolution of 2001 that removed President Estrada from office. Estrada's successor, President Gloria Macapacal, re-appointed him as Secretary of Trade and Industry, a position that he held until 2003 when he resigned to prepare for his Senatorial bid.

In 2004, he was elected as a Senator of the Philippines and was assigned the Senate Committee on Trade and Commerce and the Senate Oversight Committee on Optical Media Board. He served the Senate of the Philippines until 2010.

In 2009, Mar Roxas was highly expected to run for the presidency in the coming May 2010 Philippine presidential election as Liberal Party's standard bearer. But he decided to give way to his partymate Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and he settled down as Aquino's running mate as vice-president. Noynoy Aquino became the President of the Philippines but Mar Roxas lost the vice presidency to Jejomar "Jojo" Binay.

In 2011, Mar Roxas was appointed as Secretary of Transportation and Communications by President Benigno Aquino.

A year later, in 2012, he was appointed as Secretary of Interior and Local Government, replacing the former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash.




Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines, Mar Roxas' grandfather
Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines, Mar Roxas' grandfather

Summary

Mar Roxas, with his business, legislative, and executive experience, is highly qualified to be a President of the Philippines.

Roxas City, Capiz Province.  Named after President Manuel Roxas, Mar Roxas' grandfather.
Roxas City, Capiz Province. Named after President Manuel Roxas, Mar Roxas' grandfather.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      2 years ago from Philippines

      This is a nice, objective bio of Mar. Well done Manila Girl.

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