Mar wishes Duterte the best


Posted at Jun 21 2016 02:30 PM

Roxas on Duterte: His success is our success

Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is moving forward following his loss to presidential-elect Rodrigo Duterte in the May 9 elections.

Roxas was in Bacolod City to personally thank voters, local leaders, and organizations that supported his presidential campaign.

Duterte beat Roxas by over 6 million votes to win the presidential election.

READ: Duterte, Robredo win 2016 polls

Despite the loss, Roxas remains thankful and wishes the incoming Duterte administration the best by saying that his success will be the success of the Filipino people.

The Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer said he visited Western Visayas first. His mother, Judy Araneta Roxas, is from Bago City, Negros Occidental, where he won by a big margin.

Roxas is also set to visit other provinces during his "Thank You road trip" to personally express his gratitude to supporters who stood by him during the campaign and to those who actually voted for him and his tandem, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.



Roxas got 579,810 votes in Negros Occidental, while Duterte only received 190,196 votes.




The former senator also clarified that his camp was not hiding anything, adding that the LP submitted its Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) last week.

"The LP and my campaign was a national campaign. We have chapters all over the country. It took us sometime to gather all the receipts, the invoice, the supporting papers. We asked for a period of time. We submitted one week after the deadline," he said.

When asked to comment on the resignation of Commissioner Christian Robert Lim as head of the Commission on Elections Campaign Finance Unit, Roxas said it's his right and stressed that he is not privy to the drama.

Lim expressed his intention to resign after the Comelec en banc extended the deadline of the filing of the SOCE from June 8 to June 30.

READ: Lim resigns as chair of Comelec finance office



Roxas' 'Thank You' tour is also a way for him to enjoy and share to the public the sights and local delicacies of the provinces he visits which he showcases in his travel blog through social networking site, Facebook. -- Report from Barbara Mijares and Martian Muyco, ABS-CBN News