Mar bids farewell to League of Cities

By Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 24 2015 07:13 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2015 03:13 AM

Says he's ready to lead PH

MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Friday faced the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) and bade its members goodbye.

Roxas, the presumptive standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in 2016, was the guest speaker at the 62nd General Assembly of the LCP. The event was attended by over 100 city mayors.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, president of the LCP, virtually endorsed Roxas when he introduced the interior secretary as the next president of the Philippines, which was cheered by Roxas' supporters.

In his last speech as interior secretary in the annual event, Roxas enumerated several of his reform programs which helped in strengthening local governance such as the seal of local good governance, Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan, and bottom-up budgeting which allows easier and faster releasing of funds to local government units (LGUs).

Roxas also cited the performance of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in its intensified anti-crime campaign under Oplan Lambat Simbat.

He thanked the city mayors for their cooperation and support in nation building and for improving the country's economy.

He said that many times as DILG chief, he acted as the big brother of LGUs which were there to help in times of calamities and problems.

In an ambush interview, Roxas said that in case he wins in 2016, his administration will continue to support and give importance to LGUs which he called the frontline in nation building.

Although still mum on the issue of the President's endorsement in 2016, he said that based on his track record and experience, he is ready to lead the country to continued progress.

Aquino promised to announce whom he will endorse for President in the elections of 2016 after his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Roxas was also the keynote speaker during the opening of the national science and technology week this morning. He said science and technology should be given continued priority in the next administration.

Roxas, meanwhile, said one of the qualifications of a Vice President is that he should be honest, selfless and has integrity.

Roxas only had good words for both Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.