Roxas won't apologize for Friday's expletive

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 15 2008 11:06 AM | Updated as of Dec 15 2008 07:59 PM

They shouldn't wait for an apology because it will never come, Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas said Monday.

Roxas made the statement as a reaction to reports that the Palace was saddened with his swearing during his speech at the anti-charter change (cha-cha) rally in Makati City last Friday.

In a phone interview, deputy presidential spokesperson Anthony Golez said the Palace respects Roxas' actions, saying that it is up to him if he wants to apologize or not.

"We respect everyone's feelings. What is important is what is inside each person, and as for Roxas, he should just do whatever he thinks is right," he said in an interview on ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."

At the same program, Roxas said that he has nothing to apologize for, saying that what he did was merely a reflection of the people's frustrations towards the Arroyo administration.

"This is the real thing. I'm not plastic. This is the sentiment of the Filipino people, and the [administration] should act properly," Roxas said in an interview at ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."

"We are hungry, we have no jobs, our only hope lies in other countries, not in our own. Despite these, the administration is preoccupied with cha-cha. I didn't say anything beyond what the people feel. I just said the truth," he added.

In spite of the sudden outburst of emotions during the rally, Roxas made it clear that the expletive-laced speech was addressed to the situation, and not to President Arroyo.

"My swearing was because of the awful situation we are in. That is what I am referring to," he said.

Roxas: Arroyo govt is one step back, two steps forward

Arroyo allies may have backtracked their attempts for a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass), but Roxas said that it is no reason for the public to let their guard down.

"This government always does one step back, and two steps forward. These are all tactics [by the Arroyo administration]. Some allies may say that they'll stop pursuing something momentarily, but others will continue to discuss it, that's what we call inter-chamber dialogue. And it seems that others are very much willing to push for this," he said.

On top of all these, Roxas found it strange that the President is not doing anything to prevent the lower House from pursuing cha-cha.

"She [Arroyo] can easily say, 'that's not my priority, stop that cha-cha...' It's so simple. To all who support and believe her, she can just order them, stall their attempts for cha-cha. Thing is, she just lets it all happen. On the other hand, when impeachment cases were filed against her, we can clearly feel the hand of the Palace. Where is the truth here? That's the reason why the rest of the country, not only myself, are 'cursing' this situation we are currently in," he said.

For his part, Golez said that the President does not meddle in the affairs of both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

"The Palace has never discussed any of these issues in any meeting it has conducted. No talks on charter change, or Con-Ass, or a Constitutional Convention (con-con). It's merely a spin of our critics," he said.

Upon hearing this remark, Roxas merely smirked and shook his head in disagreement.