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Mar Roxas urged to resign as LP president before assuming DILG post

Secretary Manuel Roxas II accepts his appointment to the Department of Interior and Local Government replacing Sec. Jesse Robredo, as announced by President Benigno S. Aquino III during a press briefing at the President’s Hall in Malacanang Palace on Friday (August 31). On the other hand, Cavite 1st District Representative Joseph Emilio Abaya takes over the post of DOTC chief. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Sept 3 (Mabuhay) – Manuel “Mar” Roxas II should resign as president of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) before assuming his new Cabinet post, lawmakers gunning for senatorial posts in next year’s elections said Monday.

Roxas is the incoming Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito said Roxas should step down from the LP leadership to keep the integrity of the DILG’s top post, which was vacated when Secretary Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash on August 18.

“That will be ideal so that the fear of using the position of the secretary of interior and local government to strengthen LP’s build-up for the 2013 and 2016 elections will be erased,” Ejercito said in a text message.

Ejercito is among the possible senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), LP’s rival coalition in next year’s elections.

GMA News Online is still trying to get LP’s reaction to calls for Roxas’ resignation as of posting time.

Last week, President Benigno Aquino III appointed Roxas as the new DILG chief following Robredo’s death. Roxas’ current position as Transportation and Communications chief will be taken over by another LP member, Cavite Rep. Joseph Emilio Abaya.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casiño, for his part, also said that Roxas should consider quitting as LP president to enable the Cabinet official to better perform his new task.

“Mas makakatulong sa pagiging sekretarya niya kung magreresign nga siya. At least, magiging walang bahid ng pulitika ang bawat aksyon niya,” Casiño said in a separate phone interview.

He added, however, that it is still up to Roxas whether or not to resign from the LP leadership.

Casiño is also eyeing a senatorial post in 2013. He will run under the Makabayan bloc, a coalition of progressive party-list groups. (MNS)

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