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Roxas’ political comeback an inspiring game-changer for opposition, Villarin says

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Opposition lawmakers on Monday hailed the decision of former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to seek an elective post in the upcoming midterm elections.

Akbayan Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin said the decision of Roxas was “an inspiring move and a game changing one for the opposition.”

Villarin, who served as Roxas’ chief-of-staff in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), said Roxas’ return in the political limelight “gives Filipinos a second chance to vote for a candidate whom they set aside” for President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I believe it’s not for himself but for country that he is doing this. His track record and integrity are all that matters. Akbayan has his full support and so do all decent Filipinos tired of President ‘Pahirap and Patayan’ aka Duterte,” said Villarin.

Roxas lost to Duterte during the 2016 presidential elections by close to seven million votes.

On Monday, Roxas announced in his official Facebook page that he will return in the political scene after taking a two-year break.

“I don’t have any quit on me. I won’t quit on our country… Ino-offer ko uli ang sarili sa inyo at hinihingi ko rin ang tulong ninyo dahil hindi ko ito kayang nag-iisa,” said Roxas.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, a staunch ally of Roxas in the once powerful Liberal Party (LP), said the former ruling party was “for a democratic process of electing leaders.”

“That is why we are participating in the elections despite the lack of resources and the harassment,” said Erice.