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Sueno: ‘I have very high respect for Mar’


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Days after he was fired from President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet, former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mike Sueno called 2016 Liberal Party (LP) election standard-bearer Mar Roxas as a man whom he respects highly.

“Ako I have very high respect naman for Mar Roxas eh,” Sueno told well-wishers Thursday (April 6) during his farewell party at the DILG-Napolcom building in Quezon City.

Roxas is of course the man that Duterte led by over five million vote during the May 2016 elections en route to Malacañang.

Incidentally, Sueno is known to have been instrumental to Duterte’s election campaign last year. This earned him his juicy post at DILG in the first place.

Sueno was sacked by Duterte Monday (April 3) during Cabinet meeting at the Palace.

The context of Sueno’s positive statement on Roxas had to do with his refusal to blame his predecessor for the DILG’s problems. Roxas served as agency head before throwing his hat in the last presidential race.

“Bakit i refuse daw na halungkatin yung mga ginawa ng predecessor ko, si Mar Roxas. Ako I have very high respect naman for Mar Roxas eh. Sabi ko I was mayor pero hindi ko hinanap kasalanan ng predecessor ko. I was governor, hindi ko rin hinanap kasalanan ng mga predecessor ko.

“Ngayon, bakit ko hanapin? Gusto ko concentrate lang tayo sa mga projects. Always think of now and the future, not the past. Let us learn from the past, pero wag nating halungkatin yun,” he explained.

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