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Roxas: Poe has left straight path

LIBERAL Party standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II  on Tuesday  reminded Senator Grace Poe that she cannot run for president on her own and claim to be on the “straight path.”

“Whatever is her decision… we will respect that. If she doesn’t want the straight path, it’s up to her,” Roxas said, after Poe’s office announced that she would make an “important announcement” today.

“She started her career as a public servant when President Aquino invited her to be part of Daang Matuwid when she was appointed as MTRCB chair,” Roxas said.

Visit. Former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II is welcomed by students during his visit to the Balara Elementary School in Quezon City on Tuesday. Lino Santos

When she was tapped to run for senator even though her ratings were low, she became part of the straight path and she joined Team Pnoy, he added.

“Well, the father of the straight path is [President Aquino]. It’s clear. PNoy pushed and started the straight path and that’s what we will continue,” Roxas said.

Roxas said he is already considering prospective candidates to join him in continuing the straight path.

“These names are not new to you already. Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo— we’ve already talked to all of them,” Roxas said.

Of the three, Santos-Recto and Robredo have said they are not interested in running for vice president. Cayetano, on the other hand, has expressed his interest in the position.

Roxas also blasted Vice President Jejomar Binay for criticizing his competence and experience over the last five years.

“You know if your’e stuck in the middle of these issues you can’t answer, you’ll grab at anything,” Roxas said, referring to the corruption charges filed against Binay. “One thing’s clear. In 20 years, Mar Roxas has served without [being] tainted with corruption.”

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