Mar Roxas on 2019 defeat: ‘I don’t know what comes next’

Lian Buan
Mar Roxas on 2019 defeat: ‘I don’t know what comes next’
'Our country continues to need us and our best efforts,' says the former Liberal Party stalwart

MANILA, Philippines – Pardon the silence, Mar Roxas said in his first public statement after a “disappointing” finish in the May 13 senatorial race.

“Sorry for the silence. I felt it best and appropriate given the circumstances. Well, we didn’t make it. Disappointing and sad, but ganyan talaga ang buhay (that’s life),” Roxas said in a message sent to reporters Wednesday afternoon, May 22, shortly after the proclamation of the 12 winning senators.

Roxas landed at the 16th place with 9.8 million votes – his 3rd consecutive election loss in a national race.

None in the opposition won a Senate seat, and their defeat reduced the minority bloc in the Senate to only 4 in the 18th Congress.

Roxas took a hiatus after his defeat in the 2016 presidential elections, and declared his senatorial bid rather late.

With opposition Liberal Party leaders quitting their top posts after a wipeout in the midterms, Roxas was ambiguous about his future plans.

“I don’t know what comes next. For now, I encourage you to do what I’m going to do – hug my family, nurture them, learn some more, work some more, love some more… in short, try to live life to the fullest,” Roxas said.

Roxas added: “In this way, we can revive our spirit, and get strong. Our country continues to need us and our best efforts. Mabuhay ang Pilipino at ang Pilipinas.” – Rappler.com

Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.

Lian Buan

Lian Buan covers justice and corruption for Rappler. She is interested in decisions, pleadings, audits, contracts, and other documents that establish a trail. If you have leads, email lian.buan@rappler.com or tweet @lianbuan.