Roxas accepts challenge, to pursue 'straight path'

The key theme of Roxas's campaign is continuity – especially of its "Daang Matuwid" platform on good governance. 

The Club Filipino crowd on Friday was dominated by the original sectors and personalities that supported Aquino's presidential bid in 2010. Organizers made it a point to show the multi-sectoral character of the campaign, not one that's led by the Liberal Party to which Aquino and Roxas belong. (Read about the Roxas camp's plan to mount an unconventional campaign here)

“With this endorsement, you are passing on to me what they (Aquino’s parents) have fought for,” Roxas said in Filipino. “Sa pag-endorsong ito pakiramdam ko pinapasa mo sa akin ngayon ang mga pinaglaban nila.”

In his speech, Roxas vowed not to tarnish their name or that of Aquino’s. “Hindi ko dudumihan ang pangalan nila, at hindi ko dudumihan ang pangalan ninyo.” 

"Hinding-hindi ako lilihis sa daang matuwid ibubuhos ko ang lahat, wala akong ititira para sa sarili ko. I will leave everything on the floor para sa labang ito."

#TheLeaderIWant

Roxas' key stand on key governance issues is similar to the President's. 

As part of Rappler’s #PHvote “The Leader I Want Series,” we looked at Roxas’ stand on issues the next president will have to zoom in on: corruption, social inequality, climate change and disasters, foreign policy, OFWs, and peace in Mindanao. (READ: #TheLeaderIWant: Mar Roxas' to-fix list)

In his speech, Roxas vowed to take the straight and narrow path (Daang Matuwid) "Buong tapang at buong paninindigan kong tinatanggap ang tawag ng Daang Matuwid."

"Mga boss, hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwala ninyo. I owe the Filipino as much. And I owe as much to you, Mr. President." – Rappler.com