Mar Roxas is the new DILG Secretary

Mar Roxas after he was appointed as the new DILG Secretary after the death of Jesse Robredo.

Few hours ago, after weeks of searching on who should be the Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) due to the death of Jesse Robredo, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III appointed the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Mar Roxas as the replacement of late Jesse Robredo.

His appointment earlier today was very important as this position in the executive department of our government gives direct contact especially to the Local Government Units (LGU) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) which is vital for the administration to disseminate their initiatives into the grassroots of our society and to assure the loyalty of the police force to the administration.

When I heard the news that he was appointed, I was not surprised as Mar Roxas was one of the favorites of the President to replace the deceased Jesse Robredo as the DILG Secretary as the Noynoy Aquino administration needs to consolidate its political control in the grassroots side of our society through the Local Government Units and to assure the loyalty of the police force with the administration through the Philippine National Police as not having a control with these two sectors would destabilize the survival not only with this administration but also with the previous administration as history show during the presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, it was the loyalty of the LGU and the PNP assured the survival of PGMA’s administration despite of her low satisfaction from among the intellectuals and some legislators.

Mar Roxas in 2010 was lost his vice presidential bid to Jejomar Binay, who belonged into another ticket with the presidential candidate, former President Joseph Estrada due to factionalism among the supporters of Noynoy Aquino during the campaign season and it was deepened when Senator Chiz Escudero, who supported Noynoy Aquino’s presidential candidacy, supported the vice presidential candidacy of Jejomar Binay instead of Noynoy’s running mate, Mar Roxas. The results of the 2010 elections created a division among the appointees of Noynoy Aquino during the transition period as Noynoy Aquino appointed secretaries and undersecretaries from both factions of Balay of Mar Roxas and Samar of Paquito Ochoa (Binay loyalist), who was appointed as the Executive Secretary. Mar Roxas was appointed as the DOTC Secretary, in the following year of the 2010 elections.

Mar Roxas’ appointment as DILG secretary would give him a direct contact to the LGU to advance his own presidential candidacy in 2016; to stem Jejomar Binay’s advantage and control as Vice President; and to force the Samar faction into significance by 2016 so that Noynoy Aquino’s initiative will be continued by Mar Roxas.

Jesse Manalastas Robredo (27 May 1958 – 18 August 2012)

Rest in Peace, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

Early this morning (Philippine time), the body of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary, Jesse Manalastas Robredo has been found beneath the waters of the Province of Masbate after almost three days of disappearance after the private plane he rode, has crushed after attempting to have an emergency landing in Masbate City due to mechanical problems of the private plane he rode.

He came from Cebu after attending a ceremony on behalf of the President, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and supposedly to return to Naga City to attend an activity where his child was a participant. He never made it as the unexpected event happened when his private plane was crushed around Masbate City and many Filipino people was shocked on what happened to Jesse Robredo and his companions including me when during the unexpected acccident, I was in the mountain barangay of Alambijud, Argao to celebrate their annual feast in honor of Saint Roque.

Jesse Robredo for me was one of the most hardworking Cabinet Secretary of the administration of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as he was the one who implements the agenda of the President of “Matuwid na Daan” into the Local Government Units (LGU). However, despite on that, his appointment in DILG did not made him a permanent in that position as the Commission of Appointments until the last moment, never approved his appointment due to other concerns to be tackled by the Senators aside to his confirmation supposedly.

Condolences to the Robredo Family.