Mar Roxas: “Cynicism has already lifted from our hearts”

Today, Sen. Mar Roxas has officially accepted the challenge of being Noynoy Aquino’s running mate. A very interesting tandem, they are going to be the team to beat. While I still am undecided on who to vote, I have to admit that Sen. Roxas has won my heart for the sacrifices he made for the sake, well, at least the Liberal Party. Bu then, even in a smaller think such as that, you can see character.

Here’s the acceptance speech he delivered.

Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. Magandang tanghali po. Happy Holidays to our Muslim brothers.mar_roxas5a.jpg

Salamat, Noynoy, sa tiwalang ipinagkaloob mo sa akin. Salamat sa karangalang maging kasama mo sa paglilingkod sa bayan. Thank you for this opportunity to work with you as we raise the banner of reform. Thank you for the privilege of joining you and all our kababayans in the fight for decency and integrity in public service, and for a government that puts the people’s interest first.

Taos-puso ko pong tinatanggap ang hamon na isulong ang tunay na reporma sa ating bansa.

Taos-puso ko pong tinatanggap ang responsibilidad na maging kabalikat ni Noynoy sa kanyang laban para sa pagbabago.

Taos-puso ko pong tinatanggap ang maging katambal ni Noynoy Aquino.

But this fight is not just about Noynoy and me. It’s bigger than the two of us, it is bigger than the Liberal Party. It is about our collective thirst for change.

It is about our thirst for change finally overcoming those who want to continue the tayu-tayo system, the horse-trading, the greed, the self-interest, the transactional politics that has been the biggest roadblock to progress and prosperity for all.

Tungkol ito sa matuwid laban sa baluktot. Tungkol ito sa tapat laban sa tiwali. Tungkol ito sa tama laban sa mali.

Noy, you have raised the banner. Ito ang bandila ng reporma at pag-asa. Ito ang maglalagay ng pagkain sa mesa, dahil hindi na nanakawin ang pondo ng mga magsasaka. Ito ang magbibigay ng trabaho sa taumbayan, dahil hindi na kokotangan ang mga namumuhunan. Ito ang magpapaabot-kaya sa presyo ng gamot, dahil hindi na makikipagsabwatan sa mga abusadong pharmaceutical companies.

My friends, this is going to be a tough battle. We should not be lulled into complacency. We are up against forces who will fight tooth and nail, fair and unfair, legal and illegal, against us. Sa kanila yata, tuloy ang ligaya; sa atin naman, tuloy ang laban.

Kailangan nating isulong ang bandila ni Noy at ng reporma. Mahirap ang laban na ito, pero nasa kamay natin ang ating kapalaran.

Kung bawat araw, ang bawat isa sa atin ay makahimok ng isa pang kasangga natin, tiyak ang ating tagumpay.

Our opponents will exhaust all avenues in order to win. They have been robbing us for so long, and they want to continue robbing us. Pero hindi tayo papayag na manakaw din nila ang ating pag-asa.

Taglay ni Noynoy ang susi ng pagbabago: matapat na puso, malasakit sa kapwa, at pinakamahalaga, pagmamahal sa bayan. Buong-loob kong isinusulong si Noynoy Aquino. I am honored to join him in this field of battle.

To all of us here in this hall and all across this great nation, who are fighting alongside him, make no mistake about it: We will not back down from this fight, not now, not ever.

The fog of cynicism has already lifted from our hearts. Ngayon, puwede na muling mangarap.

Sama-sama tayo. Hindi namin kayo pababayaan. Lalaban tayo!

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/arnoldgamboa arnoldgamboa

    Understood. Not jumping on the bandwagon myself, too. Not yet. On the other hand, I feel that the GMA connection is virtually not present anymore. The reason why Noli de Castro is never on my radar is because, while he's doing great as housing czar (my opinion), he never stood up against the wrong. Mar was a former GMA kid, but did speak up at the end. Never too late. ;)

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/arnoldgamboa arnoldgamboa

    Understood. Not jumping on the bandwagon myself, too. Not yet. On the other hand, I feel that the GMA connection is virtually not present anymore. The reason why Noli de Castro is never on my radar is because, while he's doing great as housing czar (my opinion), he never stood up against the wrong. Mar was a former GMA kid, but did speak up at the end. Never too late. ;)

  • http://www.gannsdeen.com ganns

    Gotta tell you, A: I'm still a little wary. The man's GMA connection back in the day still has be a little… um… suspicious. I'm not jumping on the bandwagon just yet.

  • http://www.gannsdeen.com ganns

    Gotta tell you, A: I'm still a little wary. The man's GMA connection back in the day still has be a little… um… suspicious. I'm not jumping on the bandwagon just yet.

  • http://umcphilippines.org/youngpeople Mighty

    I, too, haven't made any decision who to vote yet. Mar just strikes me as the trapo type, but so is almost everyone else. heheh. Good thing I have a few months yet to decide. :)

  • http://umcphilippines.org/youngpeople Mighty

    I, too, haven't made any decision who to vote yet. Mar just strikes me as the trapo type, but so is almost everyone else. heheh. Good thing I have a few months yet to decide. :)