By Raymund Antonio
Former presidential candidate Mar Roxas is not closing any doors to a possible senatorial run for the 2019 midterm elections if the need to provide public service arises.
“I think lahat ng Pilipino na tinawag magserbisyo, bukas eh (I think all Filipinos, who were called to serve, are open to it),” he said in an interview on Sunday over Vice President Leni Robredo’s radio show, “BISErbisyong Leni.”
Roxas, who was Robredo’s running mate in the 2016 elections, skirted around the question about his political plans for next year.
Robredo asked Roxas whether he is open to run for the Senate considering the importance of next year’s senatorial race. He told the Vice President that he still seeks an answer for that question.
“Hindi ko gusto na ilahok ang sarili ko, iprisinta ang sarili ko sa kababayan natin na sasabihin ko ipaglalaban ko kayo na hindi buong buo ‘yung loob ko (I don’t want to participate, to present myself to our countrymen telling them I will fight for them when I’m not fully decided),”said Roxas, a former interior secretary.
The Vice President, Liberal Party (LP), which she chairs, and other groups are prodding Roxas to run for senator, but he has not made up his mind on the matter.
Robredo said many people asked her to convince Roxas to consider a senatorial candidacy for the 2019 polls.
The opposition calls for him to run for public office as he ranked between 14th and 19th in the recent Pulse Asia survey.
But Roxas shrugged off this clamor from his party mates as well as the survey result.
Roxas admitted he’s still discerning for the reason why he should run for senator.
“Alam natin sitwasyon ng bansa natin… pero para sa akin hindi iyon ang batayan para sa desisyon. Ang hinahanap ko ‘yun sinseridad sa kalooban ko na nais pang magpatuloy,” he said.
(I know the country’s situation..but for me that is not a basis for my decision. I’m looking for sincerity of myself if I will want to continue.)
“Kung mangyayari man ito, gusto ko mangyari dahil sa tamang motivation (If this will happen, I want it to happen because of the right motivation),” he added.
Roxas served in the Senate from 2004 to 2010, before he was defeated in the 2010 vice presidential race. He then became Transportation secretary and Interior secretary during the previous Aquino administration before he lost to former Davao Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte in his presidential bid in 2016.