Last Monday, Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, the erstwhile Liberal Party standard bearer, announced his decision to withdraw from the presidential derby to give way to Noynoy. The decision must be very painful for Roxas. Talks of a future presidential run began as early as 2004, when he topped the senatorial race with 18 million votes.
His assumption of the LP presidency in 2007 was widely seen as a decisive step toward his 2010 bid. By late 2008, he began airing his “Murang Gamot” info-mercial. He had also beefed up his campaign team with former Arroyo officials like Florencio Abad, Avelino Cruz and Cesar Purisima.
This year, Roxas flooded the public with his “Padyak” TV ad. Then, there's his very public engagement in with Korina Sanchez. Indeed, his now-scrapped presidential bid has been years in the making. Ironically, Roxas never had any traction in the surveys (# 5 in the latest Pulse Asia poll). In fact, he has reportedly spent P500 million on TV ads from October 208 to August 2009! Then, there's Korina.
Imagine, she set aside her 25 year broadcasting career just to marry Roxas! Now, her upcoming October 23 wedding has lost much of its luster to the voters. So, her illusions of being the nation's First Lady are gone. I assume she's now singing “Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang” - to Noynoy Aquino.