UNA has no worries on Mar in DILG – Enrile

SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile on Monday expressed no apprehension that the appointment of Mar Roxas in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is connected to 2013 mid-term election, and in preparation for 2016 presidential poll.

“We are not insecure to the appointment of Sec. Roxas because we respect the electorate of the country. Di naman hawak sa ilong ng administration ang ating bayan, ang bayan ang huhusga sa election, Enrile referring to apprehension by some quarter that DILG will be used to hold on local government units in favor the administration candidates in 2013.

“Even during Marcos time in 1971, all of our candidate were wiped out because of the Plaza Miranda bombing. Ganyan yan eh, taumbayan ang huhusga, lalo na ngayon automated na, you cannot dictate on the electorate,” Enrile said.

“Di naman mangmang ang mga voters natin. They are not herds, hindi naman pangkat yan, tulad ng isda na sama-sama, o pukyutan ang thinking ng ating mamamayan,” he added.

He also lambasted the administration’s detractors on Roxas appointment and asked them to study first the country’s political system before criticizing since it not only making a mockery on voters’ right to chose, but also the right of the President to appoint his alter ego in every department.

“You know, it is the right of the President to choose people with his trust and confidence that will help him because that position is the duty of the president. But he only appoint people there as his representative, or alter ego. So to those critics, they should study first the system in government before they speak,” Enrile said.

He said there is no major significance (sic) in the appointment of Roxas because still the electorate will decide whom they will vote for, unless they will be persuaded by the secretary.

“Wala, wala yun. Meron silang secretary na magaling, kung magaling siya, at maakit niya ang mga iba. Pero, may kanya-kanyang factors ang election. Hindi lang poera, at hindi lang political power, it is in the current condition of the country, events, and then the persuasive ability of the candidate,’” he explained.

Enrile added the appointing a member of the President party, the Liberal Party (LP) into his Cabinet is the reality of our political life but that doesn’t mean they have the edge over other political groupings.

“It is natural to appoint (his partymates) but the reality of our political life,  kahit yung mga mayors di rin sila sigurado. Iyong mayor may kalaban din, yong congressman, may kalaban din, governors, board members, may mga kalaban din, even iyong barangay captains, may mga opposition yun sa kani-kanilang bayan sa kani-kanilang lugar,” Ernile said.

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