The Liberal Party (LP) yesterday vehemently denied the statement of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) that it will resort to massive cheating and vote manipulation just to ensure victory for consistent survey tail ender Mar Roxas.
LP spokesman Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo labeled as "preposterous" the statement made by UNA secretary general Atty. JV Bautista.
Bautista issued the statement during the launching of Anib (Abogado ni Binay), the group of lawyers who said the Philippines needs a lawyer as next president.
"Preposterous. These incessant and continuous baseless attacks by UNA on Mar only reveal their insecurity," Quimbo, also a lawyer, told the Daily Tribune.
The two-term Marikina congressman said the LP is wondering why UNA is spending a lot of energy in spreading fears that the May elections will be marred by cheating to assure the victory of candidates allied with the administration.
"It's a puzzle that they keep dismissing Mar's candidacy but spend a lot of energy attacking him," the LP spokesman added.
Quimbo hinted that the baseless attacks only connote that the opposition party is afraid of the LP bet for presidency. "They're scared of his candidacy," the spokesman said.
However, Quimbo didn't reply when asked what is the probability that Mar, 58, will win over Vice President Jejomar Binay for the presidency in the May 9, 2016 elections.
The LP spokesman also didn't answer when asked what can he say about the lackluster candidacy of the LP bet for presidency, especially in surveys where he is always at the tail end among Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, Davao City Mayor Rudy Duterte and Sen. Miriam Santiago.
Quimbo is also under heavy bashing from netizens for being cavalier when he replied to his bashers who criticized him when he said in an Instagram post that he was with his bus mates when in fact he, Roxas and Rep. Leni Robredo were on-board a helicopter in a campaign sortie in Bicol.
Several text inquiries were sent to Roxas to comment about the issue of cheating and manipulation but as expected he didn't reply.
Prior to the warning of Bautista, many observers have already said that it will be very difficult for Mar to win because of his 'coAo' image.
"Mar has been like that ever since. Mar is unlike Binay who can enter the narrowest labyrinths and mingle with the people without being branded politicking," said top lawyer Victorino Fornier.
Another critic said Mar's frequent changing of image spelled disaster for him because the people feel he is being packaged to as pro-people.
"He used to be Mr. Palengke but he later became Mr. Padyak.
He should have maintained the Mr. Palengke package because they own Farmer's Market but never Mr. Padyak because he belongs to the ultra rich Araneta-Roxas clan," said another critic who requested not to be named.
Meanwhile, Roxas, urged jobseekers to take advantage of the IT-BPO industry which, according to an online employment agency, offers the best job prospects.
"Our people need jobs and that is what I am focused on. We saw the potential of the BPO industry and we are now reaping the fruits since it now provides our people with well-paid jobs," Roxas said.
Roxas has been called "the father of BPO industry in the Philippines" since he was instrumental in allowing IT-BPO companies to set up operations in the country when he was Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry.
Jobstreet, the biggest online employment agency, said the BPO industry offered the biggest job prospects, with 260,278 or a third of the total 781,766 available jobs advertised on its website last year.
It also reported that the IT industry continued to provide the highest-paying jobs.
Over a million Filipinos are employed in the IT-BPO sector, and the number is expected to grow to 1.3 million this year as the industry has become one of the biggest profit-generating sectors in the country.
During the "Daang Matuwid" team sorties in Negros Occidental last Feb. 16, local officials acknowledged Roxas for starting the BPO industry in the province with more than 20,000 employed and still increasing.
Roxas said the call center industry had provided Negrenses with good jobs and he will continue to promote good employment opportunities throughout the country.
"That is the focus of our improving on the gains of the Daang Matuwid, that we will provide more job opportunities for our people," he said.