You cannot put a good man down.
With those words, President Benigno Aquino III implicitly endorsed Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II as his chosen successor in 2016.
“Kay Secretary Mar Roxas, nasa loob o nasa labas ka man ng gobyerno, hindi tumigil sa panlalait sa iyo ang mga kalaban ng Daang Matuwid dahil nga may bilang ka, dahil talaga may ibubuga ka, nagpupursige silang ibagsak ka. Palibahasa hindi nila kayang i-angat ang sarili kaya pilit ka nilang ibinababa,” he said in the course of thanking individual members of his official family toward the end of his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (Sona) during a joint session of Congress on Monday, July 27.
(To Secretary Mar, whether you were in or out of government, critics of Daang Matuwid relentlessly criticized you because you matter, you are capable, they will not stop bringing you down. Because they cannot rise up to your level, they try to bring you down.)
“Sa patuloy nilang paninira, ang mga kritiko mo na rin ang nagpapatunay na takot sila sa angkin mong integridad, husay at kahandaan sa trabaho. Mar, pinatutunayan mo: You can’t put a good man down,” he said.
(In their relentless efforts to destroy you, your critics have proven that they are scared of your integrity, your capability and your readiness for the job. Mar, you have proven that you can’t put a good man down.)
The President earlier said he would be announcing the presidential candidate that he would endorse for the 2016 elections.
Roxas eyed the presidency in 2010 but gave way to Aquino because of the growing clamor then to have the son of the late President Corazon Aquino seek the presidency.
The President said the people are wise enough to discern who among the presidential candidates has an “honest” intention to serve the country.
“Tulad ng pagtitiwala ng nanay at tatay ko, magtiwala kang alam ng taumbayan kung sino ang iuuna ang bayan bago ang sarili,” Aquino said in his speech, the longest he had delivered among his six Sonas.
Roxas has been poorly rating his the popularity surveys among preferred presidential candidates. He has been tailing behind Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay in both the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia opinion polls.