‘Albee Showed True Color’, Says Presidentiable Mar Roxas

La Carlota City - Mar Roxas yesterday lashed at Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez (3rd district) for “showing his true colors” by jumping to the camp of Sen. Grace Poe.

Roxas made the statement at a press conference in La Carlota City Hall after speaking before a crowd of 5,000 at the public plaza and another 5,000 in Kabankalan City.

“He will be sadly mistaken and he will be sadly disappointed,” Roxas said over claims of Benitez last week that the province will go for Grace Poe.

“I am saddened by the decision of Cong. Albee but it was better that we saw his true colors,” he said, “it is for self- interest.”

The administration standard bearer and his running mate Rep. Leni Robredo was in the province for a four-city sortie to woo its 1.6 million voters, fourth largest voting population in the country.

“We wear the color yellow and join the Daang Matuwid because we have a cause. It is for a straight and clean government. This govern-ment is not for personal interests,” Roxas said.

He pointed out that Benitez’ interest to become Speaker of the House was promised to him if Poe wins.

“This is not about Mar Roxas. This is not about Leni Robredo. This is not about any one person or anyone else’s political ambition. This is about the future of our country. This is about the Negrenses,” Roxas said.

He added, the elections is “about everyone who wants to live a decent life.”

Roxas cited the beginnings of the Negros Island Region.

“We showed that we can change the mechanisms of government to better focus in addressing the needs of the people,” he said, “we also showed that we can shift from being just a mono-crop province.”

Right now, more than 10,000 hectares are planted with rice and the site of several of solar power plants, he said.

“This is the progress that Daang Matuwid brought to Negros. This is what we want to continue here,” he added.

Whatever the decision made by Cong. Albee, his provincemates saw “his true colors,” Roxas said.

Benitez cannot be reached for comment as of press deadline.* (Eugene Y. Adiong)