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DILG sec exudes true Bulakenyo qualities
By: PPAO
Thursday, 12 September 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS—Strong composure while under pressure, a virtue that is a hallmark of a true noble Bulakeño.

This was how Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado described Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II after he and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando conferred to him the “Tanging Dangal ng Lipi” award, the highest recognition being given by the province to its outstanding sons and daughters.

Alvarado said that amidst the attack by heavily-armed Moro National Liberation Front rebels on several villages in Zamboanga, Secretary Roxas remain composed and on top of the situation, while ensuring at the same time that the safety of civilians is the utmost priority of the government.

“His strong character and his desire to serve the people well is a birthright virtue that he inherited from his ancestors in Bulacan, one of whom is among the members of the Malolos Congres that framed the Malolos Constitution that paved the way to the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic at Barasoain Church on January 13, 1899, making Malolos as the cradle of democracy in the continents of Asia and Africa” the governor said.

He said that Secretary Roxas flew immediately to Zamboanga to personally handle the crisis besieging that part of Mindanao.

Alvarado said that the DILG secretary is a living epitome of self-sacrifice and has been serving the country for many years as congressman, senator and cabinet secretary (DTI, DOTC, DILG).

He added that Roxas presence in the opening of the Singkaban Fiesta 2013 last Monday made the occasion more momentous and significant. He said Roxas shares the objectives of the Malolos Congress and the First Philippine Republic in which his ancestor played a major role.

Roxas is the great grandson of Don Ceferino Buencamino de Leon of San Miguel, Bulacan, who was among the members of the Malolos Congress in 1898. Don Seferino also served as senator from 1919 to 1922.

Roxas’ grandmother Trinidad Roxas, a champion of women’s welfare, became a first lady of the country when she married President Manuel Roxas when the latter was then the governor of Capiz. They were married in the newly built church in San Miguel, Bulacan.

Roxas’s father Gerardo was also a topnotch senator from 1963 to 1972. ###

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