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Mar vs Bam! Mar Roxas abandons LP slate amid reports of rifts within the party

"Mar Roxas needed to get away from (Aquino’s) shadow."
There’s one lesson senatorial candidate Mar Roxas learned the hard way from his losing presidential run in 2016, according to his campaign manager: He should never have worn yellow.

“Now our color is blue,” said Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, who is running the former Interior Secretary’s campaign under the opposition Otso Diretso ticket.

Yellow, after all, is the signature color of the Liberal Party (LP) and President Benigno Aquino III.

Today, yellow, or colloquially, “dilawan,” is the catch-all epithet thrown by die-hard supporters of President Duterte at his detractors, Liberal or otherwise.

“It was a conscious decision [to change colors] because one mistake [Roxas] made in 2016 was acting like Robin to [Aquino’s] Batman … and Robin will never be Batman,” Erice told the Inquirer.

He said it was a bitter pill to swallow for the LP standard-bearer who “needed to get away from (Aquino’s) shadow” and, more importantly, to stay true to his own identity and political brand.

Erice admitted that Roxas was intentionally putting distance between himself and Otso as well as broader opposition forces. “This is because whenever other Otso candidates speak out [against the President], Mar bears the brunt of it,” he said.

The gap between Roxas and the rest of the Otso candidates had been observed early on when he didn’t show up with them on the first day of the campaign in Erice’s district in Caloocan in February.

Instead, Roxas opted to kickstart his campaign in his Capiz hometown.

Rumors of a rift between Roxas and Bam Aquino have swirled, owing to a feud that dates back to 2016.

This move by Roxas is a signature Roxas move as he is known for taking extreme measures just to get ahead of his opponents.

In 2016, Roxas asked Grace Poe to withdraw from the race days before the election and give way for him in an attempt to stop a Duterte presidency.

Grace Poe found it ridiculous and did not budge. Poor Roxas.

Mar vs Bam! Mar Roxas abandons LP slate amid reports of rifts within the party Mar vs Bam! Mar Roxas abandons LP slate amid reports of rifts within the party Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 7:13:00 AM Rating: 5

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