Video of Roxas-Romualdez meeting goes viral

A forty-minute video of a meeting between Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez has been been circulating in the social media since yesterday. The clip was uploaded by Philippine Star columnist Cito Beltran on video-sharing website YouTube. Watch the entire clip below:

In his article today, Beltran said the video was recorded in November 14, six days after Super typhoon Yolanda hit Eastern Visayas, by someone from the Romualdez camp. The writer claimed that he first learned of the video in November 26. “I actually wanted to stay out of the squabble except when it reached a point when Mar vehemently denied asking for a letter of resignation and anyone who claims such was a liar,” Beltran explained.

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Tacloban City Mayor Alfredo Romualdez (Credits: www.CorrectPhilippines.org)

 

Why is this video so crucial? Remember that last November 17, The Filipino Scribe and other news websites first reported that Roxas asked Romualdez to submit to him a letter stating that since he can no longer function effectively as a local government unit, the national government already needs to take over.  The video confirms this, with Roxas telling the Tacloban mayor: “Aquino ang presidente, Romualdez ka.”

 

 

Apparently, it’s Roxas who understood that there can be political implications if the Aquino administration is seen as moving against the city administration. As we have noted in a previous post that has since gone viral, President Benigno Aquino III and Mayor Romualdez has been at loggerheads since the election season.

 

Will this spell the doom for Roxas’ angling for the presidency by 2016? Abangan. (Curiously, Beltran once had a show with Korina Sanchez, Isyu 101, Roxas’ wife.)

 

 

 

 

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6 Comments on Video of Roxas-Romualdez meeting goes viral

  1. The squabble could not have happened if two matured individuals set aside their party affiliations and pride; and humbly focus on the tasks at hand. Question is, was there anyone matured in this scene?

    One is observably tensed while the other seem to be poised for an attack.

  2. Given the organized media reports (which can be skewed on one side depending on the reporter’s inclination) and what can be read in the anarchic social network, it’s still difficult to assess which one (or maybe both) is on for the gain or up ahead.

    It’s obvious Mar’s comments are like coming from a disgruntled female kid while Alfred is a boy crying to his mama.

    Funny to watch them and waste one’s time on to the delight of the educated masses in social media.

  3. THIS MEETING WAS REALLY A SHAMEFUL ONE, MAGTRABAHO KAYO AT KALIMUTAN NYO ANG PULITIKA ……. ALALAHANIN NYO TOTOONG MAY KARMA MR. ROXAS BAKA PAG NANGYARI SA IYO ITO PATI DILA MO WALA NG LALABAS NA LETRANG A …

  4. the thing about this is that Roxas lied, out and out lied, when he denied ever asking for that letter. How are we supposed to trust his words, and that of the government’s? And to make it a political issue, the giving of aid to those who have been affected by the Yolanda. How awful. It’s very sad.

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