Before September 1, 2009, Manuel "Mar" Araneta Roxas was eyed for presidency. Jovito Salonga, Chair Emeritus of the Liberal Party, and Franklin Drilon, the party's chairman, have already endorsed him. But he shelved his presidential aspiration that day to the current president-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. Even though he has topped the 2004 senatorial elections. Even though he was the first politician to earn the trust of nearly 20 million Filipinos. Even though he has already proposed to Korina Sanchez, a frontline broadcast journalist from the ABS-CBN, in a noontime show on April 25, 2009.
He has denied it himself - Pilipina Ako does not know if he should be admired for that. If he was that dead serious in serving his country, well, let's just say that Pilipina Ako would've been happy if he had admitted that there are other reasons why he had given up his quest.