Saturday, August 01, 2009

Korina Sanchez Defends Mar From Critics

Korina Sanchez Defends Mar From Critics
By: Reyma Buan-Deveza
July 31,2009

MANILA - Veteran broadcaster Korina Sanchez is standing by her man.

Sanchez, who is engaged to Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, is unfazed by the criticisms being hurled at her fiancé.

"Ako ay natutuwa na binabatikos siya. Kasi kung halimbawa ang tao ay medyo galit doon sa bumabatikos sa kanya, di ibig sabihin si Sen. Mar Roxas na ngayon ang tunay na opposition," Sanchez said after her first ever live chat on Thursday.

Sanchez pointed out that Roxas, a known critic of President Arroyo, strongly opposes corruption and anomalies under the present administration. She added that the Arroyo administration has a lot to explain to the public.

"Mas marami ang hindi maipaliwanag na pondong nawawala, mas marami ang nagpayaman ng hindi maipaliwanag, napakaraming pandaraya na nangyari. May mga testigo, may mga ebidensiya, may maraming kaso na hindi umuusad. Mayroong napakaraming pera na hindi mo alam kung saan ginagamit. Mas maraming tao ang humirap," she said.

During her State of the Nation Address on Monday, Mrs. Arroyo took a swipe at her critics including Roxas.

Pointing to her decision to pass a tougher Cheaper Medicines Law, Mrs. Arroyo gave this piece of advice: "To those who want to be President, this advice: If you want something done, do it hard, do it well. Don’t pussyfoot. Don't pander. Don't say bad words in public. Just do it."

The verbal swipe drew laughs and loud applause from the audience inside the Batasang Pambansa as it reminded them of Roxas expletive during an anti-Charter change rally in Makati last year.

Meanwhile, when asked if she is now ready to become the country’s first lady, Sanchez declined to comment, saying she is not yet thinking about it. She also noted that the senator has yet to declare his candidacy.

The broadcaster is now busy planning for their much-anticipated wedding. She said the big day will take place in Metro Manila before the end of the year.


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