LEGAZPI CITY, June 4 (PNA) -- "Magpakatatag ka (be strong)!" Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas advised Senator Grace Poe amid the various criticisms thrown by her political critiques.
Roxas gave the unsolicited advice following personal and political issues thrown by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco against Poe's residency and qualification to run for the position of president.
In an ambush interview here Thursday, Roxas said "what I can advise is for her to be matatag (strong)."
His advice to Poe has been taken to mean that "demolition work" to discredit her has started to roll out.
Roxas and Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda led the turnover ceremonies of 15 units of Philippine National Police patrol jeeps to the 15 towns of the province.
Another 14 patrol jeeps will be released on Friday to the town police chiefs in Sorsogon.
Roxas was accompanied by his son, Paolo, a Yale University student.
The presence of Roxas' son caught by surprise the hundreds of spectators at the turnover rites.
The 29 Patrol jeeps distributed to Albay and Sorsogon are part of the PNPs Enhancement Program.
The Mahindra patrol jeeps were purchased in India under the PNP modernization program.
Roxas said the patrol cars have dual purposes: to boost the police anti-criminality drive and serve as a patrol unit to respond in times of calamity and emergency when needed by the community.
He claimed that the distribution of patrol cars are not tainted with politics as all local town mayors across the country will be given, setting aside their political parties and jackets (referring to the political chalicos worn by leaders) groups.
"Walang iwanan; pantay-pantay (No one should be left behind; all are equal)," he added. (PNA) RMA/RCK/FGS/MSA/CBD/EDS