A blog, topnews1948.wordpress.com, posted this story in November 2015 along with a meme that even a first-grader can do.
This meme also started circulating:
This is still being circulated so we’re debunking it now. This video shows the interview of Mar Roxas on November 5, 2015:
His answer to one of the questions was clearly put out of context:
“Syempre kung nagpasok ka ng contraband sa airport, pano naging problema ng gobyerno yun?”
Prior to that answer, he said:
“Malinaw dito no, hindi policy ng pamahalaan, hindi policy ng Daang Matuwid ang magsamantala, at gumawa ng pangongotong o maglaglag droga, laglag bala, laglag kahit ano, sa ating mga kababayan. Policy natin ang matuwid, ang matapat, ang maayos na pamamahala. Kung meron mang gumagawa nito, kahit naka-uniporme pa sila ay dapat lamang na maparusahan at masuspinde, matanggal sa serbisyo. Ang mahalaga dito ay magpatuloy ang tiwala na pinagkakaloob ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga kinauukulan, sa kanilang pamahalaan. Ang pamahalaan ay dapat kasangga nila at hindi pinagmulan pa o sanhi ng perwisyo sa kanila.”
Clearly, he meant that those who were caught doing laglag bala should be held accountable (regardless if they are OFWs or not). Nowhere in this interview did he say that he does not need OFW votes.
His recent campaign in HK would disprove that dubious claim. According to Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post:
“It was the first time a presidential candidate from the island nation officially took a campaign overseas, highlighting the status of Hong Kong where the population of Philippine expatriates has risen from about 130,000 during the 2010 presidential election to about 170,000 at present, mostly comprising foreign domestic workers.
Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo took a long-distance detour from their tight campaign schedule in the Philippines for a nine-hour visit in the city.”
Yes, Mar Roxas needs OFW votes.