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Gerardo Manuel de Leon Roxas, Sr. (August 25, 1924 – April 19, 1982), better known as Gerry Roxas or Gerardo M. Roxas, was one of two children of former Philippine President Manuel Roxas. He was the father of Gerardo "Dinggoy" A. Roxas, Jr. and former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel "Mar" A. Roxas II. As a representative of the First District of Capiz
Capiz
and, later, as a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines (1963 to 1972), Gerry Roxas sponsored legislation that benefited the masses, improved living conditions, provided employment and family income and in general, promoted equitable sharing in the wealth of the nation. He also wrote many bills of national importance and was consistently voted by the Philippines Free Press and other national publications as one of the outstanding Senators of the Philippines.

Contents

1 Life and political career 2 Martial law years 3 Gerry Roxas Foundation 4 Quotations 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Life and political career[edit] Born in Manila
Manila
on August 25, 1924, Gerry Roxas was heir to a tradition of public service and leadership. His father, Manuel Acuña Roxas of Capiz, was the first President of the Republic. His mother, Trinidad De Leon of San Miguel, Bulacan, was the daughter of the late Senator Ceferino De Leon, who was a member of the Malolos Congress
Malolos Congress
which drafted the revolutionary Constitution of 1896. He finished elementary school at the De La Salle College and high school at the Ateneo de Manila. He studied law at the University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines
College of Law and graduated in 1949. The following year, he was admitted to the Philippine Bar. In 1955, Gerry Roxas married Judy, the daughter of J. Amado and Ester Araneta, with whom he had three children: Maria Lourdes ("Ria"), Manuel II ("Mar") and the late Gerardo, Jr. (“Dinggoy”). In 1957, he was elected Congressman of the First District of Capiz
Capiz
and won with an overwhelming majority. He was re-elected in 1961. Gerry Roxas led the Liberal Party senatorial slate in 1963 and, after an exciting contest, emerged the top-notcher, obtaining the highest number of votes cast for a national candidate.[2] In 1965, he ran for Vice-President as the running mate of then President Diosdado Macapagal. In the unfinished counting of the abruptly stopped Comelec tabulation, he lost by merely 26,724 votes, the narrowest margin ever recorded in our country’s Vice-Presidential elections. He ran for re-election in the 1969 senatorial elections and emerged as the sole survivor of the entire Liberal Party senatorial slate. As a young congressman, Gerry Roxas established the Roxas Educational Advancement Committee in 1958. The organization provided scholarship grants to youths in Capiz
Capiz
province.[3] The program later expanded to the nationwide Gerry Roxas Leadership Awards (1967) to motivate and develop the youth’s potentials in leadership and service to country. This nationwide program continues to this day.[4] Martial law years[edit]

Gerardo M. Roxas (right) during a meeting in West-Germany with secretary of state Karl Carstens
Karl Carstens
(left) in 1964

Gerry Roxas served as Philippine Senator from 1963 until September 1972, when Martial Law
Martial Law
was declared by then President Ferdinand Marcos. At that time, he was President of the Liberal Party[5] and was also co-Chairman of the United Nationalist Democratic Organization (UNIDO), a multi-sector network which galvanized societal opposition to Martial Law. As a political fiscalizer, he tirelessly worked at building consensus, uniting Filipinos of different persuasions to forge a common goal: the return to democratic rule in the Philippines. He vigorously advocated for democracy and civil liberties, but did not live to see his efforts fulfilled. Roxas died on April 19, 1982 at the age of 58 in Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City
New York City
due to cancer. Gerry Roxas Foundation[edit] His legacy continues to this day through the institution that bears his name – the Gerry Roxas Foundation. The foundation implements programs towards local governance development, barangay justice and peace, health services, youth leadership and development finance. The foundation is headed by his widow, Judy A. Roxas, with his son, former Senator and DILG Secretary Mar Roxas' assistance as an honorary member of the Board of Trustees.[6] Quotations[edit]

"You must continue as I must continue to fight, Because we have been pampered by our people. We have been elected to serve and in service we must give all." — Gerry Roxas to Ninoy Aquino, Ninoy Aquino's Eulogy to Gerry Roxas. Ninoy Aquino
Ninoy Aquino
and Gerry Roxas have a very close relationship aside from being part of the same political party. [7]

"Only when we are vigilant – ready to participate in the public dialogue, militant in the protection of our cherished rights and assertive in the invalid of constructive dissent—will we be able to reverse the downward trend and ensure the ascendancy of a truly democratic and resilient state, a society responsive to the challenges we face." — Gerry Roxas

See also[edit]

Manuel Roxas Mar Roxas Liberal Party (Philippines) Trinidad De Leon

References[edit]

^ President Marcos declared Martial Law
Martial Law
and the Congress of the Philippines was Abolished. ^ "Official COMELEC Website".  ^ "Gerry Roxas Foundation: History". www.gerryroxasfoundation.org. Retrieved 2018-02-23.  ^ "Gerry Roxas Foundation: Leadership Development". www.gerryroxasfoundation.org. Retrieved 2018-02-23.  ^ "Liberal Party of the Philippines".  ^ "Gerry Roxas Foundation: Board of Trustees". www.gerryroxasfoundation.org. Retrieved 2018-03-09.  ^ "Senator Ninoy Aquino's Tribute to Senator Gerry Roxas". Mar Roxas. 1982-04-19. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 

External links[edit]

The Gerry Roxas Foundation

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Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines

C. M. Recto Garcia Padilla Fernandez Padilla Roxas Ponce Enrile Tañada Angara Gonzales Maceda Guingona Pimentel Sotto Pimentel Cayetano Ponce Enrile Sotto (Acting) R. Recto

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Candidates in the Philippine presidential election, 1965

Liberal Party

President:

Diosdado Macapagal

Vice President:

Gerardo Roxas

Nacionalista Party

President:

Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
(won)

Vice President:

Fernando Lopez
Fernando Lopez
(won)

Other third party candidates

President:

Raul Manglapus Gaudencio Bueno Aniceto A. Hidalgo Segundo B. Baldovi Nic V. Garces German F. Villanueva Guillermo M. Mercado Antonio Nicolas Jr. Blandino P. Ruan Praxedes Floro

Vice President:

Manuel Manahan Gonzalo D. Vasquez Severo Capales Eleodoro Salvador

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