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
As a representative of the First District of
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.
1 Life and political career
2 Martial law years
3 Gerry Roxas Foundation
5 See also
7 External links
Life and political career
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 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.
In 1957, he was elected Congressman of the First District of
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. 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 province. 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.
Martial law years
Gerardo M. Roxas (right) during a meeting in West-Germany with
secretary of state
Karl Carstens (left) in 1964
Gerry Roxas served as Philippine Senator from 1963 until September
Martial Law was declared by then President Ferdinand
Marcos. At that time, he was President of the Liberal Party 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
New York City
New York City due to cancer.
Gerry Roxas Foundation
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.
"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
Ninoy Aquino and Gerry Roxas have a very close relationship
aside from being part of the same political party. 
"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
— Gerry Roxas
Liberal Party (Philippines)
Trinidad De Leon
^ President Marcos declared
Martial Law and the Congress of the
Philippines was Abolished.
^ "Official COMELEC Website".
^ "Gerry Roxas Foundation: History". www.gerryroxasfoundation.org.
^ "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.
The Gerry Roxas Foundation
Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
C. M. Recto
Candidates in the Philippine presidential election, 1965
Ferdinand Marcos (won)
Fernando Lopez (won)
Other third party candidates
Aniceto A. Hidalgo
Segundo B. Baldovi
Nic V. Garces
German F. Villanueva
Guillermo M. Mercado
Antonio Nicolas Jr.
Blandino P. Ruan
Gonzalo D. Vasquez