"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."
- Gerardo M. Roxas (August 25, 1924 – April 19, 1982), better known as Gerry Roxas, was representative of the First District of Capiz and Senator. Roxas led the Liberal Party senatorial slate in 1963 and emerged the topnotcher. In 1965, he ran for Vice-President. 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 scholarship grants (1958) in Capiz province and later, the nationwide Gerry Roxas Leadership Awards (1968) to motivate and develop the youth’s potentials in leadership and service to country.