Doña Rosario Acuña and woman suffrage

The parish Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting urged the public to register before the September 30, 2021 deadline.

“Do get registered as registration activities are continuing since January and until September,” PPCRV Executive Director Maria Isabel Buenaobra said at Radio Veritas, a Catholic-run radio station.

Some Filipinos do not have an idea how hard for women to exercise their right to vote.

Before the enactment of the 1935 Constitution, elections belong to the selected few.

Unknown to many, the mother of President Manuel Roxas was one of the leading women suffragists in the province.

Seventy-one years ago, when Dona Rosario Acuña Picazo died on February 13, 1950, nearly two years after his son Manuel passed away.

Dona Rosario was just 22 years old when his husband Gerardo Roxas, the father of President Manuel and Mamerto was killed by Guardia civil at a party in Panay, Capiz.

She remained single until she married Atty. Eugenio Picazo, who became the first Delegate of the First Legislative District of Capiz during the First Philippine Assembly. They have blessed a son, Evaristo Picazo, who became a lawyer like his father.

Dona Rosario belongs to the Buena Familia, his father Don Eleuterio was a successful businessman who migrated from Luzon and eventually settled in Capiz. Her brother Rafael, the second appointed governor of Agusan and appointed Representative of Mindanao and Sulu and later became the Governor of Capiz.

There are no accounts about the political participation of Doña Rosario with his son’s political career as a representative or governor.

However, during the plebiscite on whether or not they should be allowed to vote or not vote, the Acuña actively participated. As reported in the Tribune newspapers, it was said that the number of votes cast is estimated to be about 10,000. Mrs. Rosario Acuna de Picazo, the mother of Assemblyman Manuel Roxas, personally conducted women voters to their respective precincts.*