President Aquino raises the hand of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to the shower of confetti after Aquino endorsed Roxas for the presidential race at the Club Filipino in Greenhills on Friday. Aquino cited Roxas' record and pointed to him as the best bet to continue the "Daang Matuwid" (Straight Path).  (MNS photo)

President Aquino raises the hand of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to the shower of confetti after Aquino endorsed Roxas for the presidential race at the Club Filipino in Greenhills on Friday. Aquino cited Roxas’ record and pointed to him as the best bet to continue the “Daang Matuwid” (Straight Path). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Monday morning confirmed that he has formally asked Sen. Grace Poe to be his running mate in the 2016 national elections.

“Nagkita kami ni Senator Grace, maayos ang aming pag-uusap. Sa mga detalye ay sa amin na muna iyon,” Roxas told reporters in Laguna where he distributed 204 light patrol jeeps for eight provinces.

“Mayroon namang schedule ulit na magkikita. Ang the best is nag-usap kami nitong nakaraang mga araw, mayroon pang pag-uusap sa darating na araw,” Roxas added.

He said the meeting lasted for a few hours and Poe was accompanied by her husband, Neil Llamanzares.

“It was previously offered already or done or invited. Ang pagbabago ay magmula nung aming huling pag-uusap, itong huli ay na-endorse na po tayo ng Pangulo. So minarapat ko na sariwain yung dati at maayos naman ang kanyang pagtanggap,” he said when asked about his offer to Poe.

Roxas also likened his offer’s current situation to “Aldub,” the onscreen loveteam of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub of Eat Bulaga.

“Parang si AlDub lang yan e, hashtag may tamang panahon. So mangyayari at mangyayari yan sa tamang panahon,” he said.

Poe, meanwhile, has yet to confirm the meeting. Her staff said the senator will be available for interview before the start of session in the afternoon.

Poe has repeatedly declined to confirm if she is running for president with Sen. Francis Escudero as her running mate. (MNS)