Mar Roxas’ 2016 run doomed

Mar Roxas’ 2016 run doomed

Volume XVII NO 26 (April 19 – 25, 2014)

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Are you still so dull?’ Jesus asked them. `Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them’…” (Jesus, our God and Savior, in Matthew 15:16-18, the Holy Bible).

SINNING AFTER KNOWING THE TRUTH IN JESUS: Here’s a part of the Bible that could cleanse man of sin: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God… For we know him who said, `It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, `The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God…”

MAR ROXAS’ 2016 RUN DOOMED: Now that Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City is investigating reports that Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas cussed and cursed after he refused to pay the proper fees for his guest who wanted to play golf in Wack Wack last April 6, 2014, his future as the Liberal Party’s presidential standard bearer in 2016—and his future as president as well—appear all the more doomed.

The investigation—and the media coverage in its aftermath—will surely destroy him some more, because they will focus on claims by Wack Wack employees that Roxas, despite his high status in life, have no qualms uttering invectives in public, and can even refuse to pay required fees for his guest, while blurting out “for me, the president does not matter” at the same time. I am sure there will be great interest on who he was referring to as “the president” that did not matter to him.

But whoever president Roxas referred to in his outburst, made in the presence of his wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez, his reported ill-mannered conduct, publicized in media now, constitutes some sort of a political madness because it will make his supporters shirk from making him their presidential candidate in 2016. Indeed, who would want to field a hot-tempered and cursing candidate, especially for the highest position in the country yet?

“WHOM THE GODS WISH TO DESTROY”: As I am writing this, I am reminded of what the famed American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote in his poem “The Masque of Pandora”. Longfellow, through Prometheus, one of the characters in the poem, said: “whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”.  Whether Roxas admits it or not, it was madness not to pay the required fees for playing golf, as it was madness as well to make an outburst in public.

No matter how Roxas may apologize for the incident now, the lasting impression he has created is that he is a lawbreaker who, for the measly amount of P5,100.00, could break and disregard established rules and procedures, if not for his own sake, for the sake of his friends.

He is now also pictured as someone who can abuse others, especially lower-ranked employees, when he is not given what we wants. Then again, the incident also portrayed his apparent ungratefulness to “the president”—who could be President Aquino, his political benefactor after 2010, or who could be the Wack Wack president. The question in the minds of many now is: can we afford a president who does these things?

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