Normally, in any upcoming election, the “Anointed One” of the incumbent is a position that is coveted because of the weight of the supposed political influence that the incumbent can bring. It is also, however, a tough spot to be in. If the incumbent was a good one, the pressure is on the chosen one to continue and improve on whatever the outgoing official started. If the incumbent was bad, then it would be easy to perceive his/her chosen one as bad as well.
I’ll leave it up to the readers to decide whether president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino is a good incumbent or a bad one.
Suffice to say, however, that BS Aquino’s chosen one, Mar Roxas, has had plenty of opportunities to communicate his ideas and offer the voters insight on what things are going to be like if he becomes the next president.
Things have not gone too well for Mar every time he has opened his mouth. He merely echoes the Daang Matuwid lines that more and more people are getting tired of.
If we were to play Hangman for every time Mar has opened his mouth and said something about current affairs, by now the stick figure would have been completed already. More than once.
The Typhoon Yolanda relief operations, the Mamasapano incident, the worsening traffic problem in Metro Manila, proposals to lower income tax rates, the continuation of placing the blame for the country’s problems on former president Gloria Arroyo, and now the ongoing “laglag-bala” (bullet-planting) extortion scheme in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) – the list of Mar Roxas’ verbal gaffes should already be long enough to allow Filipinos to decide whether they want this kind of man as president. And it’s probably going to get longer.
Of course, one can always cry foul about media’s “taking statements out of context”, or issue follow-up and clarification statements, but you really get only one chance to make a great first impression in any situation. No amount of PR can fix awkward statements taken the wrong way; it doesn’t help that the first reaction is usually considered too be the more honest one. That is why it’s important to weigh one’s words carefully before releasing them; they cannot be taken back.
Less talk, less mistake. I guess with Mar, we just have to let the thing speak for itself.
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