Just kidding folks, Mar Roxas really didn’t say that, but he might as well have said it.
Thing is, Roxas’ reaction to Senator Grace Poe’s announcement of her decision to run as president instead of accepting an offer to be his running mate in the 2016 elections might serve as an indication of the character and type of leadership he is offering.
Instead of showing confidence and charm by welcoming Poe’s announcement and wishing her well as she joins the race to the Philippine presidency, Roxas’ reaction gives off an insecure and bratty vibe. For some reason, I imagine it is the same sort of reaction a kid would have if he is asked to share a favorite toy with another kid.
Here is an excerpt of his reaction published in Rappler:
He added: “So, kung anuman ang kanyang napagpasyahan at desisyon na ia-anunsyo bukas ay re-respetuhin natin. Kung ayaw na niya sa Daang Matuwid ay nasasakanya naman po yun (So, whatever her decision is and whatever she announces tomorrow, we will respect that. If she doesn’t want to be part of the Daang Matuwid, that’s her decision).”
(Full article here: http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/105981-mar-roxas-comment-grace-poe-plan)
In the Youtube video embedded in the Rappler article, reporters tried to draw Roxas reaction out and this was the exchange that transpired:
Reporter: Sinasabi ni Grace Poe na walang may monopolya ng daang matuwid
Roxas: Well opinion niya yan. Nagsimula ang kanyang pagiging lingkod bayan nung pinili siya ng ating Pangulong Pnoy na maging kabahagi ng daang matuwid nang siya ay tinalagang mtrcb…. (truncated)
Reporter… So she cannot claim daang matuwid?
Roxas: Well, ang ama ng daang matuwid ay si? Diba parang malinaw na yun?
With Roxas, you pretty much have to read between the lines most of the times because he tends to pussyfoot a lot and this is why, instead of saying outright that HE ALONE is the candidate representing DAANG MATUWID, he had to keep referring to Aquino.
That to me is rather weak.
Remember that time when Roxas shouted choice curse words at an anti-Charter Change rally on Ayala Avenue? Well, just putting that together with what former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in his 9th State of the Nation Address, it seems Roxas was the one being referred to as pussyfoot.
To those who want to be President, this advice: If you really want something done, just do it. Do it hard, do it well. Don’t pussyfoot. Don’t pander. And don’t say bad words in public.
(Read the rest of the speech here http://www.gov.ph/2009/07/27/gloria-macapagal-arroyo-ninth-state-of-the-nation-address-july-27-2009/ )
In a column by Cito Beltran, advise is given to Roxas in the manner in which he should pursue his lofty aspirations back in 2009:
“MR. Pussyfoot foot” should realize that once you get personal and ugly, you automatically cast off the mantle of decency from the table. Those you attack and single out will then have no second thoughts “doing unto you, what you have done unto others”.
As a result, “MR. Pussyfoot” got a taste of his own medicine from no less than the President and in the most public of events, the same way he has subjected others to very public accusation and public humiliation.
Perhaps it is time for “MR. Pussyfoot” to step on the brakes and step down from the train. We don’t have to agree on everything but we can all agree not to be disagreeable. Putting one’s foot on the ground in humility will make you a better foe, if not a better man.
(Read the rest of the column here http://www.philstar.com/opinion/490739/mr-pussyfoot)
Thing is, I think Roxas had just but barely restrained himself in that interview regarding Grace Poe’s candidacy and what he essentially said was something like, “It’s my way or the highway.”
This typically pig-headed attitude had surfaced before during that now infamous video of him berating Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and saying:
“You have to understand that you are a Romualdez and the president is an Aquino. So we just want to legalize this. Now if this is not legalized, then okay you are in charge… Bahala kayo sa buhay ninyo!”
(See video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_oxV8ylgOI)
As if that weren’t enough, he had to follow it up with something that Cito Beltran might regard as sadistic. In this video which you can find here, Roxas was heard asking if Romualdez had already gotten stress debriefing and insinuated that he may not be in the right mental state. At the end of the video, Roxas guffawed.
Given the huge number of memes attacking Grace Poe and Jejomar Binay that I come across everyday, I really do wonder if Roxas’ campaign team is funding such operations and if the funds being used are coming from his own pocket.
Thing is, I’ve also been seeing Palace spokespersons Edwin Lacierda and Abigal Valte speaking for Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party when they should be constraining themselves to matters involving the President — which, after all, is what they are really being paid as government employees to do.
At the very least, it would be improper for these people to use government time and resources to speak for Mar Roxas and the LP.
Anyway, going back to Roxas and Daang Matuwid… my hunch is that if he becomes president, we can expect more of the yellow ribbon mania. We can expect that everyone who didn’t support him in his campaign for president will be hunted down and vilified. We can expect that those who didn’t don the yellow ribbon will not have a voice in his administration.
What we face with Roxas is either his way or the highway… That doesn’t look very democratic, does it? It seems arrogant and despotic!
JP Fenix wrote something about this kind of yellow ribbon/yellow army centered rule which I hope will not be the way it will be for the next six years after Noynoy Aquino steps down:
And that’s why I have a beef with that DAMNED YELLOW RIBBON. It is partisan and exclusive. It is a yellow agenda, for a yellow army. If you don’t subscribe to the yellow agenda, you are not one of us. If you don’t subscribe to the yellow agenda, you are not deserving of our good graces.
And ever since PNoy was elected president, and in every celebration or crisis we experienced as a nation, all the ups and downs we have faced, good or bad we have had, I feel increasingly excluded. I am distanced by that DAMNED YELLOW RIBBON.
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