Voting for Mar Roxas will result in continuation of the same inutile Aquino government


Presidential Elections in the Philippines is ugly but never boring. It’s when you witness a lot of mudslinging between candidates and their supporters. It gets worse as Election Day approaches. Presidential bets use every negative piece of information against their opponents in an effort to beat them at popularity surveys or in some cases, disqualify them from running. This was the case with previous frontrunner, Senator Grace Poe who was disqualified by the Commission on Elections from running as President.

I must say that this coming 2016 Election is a lot more interesting than the previous one in 2010, but it is not because the quality of the debate has improved. Back in 2010, with the exception of then Senator Benigno Simeon Aquino, the rest of the candidates were a bit more straightforward compared to the number of clowns this time around. Presidential candidate, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s cussing, womanizing and death threats for example, have certainly added color to the scene today.

While the candidates in 2010 had exposure mainly through mainstream media, the candidates now have to deal a lot more with social media because Netizens are a lot savvier. Unfortunately for the candidates, things can become brutal. Anyone who has access to a computer can create a meme and post something potentially damaging to the image of any candidate.

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More 'Daang Matuwid'? Not much will change in the Philippines under a Mar Roxas presidency.

More ‘Daang Matuwid’? Not much will change in the Philippines under a Mar Roxas presidency.

This brings us to Liberal Party Presidential candidate Mar Roxas. He has become the butt of jokes on social media. He is a much-loved character on political memes and videos. Speculation is rife that his star-studded campaign video may have been financed using Yolanda funds or some other questionable source. Unfortunately, the video received more “dislikes” than “likes” from viewers.

What’s worse is that even the celebrities in it received flak from the Netizens. Indeed, by aligning themselves with an unpopular candidate like Mar, they may have damaged their own showbiz careers. Their integrity is being questioned because it is assumed that they were paid to endorse Mar. Who in their right mind would endorse Mar for free, right? He seems to be throwing lots of money into his campaign even when the campaign season hasn’t officially started. I’m surprised his opponents haven’t filed a complaint to disqualify him for doing so.

Some people are also pointing out that the main stars in the video like Billy Crawford might not even be able to vote because they may not be Filipino citizens to begin with. They say that if this is the case, it would be weird for them to be endorsing Mar or any candidate.

Mar’s lack of appeal to the voters is something that most political pundits find predictable. Predictable because it is obvious why Mar is being rejected by voters. A lot of Filipinos now agree that BS Aquino’s so-called Daang Matuwid or ‘straight path’ was a sham. Most rational people are baffled as to why Mar keeps saying that he would continue Daang Matuwid considering it is a failure.

Mar’s arrogance is evident in his campaign ad. By insisting on using a tired formula worn out by BS Aquino, he comes across as hopeless. If Mar was a smart guy, he would realize that the best way to win is to distance himself from a failed administrator like BS Aquino. And why the hell does he have to wear yellow all the time? This is proof that he is out of touch with what the voters want. They do not want to see politicians wearing partisan symbols and colors that only serve to further divide the sentiments of the people. The last thing they want is a candidate who is associated with an insensitive and incompetent administration.

A lot of voters agree that Mar doesn’t deserve the Presidency because he already held a few key positions in government but did not make a big difference. He was already in charge of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) but the condition of the public transport system and traffic chaos became even worse.

Character exposed: CNN's Andrew Stevens gets to the bottom of the situation in Tacloban in 2013

Character exposed: CNN’s Andrew Stevens gets to the bottom of the situation in Tacloban in 2013

During his stint in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), he could not handle the stress during natural disasters. He was even caught arguing with foreign correspondents and members of the local government of Tacloban during the Yolanda crisis. The Commission on Audit (COA) also reported that 65.5 percent of disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) projects have yet to be implemented by the DILG under his leadership.

Mar was also helpless in resolving the case of the deaths of 44 Special Action Forces caught in a firefight with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during Oplan Exodus. It could have something to do with the fact that his buddy President BS Aquino had something to do with their deaths.

Supporters of Mar who keep saying that he was responsible for the success of the BPO industry are wrong. The former head of the country’s association of business processing leaders can attest to this. According to Oscar R. Sanez, former CEO of the IT and Business Processing Association of the Philippines, it was former President Gloria Arroyo who “laid the successful model that led to the growth of the BPO industry” in the country:

Sanez stressed that the progressive BPO industry owes much of its growth to the former President because she laid a successful model for the industry.

“As the CEO of the BPAP from 2007 to 2011, I know how much the business process offshoring and outsourcing sector owes to Mrs. Arroyo. We are proud to describe ourselves as a successful model of real private-public partnership or PPP,” Sañez said in a statement.

The former BPO industry leader pointed out that industry figures, which are of official and public record, would show that the BPO grew impressively under the watch of Mrs. Arroyo because of her support.

“From only 2,400 call center workers in 2000, the BPO sector grew to nearly half a million workers by the end of 2009, PGMA’s last full year in office. The industry grew on the average by an astounding 65 percent per annum over the decade. Total export revenues generated by the IT-BPO industry grew from only $1.3 billion in 2003 to $8.9 billion in 2010,” he said.

According to Sanez, the growth was fuelled by the “support initiatives” of the former President.

It seems Mar is going to be another credit-grabber much like his buddy BS Aquino. Filipinos do not deserve another President who thinks he is the only one capable of doing the right thing. Filipinos do not need a self-righteous leader. They need someone who can readily admit that he needs all the help he can get from everyone, even from the opposition.

Filipino voters are wiser now after BS Aquino and know that voting for Mar is voting for an extension of the same inutile government. Being part of the oligarchy, Mar will preserve the status quo and will likely not accomplish anything significant in six years. And just like BS Aquino, Mar already showed signs that he is into patronage politics. Some of us know that it can only mean one thing – not much will change under a Mar Presidency.

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24 Replies to “Voting for Mar Roxas will result in continuation of the same inutile Aquino government”

  1. baka may attitude ang ibig nyong sabihin, diba uso ngayon sa mga candidato magmura pati na sa US, dagdagan mo pa ng misis nyang salbahe sa katulong, o diba naiba naman, makulay pa

  2. There will be people who’ll still vote for Mar. Hopefully they are not enough to give the guy a chance to win.

    I sense something bad’s gonna happen shortly if he wins.

  3. Aquino and Mar Roxas worked for the disqualificartion of Grace Poe. Mar Roxas is the Clone of Aquino.

    Mar Roxas is a Failure in handling various government positions. The Typhoon Yolanda Relief Funds is missing. Mar Roxas is accouintable to this fund.

    This is the reason, Mar Roxas has the money to burn. He stole the Typhoon Yolanda Relief Funds. Together, with his fellow thief, Aquino.

    Mar Roxas is from the Feudal Oligarchy family.
    He called the Mamapasano massacre of the 44 Fallen Heroes, a misencounter.
    He is willing to finance the MILF/ISIS/Al Queda; and divide Mindanao, with the Radical Islamists (Salafists).
    He played politics , during the Typhoon Yolanda tragedy. Taking away the relief operation, from the people of Leyte, because they did not vote for the Liberal Party.

    A vote for Mar Roxas is a continuation of the stupidities of Aquino.

  4. “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”


    MAR will divide the nation.

      1. Why would Mar destroy something that’s already destroyed a long time ago?

        I’ll even applaud him if he did destroy this shithole for good. The Philippines needs some dose of absolute anarchy.

  5. wala naman talagang gagawin si mar dyan. Kailangan lang ng liberal party na may nakaupo sa malacanang para business as usual sa kanila. f@cking elites! Burn and behead them all! Lol.

  6. Let the Malaysian Trojan horse sleep

    Piss, er Peace, Panel Ferrer was just on radio. Imagine the traitor said people should be thankful re BBL; it exposed the chronic absenteeism in Congress. On top of that, the bitch is very much hoping something will happen in the next three days. Unbelievable! The obstinacy is reaching lunatic levels.

    Pause your Christmas shopping, people, BE WATCHFUL. Congress is supposed to have their Xmas party on Dec16.
    If they forego of that, and instead have a plenary session, then that means PNoy has agreed to be a Santa Claus; five, or more, million Pesos in CASH for each Congressman. BBL will not just be in an ordinary railroad track, it will be in a Shinkansen, before we know it.

    What a Banana Republic.

    BE WATCHFUL, people. The kapalmuks PNoy is about to exercise his naked power, or kagaguhan, once again when nobody is looking. The bastard thinks our money is his money to use — and he is using it to kill us.

    1. I actually felt pity to Ferrer and Deles. Both of them are desperate to push the BBL through. Who could blame them? Their careers and reputations are on the line. All those years of dedication to the peace process was invalidated by one bloody incident.

  7. Ill take this ” inutile government” anytime over any previous governments the Philippines ever had . The Philippines have had serious problems ever since I was born. What this government has done in many areas is truly admirable even exceptional . For certain it has its shortcomings, dont get me wrong. But To dismiss it in such a cavalier manner is to my mind uneducated , unfair and laden with personal agenda

    1. Come on, Joe Andrada. You don’t have to quote and unquote inutile government and call it as it is – inutile.

      Do we really have to list down all the footprints of the past government admins to compare with the Aquino admin footprints? You will just be humiliated.

      And just to be clear, a persons performance, be it in the government or private sector can only be practically measured by his footprints and not by paper documents which can be written by anybody.

      BSAquino footprints are all shortcomings.

    2. @Joe Andrada

      What this government has done in many areas is truly admirable even exceptional.

      Please be specific and list down what this government has done that is “truly admirable even exceptional”.

        1. Well, he(Joe Andrada) still has to think of a list to post here to even save him from being humiliated here but as usual, yellow trolls like him aren’t paid to think for themselves nor are they even given brains to do so.

          Even after 6 years, they still can’t think of anything to defend their boss in malacanang, that’s how pathetic this administration is.

          Even in facebook, they display the same stupidity, which is not surprising considering who is paying for them.

    3. Oh sure . . . admirably “INSENSITIVE” and exceptionally “CALLOUS”. That’s what this administration is. You must be one of the lap dogs of BS (as in Bull Shit) Aquino, and a minion of Mar, who is privileged to reside in gated villages of the elite, and thus heedless and unmindful with what’s really going on in the areas where urban poor exist and landless farmers toil their asses off. Talking of “shortcomings” committed by Aquino administration, 1 or 2 may be acceptable / tolerable . . . but a series of “shortcomings” is INEFFICIENCY TO THE MOST INTOLERABLE DEGREE! And you call people like us UNEDUCATED and UNFAIR? Not surprisingly, because you probably belong to the “jaundiced” (yellow color) elite few, whilst EDUCATED, yet CONSUMMATELY HUMBUG and INEFFICIENT!

  8. As Mar Roxas keeps on repeating Aquino’s political slogan Daang Matuwid, he never realized that he is actually committing a slow but sure political suicide. NO ONE, AND NO ONE is buying Daang Matuwid anymore, as it is replete with FAILURE at its extreme case. BS (as in Bull Shit) Aquino is a TOTAL PALPAK, and Mar Roxas is emulating his Boss. That makes them both Dumb and Dumber of the Philippine political scenery.

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