Mar Roxas will not allow divorce and does not favour same sex marriage

Liberal Party candidate Mar Roxas is certainly in the habit of making not only unfounded statements, but incomplete ones. On his televised interview with veteran journalist Mel Tiangco, Roxas bared his opposition to legalising divorce and same-sex marriage. Although he quoted some cliché platitude about the family being the foundation of society to substantiate his position on divorce, he stopped short of articulating why exactly he is opposed to same sex marriage. Instead, he said this…

Bilang public policy para sa akin ay hindi ako pabor dito. Subalit… may mga kamag-anak ako na close na close na have partners and nirerespeto ko sila, minamahal ko sila, tinatanggap ko sila, bukas-puso, bukas-loob kong ang aking pagtrato sa kanila…

Translating the above into proper intelligible English…

As far as public policy, I do not favour [same sex marriage]. But I have relatives who are very close who have partners whom I respect and love. I fully accept them open heartedly and am unreserved in my regard for them…

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In short, Mar Roxas selectively respects deviant lifestyles on the basis of whether or not he has personal or filial relationships with the “offending” parties.

That figures. It sort of mirrors the way the law is applied in Philippine society.

Filipino politicians will defend the right to steal from the public coffers on grounds that these benefit the special people in their lives. But when it comes to strangers and people who are not their kababayans, it becomes a lot simpler: the law applies in full force.

Mar Roxas takes a conservative position on issues to do with marriage.

Mar Roxas takes a conservative position on issues to do with marriage.

So according to Roxas, “hindi ako papayag” he “will not allow” divorce to be legalised in the Philippines (as if that is his choice to make). He also “does not favour” same sex marriage, but tolerates homosexual relationships amongst his own kin.

The challenge for Mar Roxas is to tell the Filipino why he takes these positions. It is important that leaders are able to articulate clearly the thinking process that leads them to take one position or the other.

Are Roxas’s positions based on clear thinking that he actually took the time and effort to undertake? Or is he merely parroting some kind of party tagline or deferring lazily to the weight of culture and tradition? Only if voters ask their candidates the right questions and apply an intelligent mind to the process of evaluating how qualified they are will Filipinos get the leaders they feel they deserve.

10 Replies to “Mar Roxas will not allow divorce and does not favour same sex marriage”

  1. Mar Roxas does not want to offend the powerful Roman Catholic Church and other religions.

    As for divorce. Many go around it, thru marriage annulments. Kris Aquino, the sister of Aquino was married several times. Chiz Escudero was married twice. If people cannot divorce; they just go around the law, by annulments; and legitimize their next or several marriages.

    So, talking about Divorce, does not make sense. Mar Roxas is talking nonsense.

    For same sex marriage. Same sex partners are already cohabiting. I , myself, cannot understand homosexuality. I don’t believe it is the work of the Devil.

    I have no comment on same sex marriage.

    Mar Roxas wants the homosexual votes. He does not want to offend them.

    So, this is the fellow, who can change positions, when it suits him. The ultimate political opportunist.

    1. Let me ask you. When did these political parties in this pathetic republic ever lived up to their names? Political alignments are blurred as fuck.

  2. So what’s the point?

    We all know Mar sucks at public speaking. And besides, every presidential candidate didn’t favor divorce and same sex marriage.

    You know what’s even crazier? Some of them promised equal rights to LGBT people. I went like “WTF, what are they to you, foreigners or non-humans?” Apparently, LGBTs we’re not Filipino citizens because they don’t have the same rights as the straight male and female Filipinos.

  3. He is against divorce yet seems so unmarried to his wife. Arranged marriage of convenience, publicity/ epal. He is against same sex marriage yet seems so married to his idol Noynoy. Unified in thought , joined at the hip and who knows what else? Corpses all over the place in Tacloban did not make him cry but getting endorsed by Noynoy did. Last person who should be making value judgments for a country.

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