Mar Roxas, wrong man to become the next president


At this early, Senator Mar Roxas is already campaigning for his presidential bid next year. His tv ad appears in primetime every day. He is also often seen giving interviews to different media outlets. In fact, he has built his own web site where people can learn about him and what he does. He proudly advertises in his website:

“Do I want change for our country? The answer is yes. Do I think I can do a better job? The answer is yes. Do I think that our country could be in a much better place? The answer is yes, ” SENATOR MAR ROXAS , in an hour long interview on ANC.

I have nothing against Mar Roxas except that, for more than a decade he has been in politics as a member of the House of Representatives representing the province of Capiz, then as a Senator, why has my town, Pilar, Capiz, whose welfare he should look after, remains in a dismal state? And now he dreams of changing the country, advertising that he does a better job, and claiming that the country could be in a much better place were he to become its president.

Mar Roxas may convince the whole country and may even become the next president, but I wonder how he can convince and get my vote, and the votes of those who are as aware as I am but do not have the gift of words?

My contention that Mar Roxas is not the right man to become the next president arises only from a simple premise arrived at after I visited another town in a far away land. Let me tell you about it by quoting a portion of my blog history:

I spent only my elementary years in Pilar, Capiz. Since then, I was only in Pilar during Christmas and summer vacations. I was in and out of Pilar, Capiz and could not yet recognize the curious feeling inside me every time I am in it; until I visited Cantilan, Surigao del Sur.

From Surigao City, I had to endure a three hour van ride. To get to Cantilan, the van had to pass through dry river beds, and over them through wooden planks with no side railings; and beside mountains that could not fit the van window and hills with the panoramic view of the long and winding roads the van had been through. But when I reached the town proper, it was really something special. The roads were paved, the houses neat, and there was just this general aura of optimism among its people.

Imagine a town three hours away from its City yet was even more beautiful than my own town which is only an hour away from its own city, Roxas City!

From then on, I felt sorry for myself and for the town I came from every time I remember these trips (I made two). I hated the officials from the Senator down to the town mayors. How can a town situated between mountains that produce sugar, rice, corn, fruits and other agricultural products, and the sea that bears fish of all kinds have an eerie feeling of dryness, loneliness and hunger?

It is because of politicians like Mar Roxas that this blog came about. I want to wake a Mar Roxas from his grand dreams with these words: “You cannot change a lowly town only an hour away from the City named after your family name, how dare you proclaim you can change the Philippines and all of it?”

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53 thoughts on “Mar Roxas, wrong man to become the next president

  1. Our politicians–especially those who aspire for higher office or for reelection–usually take the role of a “fiscalizer” or “graft watchdog” so they will always appear on TV and the broadsheets.

    And it appears that even new-generation politicians like Sen. Mar Roxas have mastered this craft (others call it science).

    I would have been one of Sen. Mar Roxas’ staff members if I accepted the job. I was told that my role was to answer the thousands of emails sent through his website. I changed my mind, and so I ended up working for some government capacity-building project funded by the Canadian government.

    Looking back at what I did, I didn’t regret not having joined his team. I mean, here’s a man who wants to be the country’s next president, but look at the very city, the very place in the island of Panay that now bears his family name: It’s STILL a shithole.

    Back in 2001-2002, I frequented Roxas City in Capiz to orient and encourage especially self-employed people to register with PhilHealth, which just replaced the old Medicare then. Many people still didn’t know what PhilHealth was, so my job was to tell them what it is. These self-employed people were composed of housewives, farmers, fisherfolk, small entrepreneurs, drivers, et cetera.

    So, in those years, Roxas City just looked like Leganes–a small municipality immediately next to Iloilo City. There were no cabs/taxis back then, only tricycles. Their most high-end girly bar back then (I forgot the name) can be compared to one of the cheapest clubs with live band in Ermita. If I were to describe Roxas City in 2001-2002, it was a Leganes with a mall (i.e., Gaisano).

    When I visited Roxas City in December 2007, I expected to be awed. After all, six or seven years have already passed. To my mind, there must have been some great improvements–especially that Mar Roxas is now senator.

    Well, guess what, Roxas City was still the same crappy place it used to be. Okay, I saw a few cabs/taxi already, but that’s it.

    With Roxas City’s and Capiz’ natural wealth, plus their very nice location, it’s a big wonder for me why these potentials haven’t been tapped wisely. The place also looked as if it had no senator and other high-ranking government officials to look after it. It’s such a big waste.

    So, if Sen. Mar Roxas wasn’t able to improve a very small place like Roxas City and the lives of the people there, I now wonder what he can do to a territory of 1,700 plus islands with 80 million inhabitants,.

  2. As a pilarenyo, I have experienced projects given by senator Roxas when he was still a congressman. In fairness to senator Mar, during the Roxas regime Pilar received the Pilar civic center which was startedby his late brother the deceased former congressman Dinggoy Roxas. And the concreting of the Brgy Poblacion streets. And also the construction of the Municipal building, construction of the Pilar public market. And lately I would like to inform you that the PFDA is now consrtucting a fishing port in Pilar located within Brgy Poblacion. We are expecting more projects to come. You have no right to say that Pilar is not progressing. Being a Pilarenyo also who stays in Pilar I have seen the improvements. I know that your family is a political opposition of the Roxas administration.

  3. To A true blooded Pilarenyo:

    I have written about the civic center and the municipal building (check the “overview”). I have walked on paved Poblacion Street and have bought goods in the market.

    All I say is, we deserve better and we could have been better if Mar Roxas used his influence to improve at least our town. (Kindly check the entry next to this one for further clarification about what I am talking about. Maybe you can also join the conversation there).

    But how do I know you are indeed from Pilar Capiz as you claim? You did not even have the courage to put your name on your comment.

    Also, my family has nothing to do with what I am doing. They might not even have any idea what I am writing about. If my mother knew, she might even scold me for writing against a powerful man such as Mar Roxas. What will I gain for doing this anyway? None but notoriety and the ire of the most influential man and his family in Capiz. This is a personal crusade. I suggest you leave my family alone. For all you know, they might not even agree with what I am writing about.

    Rest assured I am not doing this blog for personal gain or for someone else’s.

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving your comment.

  4. I will introduce myself. I am the former Mayor Gideon Ike Patricio your uncle. Your dad is my cousin. I know you are doing this by your own personal opinion. But in fairness to Mar Roxas I know him personally and he is a silent mover and performer. As a politician I know the disadvantages of being an opposition senator. He cannot have releases from his CDF because he is an opposition. Lets go back when he was a congressman. The water system was constructed in Roxas City. Investors came in because they saw a potential in Roxas City and that the City is progressing economically. Food chain giants like Jollibee, Red Ribbon, Greenwich, Chowking, and our very own ” Mang Inasal” (Kumbinsing) came in. And lastly the Capiz east road was constructed to make travel for the Capizenos more convenient. Despite of our politcal differences it makes me proud to see a “Pilarenyo” who is concerned for the well being of our little town Pilar. I am proud to inform all the Pilarenyos that from a fifth class municipality we are now ” A Third class Municipality” under the present administration of MAYOR MA. RITA LYN B. PATRICIO. Pilar we are moving into progress . ” PILAR PADAYON SA KAUSWAGAN”.

  5. Mayor Ike:

    It is an honor to be responded to by a former mayor of the town I so much love. Thank you for your attention, thank you for introducing yourself, thank you for taking the time to read what I write and most of all, thank you for taking the time to type your reactions (you must be an exception to the technophobics of most of your generation).

    Your description of Mang Inasal as “our very own” made me more curious. What do you mean with “our very own”? That Mang Inasal is owned by your family? I accessed Mang Inasal’s website but I did not find the ownership information. If you or your family owns it, I congratulate you because the food it serves is delicious and more affordable compared to other fast food chains.

    I am happy to hear that Pilar will soon have a fishing port; that from a fourth class municipality (or five as you say) we are now upgraded to third class. But are you not sad that with all the technological and cultural breakthroughs the world over, we still remain the third class municipality despite our proximity to Roxas City? Where do our Internal Revenue Allotment go? Although, I recognize that Mayor Rita’s efforts have at least raised to another level our municipality, I can not think without impatience and anxiety why we still remain as poor as we are, our development turtle-like.

    I hope you do not get me wrong, Mayor Ike. I am not attacking you or Mayor Rita here. What I am trying to do is point out that there must be something wrong with our town why we still remain the third class municipality although we have the resources of the sea and the land, and, as I have said, we are very close to Roxas City, our province’s capital.

    I am not pointing my finger on you or the mayor or mayors before you, much more at Mayor Rita Lyn. What I am trying to do is point out the fact that we still remain almost the same despite the fact that we have Mar Roxas for so many, many years.

    Did Mar Roxas run out of ideas and convincing power to influence the local government units under him on how to make their constituents’ lives better? Or did he forget about Pilar, Capiz in spreading his connections and consolidating his political capital and raising his funds in pursuit of his dream to become the next president like his ancestor?

    There are hundreds of Pilar Capiz in the Philippines. What he can not do to one, he can not do to all.

    If you are tempted to raise the argument that Mar is a law maker, let me tell you that I have already addressed that in my conversation with a fellow blogger here (https://pilarcapiz.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/of-mar-and-not/).

    Why don’t you help me convince Mar Roxas put on hold his dream of becoming the next president until he is able to do something concrete for towns like Pilar Capiz? It will take about a decade but he is still young and when that time comes the whole province of Capiz will be campaigning for him. Of course, I will be there too and so will you.

    But as things are the way they are now, Mar Roxas can count on me to campaign against him.

  6. Let me first congratulate my fellow citizen of this country and to my Kababayans in Pilar Capiz of being open-minded and vigilance, for your care in our municipality is admirable act. I’m Arnold Canto Jr, a son of Casanayan Pilar Capiz,,I wanna give this comment as mover for change,I am a Political Science Graduate in the University of Rizal here in Manila, and now serving as Project Director in one of the prominent name in Philippine politics,,as I observed in the discussion of both of you..Mayor Ike is a friend of my Mother Sherelita ” Toto Buka”of Casay and Mayor Rita has given me assistance where my sister has been raped last year..but I agree to to the observation of Mr JP Cunada,it is right to say what is really the situation of Pilar…as Political Scientist I’ve never thought to make any comment on the situation,,because I do believe what i’ve seen right now in my Lupang Sinilingan is not a negative… but I consider that as a challenge… I don’t want the way of pointing any personalities and question them on what is transpired..yes they have their fault and shortcomings as our public servant but then we need to understand that they are still human they are not perfect…for me its better to improved myself and someday I promise to come back in Pilar with my Principle to make a Change…as I want to suggest we dont need arguments the only thing we need now is cooperation, know our responsibility an act on it… if we want change then we need to change our self first…. Let Mar Roxas to face the consequences of his doings.. Let us pray for good not for BAD…only God knows what will happen.. use your right for suffrage as way of protesting in your discontentment to their services…Thank you and God Bless

  7. hi JP! I read this line of yours (in the comments):

    There are hundreds of Pilar Capiz in the Philippines. What he can not do to one, he can not do to all.

    And I can’t help but agree.

    BTW, Mang Inasal is partly owned by the the people who own Injap in Roxas(I forgot their name.. Sia? Sy?), but most of the owners are from Iloilo

    On the topic of progress… know why McDo, KFC and the like aren’t yet in Roxas City providing jobs for the people? Guess who owns the franchises for Jolibee, Greenwich and Chow King in Roxas? 😉

  8. I had my mother’s family (Botin) living in Sta. Fe, part of the municipality of Pilar. For A certain period of coming back to the place, I managed to observe the phase of development in that part of the province of Capiz. For so many years the state of development of the town is slower than expected, being blessed by many natural potentials, compared to its nearest neighbors — Balasan and Estancia (part of iloilo province) trade and business activities are now occupying the lives of the people. Even the residents of Pilar keep on going into these two municipalities in northern Iloilo to satisfy their basic needs. Parents send their children to school through public or private shools in Balasan or Estancia. Pilar National High School is already nailed not to develop its infrastructures and facilities, more so with Capiz State University – Pilar Campus compared to Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College and Leon Ganzon Polytechnic College’s development as a school and as a good learning environment.

    I often say this to people, If Mar keeps on saying he can do this and more, just look at Capiz, and you’ll know how Mar would be if you will go for him (as president).

    Just what Former Senator Tatad said when interviewed in a local program in Iloilo, “I am not bringing my girlfriend to any gathering just to catch media’s attention. to add, a TV commercial of Mar is very much disappointing- non-sense I must say, you could get no more than his public appearance in his ad.

    That ma keeps on riding any issue, just to be recognized nationally (papansin), up to the extent of presenting himself as the Godfather to the born quintuplets. Indeed a desperate tactic for a person eying for a higher position who had done nothing for so many years.

    — credgerey (AB PolSci-WVSU; LlB-on going,UI-PEN)

  9. Probably a year ago I would have considered voting for Mar Roxas for President. But because of his TV ad and his publicity stunt on wowowee I have lost all respect I have left for him as a politician. Engaging in these acts of media mileage for me shows how politicians like him belittle Filipino people’s decision making skillS.

    Lobbying for votes through tearjerker stints is truly pathetic and speaks a lot of how this politician think of the voters. What good will crying on wowowee do for our country? You’re trying to get votes because nakakakilig ka, ang cute nyo tingnan, nakakatuwa kayo? ENOUGH! That’s not what our country needs.

    To Senator Mar: With all due respect, please show Filipinos some respect and tell them what you’ve done for the country in your whole career as a politician — maybe then will intelligent voters start considering voting for you. Otherwise, please stop trying to get votes through emotional appeal because it’s really really low.

  10. JP:

    Why don’t you try to run for public office in Pilar so that you can prove to yourself and to your readers that you can do more than what Mar Roxas has done. If you will do better then maybe you are worthy to criticize others who have done less. But since you still have no evidence to show that you are a better person than those you are attacking I think that nobody will believes in you

  11. Joe:

    To follow your line of crocked thinking, what is your evidence to show that you are a better person than me, whom you criticize? Since you have none, your comment does not deserve to be where it is.

    But because, in fact, I do not follow your line of crooked thinking, comments such as yours also have a place in this blog.

    Seriously, don’t you know that you do not have to become a politician to criticize a politician? In MAXIMO V. SOLIVEN vs. RAMON P. MAKASIAR (G.R. No. 82585 November 14, 1988), our Supreme Court quoted the United States Supreme Court:

    “Those who won our independence believed … that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government. They recognized the risk to which all human institutions are subject. But they knew that order cannot be secured merely through fear of punishment for its infraction; that it is hazardous to discourage thought, hope and imagination; that fear breeds repression; that repression breeds hate; that hate menaces stable government; that the path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies; and that the fitting remedy for evil counsel is good ones. Believing in the power of reason as applied through public discussion, they eschewed silence coerced by law—the argument of force in its worst form….”

    To borrow the words of our Supreme Court in the case first mentioned:

    “As early as March 8, 1918, the decision in United States v. Bustos (37 Phil. 731) stated that ‘(c)omplete liberty to comment on the conduct of public men is a scalpel in the case of free speech. The sharp incision of its probe relieves the abscesses of officialdom. Men in public life may suffer under a hostile and unjust accusation; the wound can be assuaged with the balm of a clear conscience.’ The Court pointed out that while defamation is not authorized, criticism is to be expected and should be borne for the common good.”

    See?

    Who would ever think that exercises such as this one is a public duty? Now, we do, Joe.

  12. JP:

    I don’t want to go down at your level, but anyway, as you have said, that there are hundreds of Pilar, Capiz, there are also hundreds of JP’s like you (I wish not thousands). Those persons who did not only see or just refuse to see the good deeds of others but also insist to show what they wished to be done (or just wished for more). You should know that it is not only Pilar that Mar is representing. Now that he is senator he represents all of the towns in the country. He cannot improved or developed every town in just a flash. His priorities must not be the priorities of someone like you. But I am sure it is for the benefit of the majority.

  13. I am a not a politician nor have any political experience. but what i have to share is from my own personal opinion. I think we need to give Mar a chance to prove himself not only to the Capizenyos but also to the rest of the Filipino community. Well i may not be as knowledgable in politics as you Jp but dont you think that it is not fair to judge someone’s credibility with just facts you get from the internet?The truth is I am also a Pilarenyo, and I am somewhat intrigued to meet a fellow Pilarenyo here in the web. Our beliefs and views may contradict but our cause to be heard and seen are the very same. The Pilar , Capiz you criticize and tell the people of the world wide web really is a poor Municipality in terms of economical progress. The punching bag for these lapses and problems are usually blamed on the Politicians, Municipal or Provincial. But do you think that our town will prosper or devolve with politicians alone? We pilarenyos need to work together in order for our beloved Hometown to get back on its feet and be on the level with other municipalities. Pilar was clobbered during the Marshal Law and it takes time for recovery. Words can motivate but action gets the job done.If you really think that Pilar needs help, dont just criticize. Do something. Action speaks Louder than words.

  14. No Mar Roxas in 2010! Beyond Mars’ gusto in early campaign lies the context: how can we expect a man who plays dirty politics to eventually govern clean? Clearly, his strategy is a give away of the kind of leadership that he will provide.In addition to this, I find him unashamedly self-absorbed.Do take a cue in the way he conducted himself in the first ANC forum.Let us wake up to this fact..

  15. What constitutes the “right man (or woman)” for the presidency? I have lived thru five presidents in this country and have noticed that the Philippines is in one way or another, still a developing country. Twenty, thirty odd years ago, we were exporting our manpower. Today, do I need ask? I seem to notice that despite who our leader is (lawyer/war hero, housewife, general, actor, economist), we still live in a country where the people are almost always dissatisfied with life in our country. Income, job security, progress… you name it. Filipinos whine about it. We seek “greener pastures” abroad, end up with a better economic life, but almost always years to “retire” in our country. OFWs and the BPO industry are bringing in much needed $$$. But are we better off? To some yes, to most no. Are we a country of whiners? Or have we been misled for the past century or so? Filipinos abroad live better lives primarily because they are governed by foreign law where they are. But here? We laugh at the law. We have our flaws. Mar has his flaws, but he has done his share. Maybe not enough in some eyes, but he has done his part, in his way. Is he the wrong person for the next president? Maybe. Then who is the right one? (If there is one)… My two cents…

    Mabuhay ka JP…

    Viva Xaviers (bored lang ko gard) ^_^

  16. JP,

    Please answer D. John’s concluding question. If you have the balls to name who is incompetent to you, then name who’s best qualified to live in that big house by the Pasig River in the next six years of lour llives. Come on!

  17. I like the thoughts and opinions of Mr. Cunada. I too, have sentiments that he would be the wrong man to become the next president.

    Before this site, I stumbled upon another blogger who had his thoughts and opinions on Mar Roxas and his ongoing political ads. It is amusing and substantial. Here it is….

    ————–

    ‘As far as I’m concerned (again), this ad of Sen. Roxas’ just hits me below the belt. I want to cry foul but because we’re a free country I can’t.

    Everytime Sen. Roxas’ launches an ad, it portrays the Filipino people as miserable, poor, and pathetic. His ad(s) are full of negative energy. I know the Filipino public loves drama and all. I’ll even admit that a lot of people can relate to his ad. Peeps here love drama. And that’s what Sen. Roxas is aiming at right now. But as I’ve said, this ad is just sickeningly sick. You just need to watch it to understand it. Look at the people’s horribly made scripts and actions. They’re making it seem that peeps back here are so pitiful and miserable and nothing’s being done by the government to help them. That’s (and this I emphasize strongly) wrong! Mr. Roxas is portraying himself as the hero, a Robin Hood if you will, while implying that the government is useless and have done totally nothing for the past 6 years. This is BS. I mean, how low can you get? He’s doing this because he knows that majority of the voters are impoverished and needs help. If ever he gets elected as President in 2010, let’s see him keep his promises.

    And another thing: Mr. Roxas just loves the media. He just plays monkey with it because he was born in a wealthy family. His clan is one of the higher societies here in the Philippines, them Alta Sociedad people. How can he relate shit to people if his whole life he never experienced nothing like his ads are showing? Another stirrup to get the people giddy. I’m not against Mar Roxas. I’m just against what he does. He’s manipulating people and is conditioning the masses minds for the coming 2010.

    Anyway, I’m just a speck of a dust. Let’s just wait for 2010. ‘

    ——–

    I voted for him in the past for his spot in the senate. But now, I don’t think I would vote for him anymore after all the stunts that he’s pulled. Our country might experience the dark ages when he takes the Presidential seat. But if I would look at it in a positive way, although with a ridiculously humorous side…. at least we’ll be spared from high fuel prices since we’ll have ‘padyaks’ filling up our roads and highways as a major form of transportation. :-p Hahahaha!

  18. It is clear that your blog presents awareness and an honest opinion on why it would be foolish to consider particular traditional politicians (trapo) to become president. It simply cites out that there are other options and candidates…. or shall we say, consider other lesser of evils? :-p Hehe. Mediocre minds can’t be helped and will still adhere to the usual drama that they’re used to and have been fed with.

    It takes balls and a good unassuming mind to write your thoughts and opinions here. Keep it up! ^_^ The younger generation needs more of this…. and have them aware with the reality of fact from fiction. It’s a pity that I can’t say the same to a particular taunting fan here. Perhaps he doesn’t seem to have much content in his cranium. It looks like he’s letting his testosterone getting the best of him and seems to be asking other people to suggest whom he should he voting for. ^_^

    We always have other choices. Unfortunately Mr. Roxas is not one anymore.

  19. Jim, kindly include the link to or address of the blog from where you quoted the above. Thank you.

  20. I wanted to support Mar before but now knowing that hes marrying Korina Sanchez, that changed my mind..NO to another IMELDA in the palace…

  21. I think it’s time to turn down traditional politicians(Mar Roxas, Manny Villar, ERAP, Loren, Noli, Binay, Bayani Fernando, CHIZ) offer and instead vote for effective leaders like Gordon and to some extent Gov. Panlilio. I endorse Gordon because of results not just the hopes other politicians give. Are we to suffer for our ignorance again? Let’s wake up, hopes without any past proves or shall I sat track records will turn to false promises. Look at how Gordon managed SUBIC, OLONGAPO, TOURISM and the RED CROSS. He is a very energetic leader surpassing CHIZ that should have been an energetic one. I’m impressed by how many VILLAR toiled to become rich but he is NOT a great leader. He might also use his business to get richer. I was impressed of how Bayani made Marikina into a liveable city but I was irritated with displaying his portrait in the avenues of Manila. ERAP should not be voted because he is proven guilty. BINAY should also not be voted because he is a big liar saying that the opposition is united where in fact it is divided. CHIZ is an oppositionist and might as well oppose the things for the good of the country. Therefore I like Gordon because he is assertive, humanistic, a true person, principled man, has a vision, positive and transformational.

  22. IM FROM PILAR AS WELL AND ROXAS IS DEFINITELY NOT THE MAN WE NEED TO ELECT AS PRESIDENT…ONLY HIS DOGS FROM THE LIBERAL PARTY IN CAPIZ WILL SUPPORT HIM..IKE PATRICIO IS ONE CLASSIC DOG OF THE ROXASES..

  23. Even if you don’t consider or look at it with the parties involved, it’s still obvious on how ridiculous Mar Roxas has been with his publicity stunts. Only the hopeless, the brainless, the desperate…. and maybe even dogs…. would find his antics substantially entertaining or consider it as sincere masterpieces.

  24. Good day Jayps.. this Darrea also from Pilar..DARIA perhaps its enough introduction of myself(haha kidding)
    I’ve been reading some of your blogs..Some made proud that you r such a good writer now huh..(But I have no doubt on it) From a declaimer to writer.. Remember that i had requested you to write a short play for my high school presentation at PSPC.. And to think we went to different schools.
    Enough of that,lets talk about this blog…You made your piece and it is true…I salutr you for your bravery and the courage of posting such an article..Inferior invidual like me, can only show my discontentment on politics matters by using my right of suffrage..
    Now that Sen. Mar Roxas have declined from presidency may I know your sentiments? I just watched the news last night and I was amazed of the decision Sen. Roxas had made..For me its a heroic act..It was an admirable humility..It was his dream and plus the fact that he has spent funds for it..but for the sake of unity of the Liberal Party, friendship, and for the Filipinos he had made a tough decision…

  25. darrea,roxas decided not to run because he will definitely lose..even in capiz i dont believe he will get enough vote for the simple reason that he has done nothing to elevate the standard of living of his’ kuno’ kasimanwa..some of the mayors or most of the mayors in the second district are for villar..

  26. The announcement of the Padyak guy to step down from the presidential race was simply entertaining. Simple minds would see it as a form of self sacrifice but for some, it is another theatrical stunt that Mr.Roxas has been so accustomed with. ^_^

    To present enlightenment to those who may not see through it…. here are some thoughts and opinions from like minded fellows who choose to look deeper beyond it. (It saves me the trouble of summarizing it on this thread. 😀 Hehe)

    -‘Nice excuse for the palenke guy. IMHO it’s the survey results. It’s what made him withdraw from the presidential race. Noynoy was a good escape. Sacrifice?… I don’t think so. No offense meant to their supporters, just my analysis.’

    -‘here’s my theory on these recent events ..

    first, noynoy is showing to be a very reluctant candidate.. which in terms brings very high popularity ratings in his favor.. seems like everyone wants a reluctant candidate.. it shows sincerity and honesty they say ..

    second, mar and other aspirants has been bombarded in media commentaries with the notion that they are ” atat na atat” or too eager to sit on the highest post, and being compared to popular yet reluctant candidates like noynoy ..

    third, news broke last night that mar will give way to noynoy IF he finally decides to run and take the challenge. that’s “IF” .. when will noynoy and his family decide? i’m sure it will happen sooner or later ..

    fourth, who’s looking good now? noynoy? not for me.. it’s now mar the hero. the one who’s giving way for unity in their popular political LP .. because the “Laban” group in LP is also very powerful in their party, and the will support noynoy “IF” he decides..

    fifth and finally, korina just did a “cris” this morning in her popular radio show “ted and korina”, where she’s on leave. she cried (as in) about how RELUCTANT mar is to run for the presidency. she bomabarded dequiros (PDI columnist) when he wrote about the “atat na atat” article. she said, “see! he’s not eager! he’ll give way to have unity!! he seeks God’s guidance everyday!!”

    so my theory is, noynoy will decide the other way.. he will not take the challenge.. then mar will again seek the helm and gain the double popularity of being a hero, and noynoy’s support for a hero ..’

    With the above mentioned thoughts and opinions, I think Mr.Roxas has already been under a lot of pressure. The move of supposedly ‘sacrificing’ himself for unity is as sincere as his padyak ads. But I can admit that he is smooth with how he plays his game. It’s almost ‘Sun Tzu’ like, as I mentioned in a thread before. ‘Atat na atat’ pa rin sya and he will pull any stunt he can think of. I can say he would even deserve an ‘A’ for effort and resilience.

    But the part where Korina said….”see! he’s not eager! he’ll give way to have unity!! he seeks God’s guidance everyday!!” …… That was priceless! It gave me goosebumps and it certainly gave me tummy aches from laughing. After all, it is what you would expect and enjoy from the antics of such people. It is merely a circus show of dramatic proportions. ^_^

  27. The announcement of the Padyak guy to step down from the presidential race was simply entertaining. Simple minds would see it as a form of self sacrifice but for some, it is another theatrical stunt that Mr.Roxas has been so accustomed with. ^_^

    To present enlightenment to those who may not see through it…. here are some thoughts and opinions from like minded fellows who choose to look deeper beyond it. (It saves me the time and trouble of summarizing it on this thread. 😀 Hehe)

    ————————————————

    -’Nice excuse for the palenke guy. IMHO it’s the survey results. It’s what made him withdraw from the presidential race. Noynoy was a good escape. Sacrifice?… I don’t think so. No offense meant to their supporters, just my analysis.’

    ————————————–

    -’here’s my theory on these recent events ..

    first, noynoy is showing to be a very reluctant candidate.. which in terms brings very high popularity ratings in his favor.. seems like everyone wants a reluctant candidate.. it shows sincerity and honesty they say ..

    second, mar and other aspirants has been bombarded in media commentaries with the notion that they are ” atat na atat” or too eager to sit on the highest post, and being compared to popular yet reluctant candidates like noynoy ..

    third, news broke last night that mar will give way to noynoy IF he finally decides to run and take the challenge. that’s “IF” .. when will noynoy and his family decide? i’m sure it will happen sooner or later ..

    fourth, who’s looking good now? noynoy? not for me.. it’s now mar the hero. the one who’s giving way for unity in their popular political LP .. because the “Laban” group in LP is also very powerful in their party, and the will support noynoy “IF” he decides..

    fifth and finally, korina just did a “cris” this morning in her popular radio show “ted and korina”, where she’s on leave. she cried (as in) about how RELUCTANT mar is to run for the presidency. she bomabarded dequiros (PDI columnist) when he wrote about the “atat na atat” article. she said, “see! he’s not eager! he’ll give way to have unity!! he seeks God’s guidance everyday!!”

    so my theory is, noynoy will decide the other way.. he will not take the challenge.. then mar will again seek the helm and gain the double popularity of being a hero, and noynoy’s support for a hero ..’

    ——————————————-

    With the above mentioned thoughts and opinions that I posted, I think Mr.Roxas has already been under a lot of pressure. The move of supposedly ’sacrificing’ himself for unity is as sincere as his padyak ads. But I can admit that he is smooth with how he plays his game. It’s almost ‘Sun Tzu’ like, as I mentioned in a thread before. ‘Atat na atat’ pa rin sya and he will pull any stunt he can think of. I can say he would even deserve an ‘A’ for effort and resilience.

    But the part where Korina said….”see! he’s not eager! he’ll give way to have unity!! he seeks God’s guidance everyday!!” …… That was priceless! 😀 It gave me goosebumps and it certainly gave me tummy aches from laughing. After all, it is what you would expect and enjoy from the antics of such people. It is merely a circus show of dramatic proportions. ^_^

  28. RIZAL:
    good day rizal..I just wondering why Sen. Roxas announced his candidacy before,.. knowing that he’s not gonna win?(as you have said) Why should an aspiring candidate declare his candidacy without any basis if he will gonna make it or not? (anyway hindi ako maka Roxas..gapamangkot lang)

  29. Darrea,

    Yes, your name is enough introduction.

    It is indeed amazing to witness a fellow human being touch base with reality. If he knew he could win do you think Mar would give way to Noynoy? I did not find his act heroic. Instead, practical.

  30. jaypz,
    i do respect your opinion…god bless you always…
    may i know your opinion on nhoy aspiring for presidency…?

  31. .. iv’e never been to pilar.. been to capiz just once in my entire life.. for all those who criticize senator roxas.. let me ask you this question.. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE for your beloved town of pilar aside from all this gripes and grumbling?.. if you really want pilar to prosper.. start with yourselves.. build a road.. dig a well.. put up a business enterprise that would employ fellow townmates.. promote your town for tourism.. there’s a lot you can do positively than all this griping ang criticism of your fellow capizeno.. shame on you all..

  32. @garth garret masa

    It’s a free country. Last time I checked….. the Martial Law era is over. People will criticize as much as they want. If they’re not entitled to it, and by now, news and media entities would have been gagged or eliminated out of the picture from expressing themselves.

    If you look at it rationally, politicians themselves are aware of the criticisms that they will receive from the public. The criticisms they face are the challenges and part of the political arena that they get into.

    Nevertheless, it is still understandable on how emotional people can get when a favoured political candidate is under scrutiny. After all, Mr. Roxas himself has attempted to rouse emotions from prospective voters with his fantastical sincerity and dramatic political stunts. Follower, fans, disciples, etc. would be born out of that eventually.

    The real and appropriate shame lies in Mr. Roxas himself. He could have been promising. But his tactics or stunts failed to inspire and generate good feedback in the surveys. His slogan or theme was ridiculous. He created the theme of reminding people that life is totally miserable. What manner of inspiration can you get from that? Some would even think that he’s tolerating misery just as long people buy what he is selling…… and that is, the classic political tactic of offering hope. It suggested that people should vote for him, so that he will be the solution to their problems. The ‘Messiah Complex’ approach. That was the stage that he worked on….. he was presenting a miserable or oppressed setting that should have made ripe pickings out of gullible souls.

    It wasn’t really a pity or a shame that people didn’t support him for the presidency. Credit can even be given to some critics…..since they helped Mr. Roxas realize the practicality of backing out of the race….. for now. It would have been costly and it would have been in vain for him. Such challenges or pressures gave him a reality check.

    For someone who is ‘supposedly’ been to capiz once, etc., it’s simply apparent that you are irked….. and of course, it affirms that you wholeheartedly defend the dramatic senator. Some of us here can understand that but we’re not talking about some popular cheesy telenovela or some self-help book here, to which everyone may not patronize. This is politics. ^_^ Questions and criticisms are naturally raised and presented as the various players in the political arena perform their stunts. Apart from that, the circus stunts that are showcased in politics also present humor or absurd comedy to those who don’t take it too seriously at heart. :-p

    Bottom line is…… not everyone is buying Mr. Palengke’s baloney and not all people will tolerate mediocrity.

    Chill out. ^_^

  33. Today’s article about Senator Roxas’s statements last October 9 contained a lot of inaccuracies. One major inaccuracy was that threats and intimidation were used to stop local sectoral leaders from attending a meeting with the LP on October 10. That is not true at all. Whatever he prefers to believe, let it be, but I am quite sure such coercion was not used.

  34. @garth garret masa

    You should understand what monopoly means in Pilar or in Roxas City.

    You yourself should be ashamed to say shame on this people. You don’t know what is really happening around.

    If you consider this – griping. You are welcome to visit CAPIZ once again and ask anybody’s opinion. I assure you 9 if not 10 would say the same. Then that means most Capizenos grumble and there’s truth in what is written by JP.

  35. Mar Roxas is a Senator of the country…the rest of us are not…we can only do as much and change as much as we are capable, accountable and authorized…so, the question what we, ordinary citizens have done for our cities or municipalities or country in general is impertinent, to say the least. Bottom line… Because Mar Roxas is Senator…because of this position and the power that comes with it, much more is expected from him…as the movie saying goes…with power comes greater responsibility….and because, he failed to live up to this “dictum”…there lies our disappointment.

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  37. I don’t want to see Korina Sanchez ( the not so happy to be married and cried when he married a VP pala not President) or Kris Aquino (in a grown up-can’t shut up her mouth phase) in Malacanang.

    The person you are attracted with defines who you are. Mar Roxas attracted to Korina Sanchez(it’s awful really). Noy Noy attracted to no one. (is noy noy gay?).

    The truth is, there are more deserving candidates for the P and the VP positions. There are more intelligent human beings out there who just need exposure and connections or even a name.

    Pinoy pulitika is nakakadiri. Noy Noy, a free rider of her Father, Mother and Sister’s name…and Mar Roxas, a free rider of his ancestor’s name defines it all.

    I hate Noy Noy for running after her mother’s death. That’s improper, i think.
    I hate Mar Roxas for letting Noy Noy control him. Knowing that he can never win over Manny Villar, he turned into a chicken and backed out. And then they suddenly put Noy Noy into the scene (who by the way, doesn’t look ready at all) because her mother died and all the sympathy votes will be given to him.

    And then, with the help of her Little Madaldal na sister, and the Kalbong Abunda, they made all the artistas of both show support a incapable candidate for Presidency.

    Guys, we are talking about the President of the Philippines here, hindi Presidente ng Showbiz News Ngayon.

    Sobrang showbiz ni Mar at Noynoy.

  38. Spell TRAPO = MAR ROXAS…

    It was indeed practicality that made him give way to Noynoy. I mean,why spend more in running for Pres, when you can run beside a more popular one, and then ride along with his popularity?

    Still, he’s very incapable of running for the 2nd highest post. He may have the machineries to pay for his campaigns. But he’s not at the least qualified. If he can’t change the lives of a small town in his province, what more can he do for the rest of the country? We don’t need anymore of his kind. Instead of moving forward, our country won’t be any good with the likes of him in position.

  39. true blue pilarenyo wer u na?hir na me..hehe..ur noynoy is now 2nd to manny villar..nagay ka da pulok nga mapa malacanang ka kay basi bisan sa capitol indi ka na kakadto magdaug c governor bolante..ka tarso sa imo bro ike..

  40. Mar Roxas taga Capiz ka naging congressman naging no.1 senator pero ano nagawa mo sa capiz sariling hometown mo hindi mo pa progress ano pa kaya ang bansang pinas?ginagawa mong negosyo ang election mga ka line up mo sa capiz pinapautang mo tapos sisingilin pagnanalo dapat may collateral para pautangin mo

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  42. Masbate,

    Hindi naman po ako ang tumatanggap o tumanggap ng sahod at allowances ng isang congressman o senador. ano ba ang ine-expect mo from citizens like me?

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  44. I think you are being unfair…specially if the likes of binay, protégés of marcos, enriles, gma will run for the highest office. Like his rift with the mayor of Tacloban… roxas is a worker without funfare..I have seen him work with DTI. A senator makes laws. Your governor and mayor are more to blame for your plight. If he will run against binay. he has my vote.

  45. Di dapat maging presidente yang hindot, kupal, at putang-amang yan. Wala bang pwedeng bumaril dyan???

  46. Change has come. Nothing can stop our dear President from revealing those names and I bet many are shaking in fear of hearing their names on the next list. Their glory days are over, do wrong and the DU30 will shame your name and reputation to the ground.

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