KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: ‘Roxas is stupid’, Bohol mayor says PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 October 2014 14:22

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment…” (Romans 12:3, the Holy Bible).

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“ROXAS IS STUPID”, BOHOL MAYOR SAYS: Maybe, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is not really interested in running for president of the Philippines in 2016, after all. Maybe he is already contemplating on retirement after President Aquino finishes his term in 2016. Maybe, he is no longer interested in politics, and would just want to settle for a much simpler life as a businessman.

Otherwise, how come he seems bent on antagonizing people, like the mayors of Bohol, whose support he badly needs in his possible presidential run two years from now? If we are to believe media reports, he publicly scolded the mayors for a supposed fault which was not, in the first place, attributable to them, but to Roxas himself.

One report quoted Mayor Leoncio Evasco of Maribojoc, Bohol as saying “Gago siya (Roxas is stupid)… Roxas should have scolded himself.” Evasco was incensed, reports said, after Roxas scolded him and other Bohol mayors for their alleged failure to submit the requirements needed to repair and rehabilitate government buildings damaged by an earthquake that hit the province one year ago.

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BOHOL MAYORS UP IN ARMS VS. ROXAS: But, as Evasco told media personalities who got wind of the dressing down given by Roxas to the mayors, it was Roxas himself and his office which were at fault because, Evasco claimed, they were the ones who failed to give the supposed guidelines for the implementation of the projects.

Reporters who interviewed Evasco quoted him as saying: “He’s stupid for blaming the mayors. He should have brought the guidelines with him when he turned over the checks for the project. He should have scolded himself.”

As it turned out, the outburst of Roxas earned the ire now not only of the Bohol mayors who were scolded by him, but of all the other mayors in the province as well. The League of Municipalities, Bohol Chapter, is also reported to be readying to issue a statement proclaiming its collective stand against what Roxas did.

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POLITICIANS WITH DARK HEARTS, EVIL MOTIVES: This reminds me of a similar incident involving a candidate for a very high position in a previous election. This candidate wanted all those who could possibly pose problems for his candidacy—because of the candidate’s own deficiencies or because of the special status of those close to him—either cowed into silence, or disabled from spilling the beans against him and his close allies, and thereby derail his ambitions.

Calling on his trusted lieutenants, they then devised an evil scheme to silence a particularly nasty critic. They carried out this scheme in cold-blood, with the aid of their supporters in high government positions. Consequently, the special critic was removed from the work he was engaged in (albeit temporarily, which, as we will write at some future time, turned out to be a blessing in disguise), indeed disabling him from disclosing adverse information against the candidate.

But God sees dark hearts and evil motives. The scheming candidate not only failed to run for the position he was salivating for all his life, he was even defeated by an opponent who was a virtual unknown. Those who conspired with him also incurred God’s wrath, because they were also shamed and denied their life-long ambitions, even as the organizations they belonged to were toppled from their lofty positions. God is good all the time, really! Praise be to His Name!

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