With their signature colors, Senators Manny Villar and Mar Roxas are venturing into old tricks yet glamorous political stunts. It’s amazingly annoying to see both ambitious individuals trying to sell themselves for 2010.
There is no need to argue that both are just promoting their advocacy because obviously they are doing everything to get into Malacanang.
Of course it is not bad to seek the highest position. And I don’t want to suggest that they’ll stop doing their marketing activities because 2010 is too close.
In one TV ad of Manny, he is seen standing in muddy field as he was acting as helping a duck farmer. And to my amazement, he was shown wiping his dirty hands on his orange shirt. And it was a close-up! It was disgustingly unnatural. Manny’s PR guys must go to Salug Valley in Mindanao and consult the farmers there how to wipe dirty hands on shirts!
Of course I love seeing Manny piling hollow blocks! I love to see him without the benefit of lights, camera, and director.
Mar, being among the weak material for presidential election in 2010 takes off with his offensive media stunts. In fact Mar is very visible now, trying to get as many interviews as he can. He also targeting the grassroots by airing radio ads about cheaper medicine and about insurance mess.
What is interesting for Mar is his sudden change of political mask – from calm and smart-sounding leader, he tried to take the role of a brave street activist which surprised many observers. Is he trying to create an image of former Senator Aquino who bravely attack the strongman – Ferdinand Marcos?
Manny and Mar have many things in common. Both are into political adverturism. Both are wealthy. Both wants to sleep in Malacanang for six years or more.
Manny has support from local executives but Mar has a woman – Korina – to enchant voters. Isn’t Imelda took big role in Marcos’ presidential campaign? Imelda had an appeal that masses never forget. Unfortunately, Korina don’t possess such aura.
So Manny and Mar must spend more of their wealth to increase their chances in 2010!