The curse of Sen. Mar Roxas

I am disgusted when someone whom I respect utter socially unacceptable words. It saddened me more when a highly respected legislator who has what it takes to become the next president of the nation behave as if he was in dark alleys of Metro Manila. I was so dismayed with the curse of Sen. Mar Roxas during the big rally against charter change in Makati.

The words of Mar Roxas were not appropriate and were very disgusting. Too bad that I cannot even write it here. I don’t use such words.

The good thing was, Sen. Mar Roxas was quick to apologize. But the delicate glass has been broken – the damage has been done. How many minors have heard his words? How many innocent souls will model him when they are angered over things.

For Mar Roxas, who expressed intention to become the next president, his act was very unbecoming.

Some of Mar Roxas’ supporters claim that it was just a normal for a man who is angered over repeated attempt to amend the constitution. Everyone gets angry. That is a fact. But to say bad words when one is angry is not an act of everyone – not for a national leader.

It was the first time the nation heard curse words from Mar Roxas. It may be the last because he may have learned a lesson but it could also be the first because the second, the third, the fourth will soon follow.

Will this affect Mar Roxas’ ambition to become president of the Philippines? Maybe yes, maybe no – we all don’t know.

Just for today, let us allow Mar Roxas to learn from his mistakes!

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SWS: De Castro, Villar, Legarda lead Presidential Aspirants

Noli de Castro

Vice President Noli De Castro is still Filipino’s (according to surveys) favorite to succeed President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2010.

According to the result of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey for the 3rd quarter of 2008, De Castro, Senate President Manuel Villar, and Sen. Loren Legarda are among the top favorites for 2010 presidential elections.

SWS asked this question to 1,500 adult Filipino respondents:

Under the present Constitution, the term of Pres. Arroyo is up to 2010 only, and there will be an election for a new President in May 2010. Who do you think are good leaders who should succeed Pres. Arroyo as President? You may give up to three names.

Of the 1,500 respondents, 29% mention Vice-President De Castro, 28% mention Senate President Villar, and 26% mention Sen. Legarda. Respondents of the SWS survey were randomly picked in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Panfilo Lacson  follows Legarda with 17%, then Francis Escudero 16%, and 13% mention both Joseph Estrada and Mar Roxas. See the complete list below:

Noli de Castro 29%
Manny Villar 28%
Loren Legarda 26%
Panfilo Lacson 17%
Francis Escudero 16%
Joseph Estrada 13%
Mar Roxas 13%
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo 1%
Bayani Fernando 1%
Antonio Trillanes III 1%
Juan Ponce Enrile 1%
Francis Pangilinan 1%

(Source: Social Weather Stations)

Will this survey already define what the 2010 presidential elections be? Will this can be translated to votes? It is too early to tell.

Presidential aspirants are now beginnign to lubricate their political machineries to surely win in 2010. That is the only thing I am sure of.

What is interesting is respondents’ mention of Estrada and Arroyo which supposed not on the list of 2010 presidential aspirants in 2010. But people still love to recall their names. But recalling them while voting? I doubt.