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Have you heard of this “feud” between the Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Sen. Dick Gordon and Ayala Land, Inc employee Martin Cervantes? I am not even sure if you can call that a feud, but here’s what I know based on emails and some research I got from the net:

  • Martin Cervantes wrote a blog about his experience during a volunteer work in Quezon City. Apparently, relief goods were not distributed on time because PNRC staff told the volunteers (Cervantes is one of them) that it is a protocol for any operations to wait for the Chairman because he still needs to deliver a speech or something.
  • Cervantes blogged about this saying Sen. Gordon is using the agency to further his political agenda even during a time like this (Ondoy). The news spread throughout the Internet through emails, Facebook, blogs, etc.
  • The blog of course reached Sen. Gordon, and while I cannot find an actual statement from Sen. Gordon’s office, I believe an explanation was made saying that Senator did not make any order to postpone the distribution, nor was there a protocol stopping them from distributing the goods.
  • A few days after that, Cervantes issued a public apology and many blogs, according to one of the forums I usually visit, were deleted. I can only guess this is due to a request from Cervantes.

Okay, those are what I know. And here’s what I think:

Cervantes made a blow-by-blow account of what happened, not of what he thought is happening. There were some emotional statements, but they are mostly statements of events, of facts. And according to his blog, PNRC staff said they have to wait before goods are distributed as the Senator is going to deliver a speech. Cervantes did not say, “I think the PNRC staff said something like this….” Cervantes said, and I quote here:

…we were informed by one of the PRC staff on site, we couldn’t give out the goods yet because “protocol” dictates that the PRC chair….Mr. Dick Gordon was going to visit and deliver some sort of speech or at least hand out the goods. We were infomed by a certain Ms. Torres that this was how it goes…

I think this is from Cervantes

I think this is from Cervantes

Now, after a couple of days, he apologized. When I read the apology, it did not contain any sincerity at all! He ended his apology saying:

I am sincerely sorry for the whole fiasco, it was not my intention to present it that way. (Got the whole text from here: http://www.juancountry.com/senator-dick-gordon-under-fire-on-facebook/)

Wow. How pretentious can you get?! This is what I think happened: He was pressured to issue an apology. Whether it is from his employer or Sen. Gordon, or both, I do not know. But in his apology, he did not say he was mistaken. And he says he is sincere? He should have said he is sorry because he is wrong, not because names were dragged, or some unnecessary fiasco was created by his blog.

Two things:

  1. Either his freedom of expression is being curtailed (courtesy of Ayala Land, Inc or Sen. Gordon), or
  2. He is really wrong but is so embarrassed to admit that he indeed is wrong.

Either way, something should be done here. I hope either he stands by his right to freedom of expression, or be courageous enough to accept the consequences of his irresponsibility, i.e., apologize because HE IS WRONG or HE LIED.

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Yesterday, Mar Roxas announced that he will be supporting Noynoy for his presidential bid (oh, and Noynoy hasn’t made any announcement yet as of this writing). When Mar was asked why he backed out, he was very firm in saying he did not really back out… what he said, according to that interview with Julius Babao of ABS-CBN, was that he is supporting Noynoy for his presidential bid. (I don’t know if it’s just me but I think he somehow emphasized that he did not back out.

Noynoy’s family, on the other hand, keeps on asking the people not to pressure Noynoy regarding the 2010 elections. Very funny. Kris Aquino cannot really separate showbusiness from politics and governance. I mean, according to reports, Noynoy and Mar have been having these dialogues for days now so they can figure out what is the best course of action for the two of them — will it be Noynoy-Mar or Mar-Noynoy? My point is, the entire idea of Mar’s press conference is that they were able to reach an agreement — and that, of course, is for Noynoy to run for the presidency. Anong pressure ba ang sinasabi ni Kris?!

Moving on to the What If, I was just thinking: What if this is just a play by Noynoy and Mar? We all know that Mar is not a winnable candidate as far as surveys are concerned. And it is my belief that Noynoy, although he may have the support of a number of people courtesy of his being the son of Ninoy and Cory, is not yet ready for such a big role. What if the two has agreed to help each other by doing this drama?

  1. Mar will “sacrifice” his aspirations so for the greater good. (Wouldn’t this increase Mar’s ranking in surveys? I mean, you just need a good PR person to romanticize the idea of Mar sacrificing personal ends for the greater good, right? Mar would become a super-selfless presidentiable.
  2. Noynoy will announce later on that while he praise Mar’s decision, he believes he is not yet ready to run for the presidency. And with this, “I am encouraging all of you to support my good friend, the selfless senator, Mar Roxas, for his presidential bid.”


What will happen? Mar Roxas hopefully absorbs Noynoy’s public support, and Noynoy retains his ‘presidentiability’ which will be very, very ready by 2016. In the mean time, Mar will have him as his VP and assign him a very challenging role in the cabinet.

Hay naku. If only I can vote, I’ll definitely vote for Mar Roxas for president.

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