In fairness to Mar Roxas, he is not a bad person. He is well-educated. He hails from a super rich family. He doesn’t have any motivation to do ill to people. But he can’t be a good leader. He doesn’t possess the attributes that would inspire, excite and motivate people to follow him. He will do better as an investment banker. He is destined to fail as a political leader.

Authenticity is the number one issue about Mar Roxas. Much of what he says or do smacks of insincerity. He always tries to project an image that is far from his true self. He portrayed himself as a pedicab driver. He had photographs with a bag of rice on his shoulders. He tried his hand at directing traffic. And many more antics that only succeeded in depicting him as “kengkoy”.

The carpenter

Mar has tried to be everything that he is not, including a carpenter. He doesn’t even know how to hold a hammer, making look ridiculous.

Mar would have done better had he worked on his strengths. With his background in investment banking, he could have pushed for better railway systems (including MRT, LRT and the train service to Bicol), improve our ports and pressured telecommunications companies to provide faster internet service at cheaper rates when he was at the helm of DOTC. And when he succeeded the late Jesse Robredo, Mar could have whipped the Philippine National Police into a crack crime-busting force to eradicate the drug syndicates and other crime groups.

Unfortunately, Mar wasted his time and energy on projecting the image that he is capable of menial jobs in the mistaken notion that this would endear him to the masses. This was his biggest mistake. It only plunged him deeper into the morass of public disapproval. People easily saw through his thin disguise. Instead of gaining trust, he nurtured distrust. Instead of confidence, he bred doubt about his character. He was being untrue.

Now that Mar has been anointed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III as the standard bearer of the Liberal Party, he steps into the arena with an even heavier handicap. He is clothed with the “matuwid na daan” label which five years under the Aquino presidency has earned ridicule and disrespect and scorn from most of the Filipino people. Perhaps he is only hoping that with the massive pork barrel in the 2015 national budget, he could flood the nation, through governors and mayors, with so much largess to turn the situation around in his favor.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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