Undeserved harshness

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Randy David:

“Poor Secretary Roxas seems unable to do anything correct in the eyes of people who have made up their minds about his suitability for higher office. Rather than view his presence in Borongan, Samar—the site of Ruby’s expected first landfall—as a public official’s gesture of responsibility and solidarity with the affected communities, his critics opted to see it as a cheap ploy aimed at raising his political profile as a potential presidential candidate. This undeserved harshness became magnified when he unfortunately tipped over on a borrowed motorbike while he was rushing to reach the town of Dolores in Samar before dark on roads strewn with debris. Instead of appreciating his zeal, social media began bashing him for riding without a helmet! It is a risk that every politician has to contend with. “One need only name a value that in given circumstances is only unsatisfactorily met—and in the case of risk policy this would constitute ‘safety,’” wrote Niklas Luhmann, “and a topic is born.” How true!

Last night, I asked my son, CP, a geologist who works with the Department of Science and Technology’s Project Noah, what new lessons we have gained from our experience with Ruby. His pithy reply intrigued me: “I think the public was overwhelmed by an oversupply of information.” That was a scientist’s view, obviously, not a politician’s.”

Joe Am calls this “a weakness in the Filipino’s character“.

I agree with Mr. David, and Joe Am. Mr. Roxas did not deserve this harshness.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • Richard Del Rosario

    Its sad to see that your first article in 5 months and all you have is a repost of a newspaper article.

  • Maybe the incident will get us out of our lazy ways of buying into what we see in the sensationalist media and look at the whole of Mar Roxas. Not shaded by sensationalist pictures. On this incident, it was truly unfortunate. The guy was responding to need, took the initiative to bum a motorbike when the road became impassable, and people toss that aside to laugh about the helmet. No wonder we don’t get good people elected. Voters are looking at the wrong hints of character.