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Ronald Roy — Mar. 3, 2016

Over a week ago, a candidate for the Senate, former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello, petitioned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to compel Senate aspirant Manny Paquiao to postpone his boxing match with Timothy Bradley on the ground that the said bout, scheduled this coming April 9, would contravene the Fair Elections Act (R.A. No. 9006).

I understand Bello’s apprehensions because, going by the letter of the cited Act, the sporting event would give the boxing icon television and other media exposures to the disadvantage of the other senatorial bets. In my opinion, however, Manny is not covered by the law, contrary to the personal views being ventilated by the controversial Election Commissioner, Rowena Guanzon.

Unprofessional conduct
I am at this point constrained to show displeasure with Guanzon’s premature public disclosure of her anti-Manny inclinations on the Bello Petition. As a member of the ruling body of the Comelec, a quasi-judicial constitutional agency, it behooves the Comelec official to discontinue what is turning out to be her unprofessional grandstanding at the expense of the entire Commission on Elections.

Indeed, it appears she has failed to measure up to the behavioral standards observed by magistrates in the judicial branch. It is suggested that she honestly answer public queries if she has spoken out of turn on the Bello Petition in order to hit the front pages — the headlines, actually — to boost her popularity, or whether she merely wishes to give good advice to the pugilist — something which I doubt magistrates would be wont to do.

Unjust disadvantage?
Ironically, the principal issue of a possible coming Comelec hearing on the petition is “popularity”, and that is: whether the public airing of the bout in question, via television, radio, print and other media outlets, will so boost the popularity of Pacquiao as to work an unjust disadvantage for the other Senate bets. Well, I do not think so.

Manny does not need to do anything more to enhance his global fame that peaked years ago when he became the first professional boxer in history to win eight world titles in eight different weight categories. In fact, his coming fight with Bradley is a risk because it may result in an embarrassing loss by him — an event that would naturally diminish his popularity and, consequently, his chances for a Senate seat.

Let’s then be glad the philanthropist has decided to proceed to abide by his contractual commitments by ignoring the warnings raised by Guanzon. He is going to Las Vegas, Nevada to win more honors for his country, and to gratefully entertain boxing fans, here and abroad, without whose support he never would have reached the milestones ascribed to him.

Let’s just allow our national treasure to move on in his quest to selflessly share his talents with others, the way he knows how, the way countless other solons have yet to equal. Let us leave Manny “the Pacman” Pacquiao alone in his dream to be an ideal Filipino within the reaches of his limits. We owe him that much.

However, do we owe Pres. Aquino and his legions of Yellows as much?! Like Manny, they aspire to be remembered. There’s nothing wrong with that, save for the fact that they have used 40 days of every year of the past thirty years to write the Edsa story with such misguided fervor that they would now call that so-called “one moment in time” at Epifanio de los Santos Ave. a miracle. Was it?

A miracle is an extraordinary event that cannot be explained through human reasoning or the application of scientific principles and laws. If, for instance, a bomb explodes to totally wreck a vehicle but leaves unscathed its driver and all his passengers, the incident would be a miracle or, as commonly understood, an act of God or divine intervention.

It was not really like the case that bombs were released in order to demolish Camp Aguinaldo, but did not explode because, mystifyingly, the bombs first remained suspended for seconds in midair over the camp, before flying off to outer space where they detonated. That would’ve been a miracle. What did happen was that bombs were not released on orders of the dictator.

When Bong Bong Marcos’ father ordered his forces not to attack, he said, “I will not have the blood of innocent civilians on my hands”. And when not a single shot was fired, it was because Marcos never ordered a siege. There was no miracle. There was a God-fearing man who avoided bloodshed.

But the Yellows insist that Edsa was a miracle precisely to portray it, in the words of P-Noy, as a triumph of right over wrong, or of good over evil…in effect, as God’s striking down of an evil man. Truly, after Pres. Aquino steps down in June this year, hopefully we can all move on unhampered by the Yellows’ divisive version of Edsa.

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