Technology is a blessing.
A blessing for people who know how to use it. A source of delight for people who know how to manipulate it.
Poor DILG Sec. Mar Roxas… he’s getting brickbats from netizens and the press for something he uttered that was picked up and magnified – out of proportion, out of context.
This happened right after the disastrous Yolanda super typhoon.
Mar went into a meeting with Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez to explain the situation before them… and what should happen next.
In the 42-minute, 55-second long video… we see a typical Mar.
Patient. Logical. Legalistic. Long-winded. Illustrating… clarifying points, every step of the way. Inviting boredom to set in. But sticking to the bottomline: no usurpation of turf, but let’s go through the whole process.
Seated across him, Mayor Romualdez was listening but appeared hesitant to agree on anything… seemingly bent on not giving up authority during this extraordinarily precarious time.
The mayor didn’t want to give in to the apparently simple request of Mar to put everything in black and white – an authorization for the national government to take over the job of overseeing the Yolanda “situation” in Tacloban. Not a letter of resignation from Romualdez.
The video runs out at this point (yes, after 40 minutes or so of discussing and dissecting the same matter). A few seconds later… Mar, probably out of weariness and frustration, must have jokingly blurted out the now ‘immortal’ phrase “you are a Romualdez… the President is an Aquino…” to stress why things cannot be smoother than they should be. Which is quite a fair opinion.
(Mind you, Mar knew cameras were all around the room.)
And Jose Mari Gonzalez, Mayor Romualdez’s dad-in-law (and the man who put up the country’s first state of the art recording facility), gets lucky and conveniently wounds up with a copy of the tape with the controversial phrase… which he cleans up (just 18 seconds of it)… uploads… and gets everyone raving mad – without hearing the first 42 minutes and 55 seconds.
I am no fan of this administration but I feel obliged to use technology myself to COMPLETE the picture. Only fair.