‘Daang matuwid’ rebuked cabinet members TV ads

DANDAN BANTUGAN COLUMN

 

 

 

 

          Weekend nights are usually spend in watching television and one cannot miss seeing the television ads of Mar Roxas and Ria Hontiveros.

Roxas wanted to expand more on the “daang matuwid”  when his television ad simply rebukes the slogan.        The same is true for Hontiveros who stood as the endorser of PhilHealth but make a plaguing of her name in the advertisement.

We also see the political ads of Atty. Francis N. Tolentino of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Sec. Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

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          Simply speaking, these are all advance campaigning at the expenses of the government. Is this the “daang matuwid” (straight path)?

          Despite the anointment of Roxas as Pres. Aquino’s successor, Roxas has the temerity and the gall to cling to his position by just maneuvering to have the President refusing to let go of him as Aquino is still looking for his replacement.

          So we cannot see any reason why Roxas called for the expansion of the “daang matuwid” in his political ads as he is exposing his untruthfulness in capitalizing his post as a Cabinet member despite the fact that he is running for President next year.

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Pres. Aquino has become helpless in stopping the advance campaigning of his Cabinet members and allies using government expense.

Is this the situation when the highest official of the land becomes a lame duck? For instance, can he not stop Hontiveros in endorsing PhilHealth by mentioning her name?

We do not have any objection to the PhilHealth ad. Just delete the portion when Hontiveros speaks her name. Common product endorsers do not mention their names.

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          The same is true with MMDA Chairman Francis N. Tolentino. We do not have any objection of his political ad. Just let him resign from his post and avoid extra mileage as a news source.

          Ditto with Sec. Joel Villanueva who dons the tag as Mr. Tesdaman and have his tarpaulins displayed in all TESDA centers all over the country.

          We heard that Justice Sec. Leila de Lima has also started producing her tarpaulins and have it displayed publicly. We do not have any problem with her joining the Senate race next year. Her face already speaks of a political debacle.

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But the meat of this column is the fact that the administration allies should not engaged in advance campaigning at the expense of the government. That is not the “daang matuwid”.

The opposition can have their advance campaigning as they spend with their own resources. So just allow Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Mark Villar and Martin Romualdez to invade all television stations with their political ads.

Theirs is a risk with no government money being involved.

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