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― Archibald MacLeish

Monday, January 4, 2016

Mar Roxas: An Objective SWOT Analysis. (Truth hurts, but let's face it NOW)


Filipinos must realize that we need two consecutive good Presidents in order to take off. The 2016 presidential election is therefore very crucial. Are we going to elect an honest president again? Or  are we going back to our old ways of electing a popular "trapo" candidate? 
In 2009,we said in the EQ Post Endorsement of P.Noy," We need a president of impeccable integrity. We need a candidate who will not steal from us, who will not lie to us, who will not disrespect us and who will not betray our trust." The EQ Post
In 2016, we are restating our belief that the country cannot have another Corrupt TRAPO! 
We need two CONSECUTIVE GOOD PRESIDENTS!  We need a president of impeccable integrity. We need a candidate who will not steal from us, who will not lie to us, who will not disrespect us and who will not betray our trust.
The Equalizer Post endorses Mar Roxas for president in 2016.
But we are very concerned about his candidacy.
Reasonable people can’t stomach the thought of Binay or Duterte as our president in 2016. We can’t accept what that would say about the Philippines, or what that could mean for it. Roxas is the flawed, rickety lifeboat we cling to, the amulet we clutch. He’ll prevail because he must. The alternative is simply too perverse (Binay) or too cruel (Duterte).
Let's do an objective SWOT analysis to determine what the Roxas candidacy must do to ensure his victory in 2016.
A SWOT analysis is a structured planning method used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats involved in a project or in a business venture. 
A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective. From Wikipedia
Mar Roxas: SWOT Analysis
Strengths:
  • "Ang walang tinatago, hindi kailangan mag memorize ng mga sagot. Ganyan si Mar Roxas. Laging handa kahit ano ang ibato sa kanya dahil malinis ang kanyang konsiyensiya." From Facebook (Fulgencio Jeronimo M. Reyes)
  •  "He is not only the safe bet but he is the best among the other candidates. " From Facebook (Brent BendaƱa)
  • Roxas is viewed as the candidate with much wider scope of experiences both in local and national governance. His services, virtually without stain of corruption and anomalous transactions, have endeared him to most local chief executives, cabinet members and opinion leaders in the country.
  • As senator, he successfully sponsored and fought for the Affordable Medicines Act. In billing himself as Mr. Palengke, he made a campaign for lower, affordable prices for commodities synomous with his name.

Weaknesses:
  • He needs to quickly develop a clear identity as a leader with his own vision and policy agenda and an authentic image that people will perceive as real, not phony.He needs identity and authenticity, more than the hand-me-downs that President Aquino has passed on to him in exchange for the presidential endorsement.Yen Makabenta (Manila Times)
  • Let’s be honest, many still hold Mar responsible for allegedly putting numerous infrastructure projects on hold, subjecting them to endless feasibility studies and not deciding on them with the urgency they deserve. Hence, the “teka-teka” moniker. These issues hang over Mar’s head, yet, have not been sufficiently addressed. Context is everything and he needs to sufficiently communicate why he had certain projects cancelled or put on ice. From Andrew James Masigan (Manila Times)
  • The specter of having the same inept personalities (like Sec.Abaya) remain in office, the same clannish attitude and the same culture insensitivity weighs heavy on Mar’s chances. (Manila Times)
Opportunities:
  • Reasonable people can’t stomach the thought of Binay or Duterte as our president in 2016. We can’t accept what that would say about the Philippines, or what that could mean for it. Roxas is the flawed, rickety lifeboat we cling to, the amulet we clutch. He’ll prevail because he must. The alternative is simply too perverse (Binay) or too cruel (Duterte).
THREATS:
  • In many regards, the confused image of Mar Roxas is due to the stupidity of his media handlers and his own "trying hard to please" everybody" attitude.
Is Mar Roxas the Mitt Romney of the Philippines?
Are they twins in parallel universes?
They are  both "decent men who say or do stupid things" because they are pretending to be something they are not !
Please read this  CNN article about Romney.  If you  can understand the media persona confusion in Romney, we guarantee you will see the same media persona problems in Mar Roxas:
What's wrong with Romney 
By Gloria Borger, CNN Chief Political Analyst
I have a theory about this. In spending a lot of time this year thinking about Romney -- and speaking with those who know him the best, politically and personally while reporting a CNN documentary -- this much appears to be true: Romney has a businessman's approach to politics. Which means: He sizes up a situation (or an audience). He figures out what he needs to do to cut the deal. Then he does it, and expects it to work.
Ergo, Romney speaks to a group of conservative GOP fat cats, and tells them what he thinks they want to hear so they will cough up the dough. Belief is almost beside the point. He was closing the deal.
Here's something to know: While Romney was born into politics, he's not a natural-born politician. His father may have been a three-term Michigan governor, but he told his son to go into business first. So he did. And now Romney is a numbers guy who came to the ideological part of politics late. And it shows, especially when you are asking voters to trust what you believe to become president.
Some politicians are hatched out of strong loyalty to a cause or a party. Romney is a businessman who came to politics out of a strong sense of duty -- and belief in his own ability to repair what's broken. Getting elected is what you have to do so you can do what you're good at: fixing things.
Once in office, though, when confronted with the difficult issue of abortion -- and looking at a presidential bid in the ever more conservative GOP -- he flipped, explaining to me that it was a matter of conscience, tempered by the reality of political power. "I realized what sounded good in a campaign, when I actually became the governor and would be the person who would sign a piece of legislation which could take human life -- I simply couldn't do that," he told me.
But there's no doubt about it: Romney had to move to the right to try and get the nomination, so he did in the 2008 campaign. And he did it again in 2012.
In trying to explain Romney's jujitsu, former adviser Alex Castellanos told me that Romney's journey on social issues was the journey of a businessman who "mainly looked at governing as an economic proposition, all of a sudden confronting some social issues as a mature adult responsible for human life. And so he did evolve there."
All of which leads to this question: Does Romney believe any of this stuff?
In the end, it's hard to know.
But I'll subscribe to a theory advanced by David Brooks in The New York Times today: that Romney is a decent man who says stupid things because he is pretending to be something he is not!

Maybe that's what Romney thought he needed to be to cut the deal.

But the problem is, presidential politics isn't just business. It's personal.