“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” Joyce Meyer
By Alex P. Vidal
EXEQUIEL “Boy Ex” Javier knows he had been knocked out.
The referee had already ruled him unfit to continue.
But he refused to accept defeat saying he would only go down and leave the arena if the ring announcer has officially declared his loss.
In this scenario, Antique governor Javier is the dethroned pugilist.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is the referee.
The Supreme Court is the ring announcer.
Javier said while he “will respect” the decision of the Comelec, only the Supreme Court can oust him.
A case of a defrocked prizefighter refusing to leave the ring even if the referee has already rendered an official verdict, because the ring announcer was still waiting for the jury to hand him the official result of the contest.
Amid the conundrum, Rhodora Cadiao raised her hand in victory and strapped the championship belt around her waist.
“But I’m still the champion,” protested the blooded Javier. “The crown has not been vacated.”
Ignoring Javier, newly-crowned titlist Cadiao prepares to announce her first defense of the title and didn’t wait anymore for Michael Buffer or Jimmy Lennon Jr. to declare “And the winner is…”
FORMER Iloilo first district Rep. Oscar “Oca” Garin Sr. became both the singer and the song.
He intended only to disabuse the minds of doubting Thomases that he was behind the illegal gambling activities in the first district of Iloilo.
He only wanted to expose an evil and send a chilling reminder that he didn’t tolerate it.
But Garin, the singer, ended up disastrously singing a different song.
Instead of telling pessimists directly that he had no hand in illegal gambling activities in his district, Garin went haywire and machined-gunned municipal mayors and police chiefs in the district, accusing them of receiving a monthly payola or protection racket from gambling lords.
The title of his song should have been: “I’m Innocent.”
Because “he is innocent” or has nothing to do with illegal gambling activities, Garin exhorted the cops to apprehend all those involved.
But in his haphazardly-prepared concert, Garin erratically sang: “You’re on the take.”
No names. No evidence. No nothing except banter and cavalier sermon.
When the tide of media criticism, as well as the cavil of the police chiefs and the municipal mayors concerned, turned against him, Garin’s new tune became “Don’t blame me!”
The singer and the song goofed because he beat around the bush!
ILOILO second district Rep. Arcadio “Cadio” Gorriceta said he agreed with Iloilo Gov. Arthur “Art” Defensor Sr. when the governor told him in one of their discussions that the true measure of a brave and durable ring warrior is his capacity to mount a comeback and survive after he has been floored on the same bout.
“He is a brave and durable warrior if, after having been rocked by solid blows and got knocked down, he is still able to recover, absorb more punishments, and continue to attack his opponent,” said Gorriceta.
Gorriceta cited Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, the hard-hitting Mexican who knocked out in six Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas.
“Marquez suffered knockdowns several times in all his duels with Pacquiao. In their last fight, his nose was already blooded and Pacquiao was ready to finish him off when disaster struck: Pacquiao went down from Marquez’s lucky punch and was counted out,” the congressman recalled.
Rep. Gorriceta talked about Marquez after we met accidentally during the lunch for the birthday of fellow journalist Herbert Vego at Hotel del Rio on January 31, where he asked whether the fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will push through.