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IS there reason to doubt that Mar Roxas had overstepped the bounds of good behavior at Wack Wack golf club in Mandaluyong?

There is, if we consider Mar’s political lineage and societal status.

He is a former senator, the son of the late imminent senator Gerry Roxas.

Mar lost to Jojo Binay in the 2010 vice presidential derby in what was generally considered a stunning upset.

Mar today is the Interior secretary, one of the most vital, if not most powerful, positions in the government after having been appointed Transportation chief.

Outside politics – he is, by the way, the grandson of the late President Manuel Roxas – Mar also belongs to one of the country’s wealthiest clans: the Aranetas.  Practically all of Cubao’s commercial district in Quezon City, land-wise, is owned by the Aranetas, including the iconic Araneta Coliseum.  

And, on the showbiz side, Mar is married to big time broadcaster Korina Sanchez of TV giant ABS-CBN.

So, if you come down to it, with all the handsome credentials written across his name, how can Mar afford to misbehave in public?

I could hardly believe it happened.

But, somehow, it seemed it did.

What has Mar done, allegedly, to begin with?

A while back, it was reported by GMA-7 broadcaster and Abante columnist Arnold Clavio that Mar blew his top when he was being assessed a green fee for a teaching pro Mar had hired to give golf pointers to his visiting friend.

But before Rey Pagunsan could begin work, a Wack Wack staff reminded Mar Roxas to first pay the green fee of P5,000-plus.

It was a small amount to pay – a pittance fee, indeed – if we consider Mar’s financial worth.

No pay, no work for Mar’s teaching pro.

That simple.

In all sports, golf has the strictest set of rules ever.  I know, I am a rules man.  Modesty aside, I am an international rules man as well, having earned a Certificate of Rules education, among other certificates, in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2000 together with fellow rules men Jake P. Ayson and Vince Villafuerte.

But instead of obeying the club rule and proceeding with the day’s order of business – play golf, and have your friend get pointers from your hired pro – Mar didn’t take heed.

Mar’s infraction was reported to club officials by the staff, who also complained of being berated allegedly by Mar.

After a review of the case, Mar was found guilty of inappropriate conduct and was suspended in accordance with club rules.  The verdict was signed by Wack Wack top gun Francisco Legarda, the father no less of Sen. Loren Legarda.

Will Mar – or did Mar – contest the decision?

But if I were him, I would just leave it at that.  Further, I might even issue an apology – even if I strongly feel I wasn’t guilty of the crime charged.

I believe a government leader should always think and act that way at all times.  Thus, when crucified by even a public opinion, bow.  Humility is the true mark of a real public servant.

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 ALL IN   Since we are into golf, try playing at Capitol Golf Club, now the shining secret jewel of Quezon City.  Not only are the staff there very courteous, humble and accommodating, the course’s fairways are now well-manicured, the greens spic-and-span.  If you ask me, the Capitol layout is now the most beautiful course in Q.C. Here’s a toast to Sgt. Major Joe Dagdagan, the chief architect in the layout’s revolutionary transformation.  Cheers, Joe!

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