A very sacred rule

Conrad M. Cariño

Conrad M. Cariño

I am no fan of Leila De Lima. And I even could not imagine her getting another term as Senator. But having said that, the previous intention to show her supposed sex video in a public hearing in the Lower House was like a below the belt hit. Good thing that never pushed through, because how would other lawmakers in other countries regard the Philippine Congress if indeed the public showing of De Lima’s sex video did push through right in the very halls of the Lower House?

Does that show that Filipino politicians (not all though) do not know what “not to hit below the belt” means?

Compare that to boxers who almost keep the rule not to hit below the belt, which literally means not hitting a fighter’s balls or testicles, a very, very sacred rule. While there are occasions where boxers unintentionally hit below the belt line, almost all boxers I see do keep the rule not to hit below a very, very sacred rule. Even mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters observe that rule in a very, very sacred way.

So what has become of our politicians?

Not that I oppose the investigation by the Lower House on De Lima’s alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade. And I am not for easing the pressure on De Lima on that matter.

In boxing or MMA, hitting below the belt means a fighter is a poor sport, is losing a bout, is ungentlemanly or not fit to be a professional fighter. That may also mean a fighter is a caveman or criminal.

In conjunction with the not hitting below the belt rule, boxers are not allowed to hit a fighter who is down or on his knees (definitely, you are not allowed in boxing to pounce on an opponent who is down flat on his back).

The premise of this boxing rule is there is no point in bludgeoning an opponent if he is visibly hurt.

Now, how we wished that our lawmakers be as honorable as boxers and even MMA fighters.

The fight game, even if it is already mainstream, has sometimes been referred as the “red light district” of sports. So does that put professional fighters at the level of those in the sex trade? Interesting question.

But you have to hand it over to boxer and MMA fighters, even if they fight in the “red light district” of sport, for religiously observing the rule never to hit below the belt. And that rule should be observed by all civilized people in a figurative way. So that means backstabbing, blackmailing, gossiping on other people and what have you should not be tolerated by citizens, because doing those would figuratively mean hitting below the belt.

If there is anyone who pounded into my mind the rule never to hit below the belt, it is my loving mother who always advocated decency, fair play and respecting people. And I have most of life observed the rule never to hit anybody below the belt figuratively (although I would hit below the belt, literally, anybody who tries to kill me or my loved ones.)

But as the years passed since my mother first told me never to hit below the belt, I find it hard to comprehend that very few people, especially the young ones, do not know the rule and how it applies figuratively.

And it is very sad that boxers and MMA fighters may be the only ones who know that rule and keep it sacred, even in a literal way.

What about our politicians and lawmakers? Do they know how to apply that rule figuratively? You supply the answer.


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