Netizens on Monday “feasted” on a photo of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd skidding off a motorcycle while on a disaster-mitigating effort in Samar.
The photo showing Roxas in denim pants, yellow raincoat and a
baseball cap was first twitted by Rappler Sunday night. It went viral on social Media the following day.
The post was retweeted 196 times and got 152 “favorites” as of Monday afternoon. The photo was also posted on Facebook and other websites.
While many netizens jeered Roxas for not wearing a helmet, others suspected it was just a publicity stunt of the secretary and his spin doctors.
Manuel Mejorada, in his reply to the post said: “Did Mar tell the photographer to make sure the camera was trained on him? If this is a real fall, his left arm would be broken.”
“@MARoxas is for media mileage and appear to be a ‘real leader’ in crisis,” he added.
Ibba Rasul Bernardo said in his twit: “I’m not a huge fan of Sec. Roxas but kudos for riding during a storm to try and help out. With all sorts of debris scattered on the road ain’t easy. I hate to nit pick but being the former Sec. of the Department of Transportation and Communication, he should know better than to not wear a helmet coz safety and it violates a law that he’s supposed to uphold.”
“Lesson for the day: Huwag mag motor pag may bagyo. At saka magsuot ng helmet,” former Party-list Rep. Teodoro Casino of Bayan Muna said in his twit.
Coconuts Manila in its website lauded Roxas for checking on areas hit by typhoon Ruby but reminded him of the helmet law.
“Kudos Mr. Roxas for that quick call to action. Please don’t forget your helmet next time. There is such a thing as the Helmet Law, right? Okay, carry on,” it said.
Others expressed concerned for Roxas saying they hope the secretary was not hurt.
“Slippery roads, I guess. I hope he’s not hurt,” said @pinoymommy.
“It’s no big thing. just worried for Roxas’ safety,” said @wawam.
In the past, Roxas’ photos have been the center of “storm” in the Internet accusing the secretary of being an “epal” or grandstanding in all his activities.
Among others, Roxas’ photos that went viral and heavily criticized by netizens are those showing him carrying a sack of onion, driving a pedicab and manning traffic.
A picture of then Senator Roxas holding a lei of garlic while delivering a privileged speech also went viral in the past. The photo was captioned “Boy Bawang.”