The reasoning is sound enough: if you cheat in a sport (such as golf), one can safely assume you cheat in other, more important and bigger stuff.
That’s why all the hullabaloo about new Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez should be taken seriously.
He cheated on his scorecard at the Alabang Golf and Country Club – conniving with his caddy to get a better score, yet was caught red-handed.
Every golf aficionado will tell you, recent Tiger scandal notwithstanding, that gold is a gentleman’s game. It is a sport that is much like tennis – deeply rooted in tradition and history when men were gentlemen and ladies were proper and reserved.
Well, sorry. Welcome to the new millennium – when people make promises they don’t intend to keep, and will suck up like leeches just to get a cushy post.
Alvarez keeps insisting he did nothing wrong, and blames everyone else for “setting him up.”
The country club has quickly moved to sanction this embarrassment – suspending his playing rights for six months. The Inquirer reports that he “punished by the club’s board, which found that he and three other golfers in his foursome (let’s call them the fucked up foursome – O.N.) committed ‘gross violations of the rule of golf’ during the well-attended Mango Tee member-guest tournament in February.”
Alvarez is also barred from the premises of the club during the suspension, and from joining the Mango Tee for five long years.
The Inquirer reports: “I was asked by my caddy to sign my scorecard, which I did (after the round) without the benefit of rechecking my hole-by-hole scores,” said Alvarez, the former chair of the Philippine Basketball Association.
Stupid, stupid. Don’t you know better than to look at and study something BEFORE you affix your signature, Mr. Commish?
Anyway, this weasel is, well, trying to weasel his way out of the mess he’s in by turning the tables and threatening to go after “name-droppers and influence peddlers in his effort to clean up the bureau.”
Uhm, methinks he should prioritize going after golf cheats.
PNoy, so far your choice of people is pretty spotty, at best.
Or are we again expecting too much from you?
Kick this Alvarez out.