Dec. 2, 2005, 11:46 a.m.

Look Who's Talking

The Southeast Asian Games XXIII is now on-going, and as of last night the Philippines is on top with 58 gold medals, followed closely by Vietnam and third place is Thailand. It's a good sporting party over here! All sport events are scattered beautifully across the archipelago; perhaps a good side-effect is tourism promotion with our neighbors in the region. But there's always someone you spoils the party. The Thai Prime Minister (I can't even spell his name) foul-mouthed the Philippines for influencing the officiating; he cries cheating. This claim is baseless! Now, perhaps with their knowledge, it is well-known in sporting circles that, especially in the sport of boxing (those events needing human judges), the place for cheating is Thailand. One good advice for boxers is this: K-O your Thai opponents; it you go to the score cards, you'll surely lose. A lot of our boxing pundits here are always complaining of this predicament with Thailand. With that short background, how can Thailand cry foul? They should clean up their mess first. This is one reason why mixing politics with sports is unfortunate.

I'm reminded by Jesus' words regarding this matter, "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? ...You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye" (Mt 7.3, 5).

I guess a public apology from the said politician is necessary here, not the one given by their delegation.