Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Graft probe vs. Arroyo goes to freezer in the meantime

HAPPY 54TH ANNIVERSARY, DADDY, MOMMY: July 8, 2010 marked the 54th wedding anniversary of my parents, and I thank God, in the name of Jesus, that despite the problems and rigors of daily living, the two of them---Melanio Pauco Mauricio Sr., 78, of Tarlac and Salvacion Haber Lazo, 76, of Ilocos Sur---continue to be together and, mercifully, living happily ever after. Once again, salamat sa Diyos sa ngalan ni Jesus.


GRAFT PROBE VS. ARROYO GOES TO THE FREEZER IN THE MEANTIME: I guess that, indeed, the Department of Justice order holding in abeyance the required preliminary investigation of the graft charges against former President Arroyo on account of the failure of the Truth Commission to come up with its guidelines yet confirms what we have written here just this week.

The investigation and, if warranted, the prosecution of Mrs. Arroyo and her family, official and personal, will have to be in the freezer for now, because, legally, there is now a bar to that investigation and prosecution, and this bar is the Hilario Davide Truth Commission. For how long? Only the commission can tell us that.


DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL TO PROTECT MEDIAMEN NOW: Arming journalists and other mediamen supposedly to protect them from attacks from determined assassins is no protection at all. There is no one---and there is nothing---here on earth that can stop killers and their masterminds from injuring or killing newsmen who are outspoken.

If we really want to protect mediamen, we must teach them first of all to be godly, subjecting themselves to God and His Word, obeying His commands and decrees, for that is the real protection for everyone. Then, we can decriminalize our laws on libel and remove it as a threat against press freedom.


LORENZO OFFER TO BECOME STATE WITNESS PREMATURE: Luis “Chito” Lorenzo, the former secretary of the Department of Agriculture who has returned from a five-year exile, may soon realize that it may have been too early for him to be even considering to offer himself as a state witness in the P728 million fertilizer fund scam being attributed to the Arroyo administration.

The fact is that, under Section 9 of Republic Act 6981 (or the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act) and Sections 9 and 10 of Rule 119 of the Revised Rule on Criminal Procedure, there could be a state witness only if the appropriate criminal charges have already been filed in court. Here, there are even no court cases yet, so where is Lorenzo going to be a witness?


THE LORD DETESTS LYING LIPS: And, while we are on the issue of witnesses, I guess it is appropriate to see what the Holy Bible, particularly its Book of Proverbs, says about witnessing, testifying and about witnesses in general.

Here are some of them: A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies (Proverbs 12: 17). Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment (Proverbs 12:19). The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful (Proverbs 12:22).

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Imbestigasyon vs. Arroyo mapi-freezer muna

MALIGAYANG IKA-54 NA ANIBERSARYO, DADDY, MOMMY: Salamat sa Diyos, sa ngalan ni Jesus, ginunita ng aking mga magulang ang kanilang ika-54 na anibersaryo ng kasal noong Julio 8, 2010. Nagpapasalamat kami ng lubos na sa kabila ng mga problema sa buhay, silang dalawa---si G. Melanio Pauco Mauricio, Sr., 78, ng Tarlac at Salvacion Haber Lazo, 76, ng Ilocos Sur---ay patuloy sa maligayang pagsasama. Minsan pa, salamat sa Diyos sa ngalan ni Jesus.


IMBESTIGASYON VS. ARROYO MAPI-FREEZER AT TITIGILAN MUNA: Sa aking palagay, ang utos ng Department of Justice na pumipigil pansamantala sa imbestigasyon ng mga kasong katiwalian o graft and corruption laban sa dating Pangulong Arroyo dahil sa hindi pa nailalabas ng Truth Commission ang kanyang mga alintuntunin ay kumumkupirma sa ating isinulat dito nito lamang linggong ito.

Ang imbestigasyon at ang posibleng paglilitis ni Gng. Arroyo at ng kanyang mga kapamilya at mga opisyales ay mapi-freezer at titigilan na muna sa ngayon, sapagkat, batay sa batas, mayroon ng legal na pagbabawal laban sa nasabing imbestigasyon at pag-uusig, at ito nga ay ang Truth Commission ni Hilario Davide. Kung gaano katagal ang pagtigil na ito ay tanging ang komisyon lamang ang makakapagsabi.


ALISIN ANG LIBELO BILANG KRIMEN: Ang pagbibigay ng baril o armas sa mga peryodista at iba pang mga nasa media upang protektahan sila laban sa mga nagnanais silang saktan o patayin ay hindi totoo at tunay na proteksiyon para sa kanila. Walang sinuman---at walang anuman---sa mundong ito na makakapigil sa isang mamamatay-tao at ang mga nag-utos sa kanila sa kanila na saktan o patayin nga ang mga mamamahayag.

Kung nais nating bigyan ng tunay na proteksiyon ang mga nasa media, kailangang turuan natin silang maging maka-Diyos sa lahat ng sandali at nagpapasakop sa Diyos at sa Kanyang Salita, at sumusunod sa Kanyang mg autos at tuntunin, sapagkat iyan lamang ang tunay na proteksiyon para sa lahat. Tapos, alisin na natin ang libelo bilang krimen, upang maaalis na din ito bilang banta sa kalayaan sa pamamahayag.


ALOK NI LORENZO PARA MAGING STATE WITNESS DI PA NAPAPANAHON: Tila yata naging maaga masyado ang pagsasabi ni Luis “Chito” Lorenzo, ang dating kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Agrikulta na nakabalik na mula sa limang taong pamamalagi sa ibang bansa, na nais niyang maging testigo ng gobyerno sa kaso ng P728 milyong fertilizer fund mess na ibinabato sa Arroyo administration.

Sa totoo lang kasi, sa ilalim ng Section 9 ng Republic Act 6981 (o ang Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act) at ng Sections 9 and 10 ng Rule 119 ng Revised Rule on Criminal Procedure, papayagan lamang ang isang tao na maging testigo ng gobyerno kung may kaso ng nakabimbin sa husgado. Sa kaso ng fertilizer scam, wala pa namang naisasampang kaso, kaya saan magiging state witness si Lorenzo?


GALIT ANG DIYOS SA MGA MAPAGSINUNGALING NA MGA LABI: At, habang nasa isyu tayo ng mga testigo, magiging maganda kung alamin natin ngayon kung ano ang sinasabi ng Bibliya, lalo na sa kanyang mga Aklat ng Kawikaan, ukol sa mga testigo at saksi, at pagte-testigo.

Naririto ang ilan sa kanila: Ang isang makakatotohanang saksi ay nagbibigay ng tapat na salaysay, subalit ang tiwaling saksi ay nagsasabi ng kasinungalingan (Kawikaan 12:17). Ang mga makakatotohanang-labi ay nabubuhay hanggang sa walang hanggan, subalit ang nagsisinungaling na dila ay nawawala kapagdaka (Kawikaan 12:19). Galit ang Diyos sa mga sinungaling, subalit nagagalak Siya sa mga taong tapat (Kawikaan 12:22).

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

One day media seminar not enough

ONE DAY MEDIA SEMINAR NOT ENOUGH: Did Malacanang think that giving its Cabinet secretaries a one-day seminar on how to “handle” media would already be sufficient to enable officials of the Aquino administration to have good relations with those working in newspapers and those in radio and TV? Of course not.

Having good relations with other people, whether from the media or not, is something that does not come from seminars, much less a one-day seminar. It comes from the natural goodness of the heart, the purposeful righteousness of the mind, and a decidedly-godly upbringing.


PNOY AND OTHER OFFICIALS MUST HEED MARK 10:43-44 OF THE BIBLE: I suggest that what President Benigno Aquino III should now endeavor to do is to give some sort of “continuing education” to his secretaries not only on how to deal with the press, but on how to deal with governance in general, and what it will take to truly serve the people well.

For starters, all officials of the land, from PNoy down to the lowliest employee of government, must read and re-read the admonition of Jesus Christ, contained in Mark 10:43-44 of the Holy Bible, which says: “anyone who wishes to lead must first become the slave of the people.” Then, they can proceed to study other parts of the Bible dealing with leaders thereafter.


FRAT VIOLENCE: EVERY MEMBER IS A FAIR GAME: Here’s an update on the indefinite suspension imposed by the University of the Philippines against its students who are members of two warring fraternities: it appears that the mauling incident perpetrated by four or five masked men inside the UP Diliman campus against a frat member was preceded by a similar mauling incident involving a member of a rival fraternity.

What revolted many in all these was that the frat member mauled by the masked men at the campus was reported to be spearheading a peace covenant among the fraternities in the state university, including his frat’s rival frat. Based on my own experience, though, whenever there is a frat war in UP, everybody becomes a fair game and subject to physical abuse.


STUDENTS ENGAGED IN VIOLENCE NO LONGER HAVE GOD IN THEIR HEARTS: Why is this happening? Many reasons have already been advanced by many quarters to explain fraternity violence, not only in the State University but in all other schools and colleges now, but nothing seems to be more compelling than the fact that many of our students nowadays engage in violence because they no longer have any strong Biblical or spiritual moorings.

Since many of these students no longer read the Bible, or are no longer given sustained spiritual teachings, they no longer view God as having the power to punish them here in this world and in eternity, that God is just another word or entity that does not have any relevance in their lives, someone who can be ignored by them. This is pathetic and dangerous at the same time.


DEATH AWAITS THOSE WHO IGNORE GOD: Romans 1:18-32 has this to say about this failure of men to acknowledge God in their lives: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men…

“…For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him… they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them… those who do such things deserve death…”


Monday, July 5, 2010

Clarifications needed re: Davide’s Truth Commission

LAWMAKERS AND FORMER PRESIDENTS ARE TO BLAME FOR FATAL ROAD ACCIDENTS: Why are there so many road accidents happening around us today, killing scores and scores of passengers and even mere innocent by-standers?

The simple reason is that our congressmen and senators and all our previous presidents were remiss in their performance of their duty as protectors of the people.

You see, in all the years that they have been in power, they talked almost about everything, but they did not see it fit to amend, modify or revise the country’s archaic laws on road accidents which do not have any capacity to send to prison any erring driver.

I am sure all of them knew that under current laws, a driver found responsible for the death of one person---or even a hundred---will be sentenced to only four years of imprisonment, which means he need not be detained because of probation. Why then did not our lawmakers and presidents do anything about this?


CLARIFICATIONS NEEDED RE: DAVIDE’S TRUTH COMMISSION: The Aquino administration must clarify immediately whether the criminal cases that many groups already filed against former President (and now Pampanga Rep.) Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should await the outcome of the investigations of Hilario Davide’s Truth Commission before they can be acted upon.

I think that, under the law, Mrs. Arroyo can ask that the criminal cases against her, directly filed with the justice department right after she stepped down from the presidency, be suspended in the meantime that the Truth Commission is still investigating her.

This is under the “prejudicial question” doctrine, which says that when the issue of the guilt of innocence of someone being accused of a crime is already being tackled in another forum, the criminal cases that have been filed against him should be suspended or held in abeyance in the interim.

In line with this, the Davide Commission must likewise clarify how much time it will take to investigate Mrs. Arroyo and the Arroyo family. It must also clarify what would be the nature of its proceedings, as well as what would be the effect of any its reports, conclusions and findings.


WEDDING AT CANA, AND MARY’S ROLE AS MEDIATOR BETWEEN MAN AND JESUS: The Bible’s account of the wedding in Cana, where Jesus turned the water into wine as narrated in John 2:1-11, now forms part of the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians as its Second Luminous Mystery (or Second Mystery of Light).

Among many Christian believers, this part of Jesus’s life is often unknown or is little heard of, although it should occupy a place of importance because, as the Bible itself in John 2:11says: “This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana, in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.”

Being the very first miracle of Jesus, it is significant to note that the Bible appears to have portrayed Him as a little hesitant in performing it, considering His refusal to do anything when Mary, His mother, first approached Him when wine had run out during the wedding banquet. Jesus told Mary: “Dear woman, why do you involve me? My time has not yet come.”

But it was only because of Mary’s persistence---she told the servants, “do as He says” even when she was already rebuffed by her Son---that Jesus relented and, as the Bible itself emphasizes, this became His first ever recorded miracle, the very first revelation of His glory.

If anything at all, therefore, this wedding totally justifies the Roman Catholic Christians’ giving of importance to Mary and calling her, among others, as the “mediatrix of all grace”.

Indeed, it is conceded that the only mediator between God and man is Jesus Christ. But, as shown by the wedding at Cana and the turning of the water into wine, Mary is the most effective mediator between Jesus and man.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Media `restless’ over PNoy’s team

PNOY SHOULD BE BOTHERED WITH MEDIA’S RESTLESSNESS WITH HIS TEAM: If I were President Benigno Aquino III, I will be greatly bothered by media’s increasing restlessness with the Malacanang team that has just been installed to help in running the affairs of the nation

To avert further deterioration of the President’s relationship with the press, he must tell Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, for instance, to go easy as it were on blaming the media as being part of the problems confronting the Aquino administration, conscious as the President and everyone should be of the great help that media gave to project him while he was still “candidate Noynoy”.

The President should also make it a point to tell all incumbent Cabinet secretaries to be more patient and understanding of media, even if many of its members are at times bellicose and too-insistent on getting the secretaries’ attention, pressured as they are for deadlines to report what is going on in this one week-old administration.


PNOY SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO PATCH UP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MEDIA AND HIS OFFICERS: If this matter is not addressed properly and seasonably, it could create an early and evidently unwanted friction between the President and the media, which is supposed to be his partner in effectively running the government, but which is fast turning out to be a formidable adversary even at this early stage of his governance.

As it is, stories are now being written and printed, published and read over radio-TV newscasts and public affairs programs, depicting the Aquino administration as a mere shadow of the Arroyo administration when it comes to efficiency and common-sense savvy in discharging presidential duties and responsibilities.

The Aquino administration is just one week old, and it certainly does not need the battering it is now receiving from those who wrote good stories about “candidate Noynoy” during the election campaign. Aquino’s officials must understand that media is a friend, not an opposition group.


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: The fourth “Glorious Mystery” in the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians is the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which deals with the taking up into heaven of Mary, body and soul.

Even among Christians though, this is a controversial issue, with many of the so-called believers outside of the Catholic faith insisting that the assumption of Mary into heaven did not happen.

But the teachings of Roman Catholic Christians point to the occurrence of the event, and Catholic popes and leaders from the 3rd century on actually cite many portions of the Bible to justify this belief.

In Wikipedia, an item on the assumption of Mary contains this explanation: “All these passages – John 14:3, Isaiah 60:13, Luke 1:28, Song of Songs 8:5, 1 Corinthians 15:21-26, Psalms 132:8, Psalms 45:9-17, Song of Songs 3:6, 4:8, 6:9, Genesis 3:15, and Revelation 12:1-2 – are drawn upon as Scriptural support of the Assumption both in that original document, and today by Catholic apologists.”

The prevailing thought is that these Biblical references show that Jesus would not have allowed His own mother to have died and her flesh to have degenerated to dust.

Also, considering Mary’s role in giving birth to the “seed” (Jesus) that will crush Satan, it is believed that the fate of Jesus in ascending to heaven body and soul is the same fate that happened to Mary.


Media, may gusot sa PNoy team

PNOY, DAPAT MABAHALA SA MAAGANG DISGUSTO NG MEDIA SA KANYANG MGA ITINALAGA: Kung ako ang Pangulong Benigno Aquino III, sasakit ang ulo ko dahil lumalaki ang problema ko sa lumalalang disgusto ng media sa mga itinalaga ko sa Gabinete sa Malacanang upang tumulong sa pagpapatakbo ng bansa.

Kaya nga upang maiwasan ang mas maigting na pagbagsak ng relasyon ng Pangulo sa mga mamamahayag, kailangang sabihan niya itong si Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro halimbawa na maghinay-hinay lamang sa paninisi sa media bilang bahagi ng mga suliranin ng Aquino administration, at alalalahanin nitong malaki ang naitulong ng media sa Pangulo noong siya ay kumakandidato pa lamang.

Kailangang sabihan din ng Pangulo ang mga nakaupo ngayon bilang mga kalihim sa Gabinete na dapat silang maging mas pasensiyoso at maunawain sa media, bagamat marami sa kanila ang madalas na tila pala-away at mataray sa kanilang mga pagpupumilit na makausap ang mga kalihim dahil na rin sa kanilang mga deadlines upang makapag-ulat sa mga nangyayari sa administrasyong ito na halos ay isang lingo pa lamang tumatakbo.


PNOY, DAPAT AYUSIN ANG GUSOT SA PAGITAN NG MEDIA AT NG KANYANG MGA ITINALAGANG OPISYALES: Kung hindi ito mareremedyuhan ng maayos habang ito ay nag-uumpisa pa lamang, maaari itong magdulot ng maaga at di-kanais-nais na gusot sa pagitan ng Pangulo at ng media, na dapat ay katuwang nito sa pagpapatakbo ng maayos sa gobyerno (pero sa ngayon ay nakikita ng nagiging mabigat na kaaway ng administrasyon).

Sa ngayon, marami na ang mga balitang naisulat, nailimbag at nabasa sa radyo at telebisyon na bumabatikos sa Aquino administration bilang anino lamang ng nakalipas na Arroyo administration kung kahusayan sa pagtatatrabaho sa Malacanang ang pag-uusapan.

Isang linggo pa lamang halos ang Aquino administration, at siguradong hindi pa nito kailangan sa ngayon ang mga pambubogbog na nararanasan na nito sa media, lalo na sa mga mamamahayag na sumulat ng mga magagandang balita ukol kay Noynoy noong kampanya. Kailangang intindihin ng mga opisyales ni Aquino na ang media ay kaibigan, hindi oposisyon.


MISTERIO SA ILAW NAG-UUMPISA SA BINYAG NI JESUS: Pagkatapos ng mga Misterio sa Tuwa sa Banal na Rosaryo ng mga Kristiyanong Romano Katoliko, sumusunod naman ang mga Misterio sa Ilaw upang isalarawan ang isa pang aspeto ng buhay ni Jesus mula sa kanyang pagbibinyag o bautismo hanggang sa Huling Hapunan.

Kung ating papansinin, ang lahat ng mga Evangelio nina Mateo, Marcos, Lucas at Juan ay naglalaman ng kuwento ng binyag o bautismo ni Jesus. Sa Mateo, makikita natin ito sa Capitulo 3, bersikulo 13 hanggang 17.

Sa Marcos naman, mababasa natin ito sa Capitulo 1, bersikulo 9 hanggang 13, samantalang sa Lucas, ang kuwento ay matatagpuan sa Capitulo 3, bersikulo 21 hanggang 22.

Sa Juan, makikita natin ang kuwentong ito sa Capitulo 1, bersikulo 29 hanggang 34, bagamat hindi kasing-liwanag ang kuwento ni Juan ukol dito kumpara sa mga naunang mga kuwento.

Magkaganunman, ang bautismo o binyag ni Jesus, na isinakatuparan ng Kanyang pinsang si Juan Bautista sa Ilog ng Jordan, ay nagpapatuloy sa pagpapatotoo sa pagiging maka-langit ni Jesus, at sa kanyang katayuan bilang Anak ng Diyos.

Sa lahat ng mga Evangeliong ito, ikinukuwento doon na matapos mabinyagan si Jesus, nagbukas ang langit at ang Espiritu Santo ay bumaba sa Kanya sa anyo ng kalapati at kidlat, kasabay ng isang tinig mula sa langit na nagsasabing “Ito ang aking Anak, na minamahal Ko. Sa Kanya, Ako ay lubos na nalulugod.”

Kung ating wawariin ang buong kasaysayan ng mundo, makikita nating walang iba pang tinawag ang Diyos bilang Kanyang Anak, na Kanyang minamahal at kinalulugdan, maliban kay Jesus.


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

PNoy, the Pinoys’ President

PNOY, THE PINOYS’ PRESIDENT: The greatest highlight of the inaugural speech of President Benigno Aquino III Wednesday, as far as I am concerned, was his deliberate identification of himself and, by express implication, of his government, with the needs and concerns of the Filipino people.

That was a master stroke, a genuinely genius strategy that will surely endear him all the more with his “boss”, who, he said in his inauguration, are the masses who literally cleaved unto him and catapulted him to the presidency with the greatest and biggest number of votes ever for a Philippine president.

For the first time, our countrymen heard a president who is undergoing whatever they are undergoing, experiences the same inconveniences the people are experiencing, and who, because of this first-hand knowledge of what the people are going through, can respond directly and more effectively. Indeed, PNoy is now the Pinoys’ president.

All of us must therefore pray to God the Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth that the country’s 15th president will not be sidetracked from this direction and that coupled with a sincere desire to govern using God’s Word, guidance and direction, his promises to transform this nation and our people will be achieved in the next years.


PNOY GETS A FIRM GRIP OF THE NEEDS OF FILIPINOS: Of course, there were references to the legacy of his mother, President Cory Aquino, and of his father and namesake, Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., in pursuing his task as chief executive, but it is undeniable that President Noynoy himself appears to have already obtained, this early, a firm grip of what Filipinos wanted for themselves, at least in their ordinary, day to day living.

He knows for instance that many of our countrymen no longer want the “tong” system to continue (or the system of paying or bribing government authorities for an easy way out of a transaction or problem), so President Noynoy says there is no more “tong” in any transaction under his administration.

He knows, too, that our countrymen are sick and tired of privileges bandied about by the high and mighty, most especially in the use of sirens and alarms (or “wang-wangs” as we refer to them), and in allowing traffic counterflows or stopping other motorists just to enable the privileged individual easy travel, so he has stopped all of these altogether.

Many would think the presidency should no longer be involved in mundane matters like this, but I understand the concern of the President to show an immediate impact on our countrymen, by a change in behavioral patterns most exposed to the public’s view. This is good, if you ask me.


PRESENTATION OF THE CHILD JESUS AT THE TEMPLE: The fourth Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary, as prayed by devout Roman Catholic Christians worldwide, pertains to the presentation of the Child Jesus at the Temple, a story that is found in Luke 2:21 to 40 of the Bible.

At first glance, the account of how Jesus was presented at the Temple seemed to indicate concern merely for the completion of the then existing purification process for males as mandated by the law of Moses, but, when one looks closer, it becomes apparent that this story of the presentation is actually another Biblical confirmation about who Jesus really is and what He is destined to do.

Thus, we can see two individuals, one man (the righteous and devout Simeon) and one woman (the prophetess Anna, then 84 years of age), prophesying about Jesus as Someone who will cause the rise and fall of many in Israel, and as Someone who will redeem God’s people.

Simeon in particular confirmed that he had received a revelation that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. When Simeon saw Jesus, the Holy Spirit came over him, and he said he was ready to die in peace, since he already saw the Lord.

Anna on the other hand who was widowed after being married for only seven years, spent the rest of her life, until she was 84 years old, worshipping, fasting and praying at the temple. When she saw Jesus, she spoke about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

Monday, June 28, 2010

What is Makati City Rep. Locsin up to?

THE JAMES-KRIS BREAK-UP COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED: The James Yap-Kris Aquino break-up sure looks to be something that could have been prevented from happening, if only the parties involved tried to bite their lips harder when they were quarelling and having a spat.

As it is, Filipino husbands and wives---and this includes James and Kris, obviously---do not really know how to control emotions and, worst of all, their tounges in times of trouble, saying many things that would scar them forever, even if they did not really mean what have been said.

Perhaps, Filipino husbands and wives---and this again includes James and Kris---should try to read what the Bible says about controlling the tounge, and thereby profit from it immensely.


JAMES 3:3-12 OF THE BIBLE SAYS WE MUST CONTROL OUR TOUNGES: The Bible, in its James 3:3-12, has this to say about controlling the tounge: “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

“All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.

“Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water....”


WHAT IS REP. LOCSIN UP TO IN DISCREDING THE MAY ELECTIONS?Just what is former Makati City Rep. Teodoro “Boy” Locsin up to, in his recent remarks that theMay 2010 elections was marred by fraud and cheating, and that he would oppose the use of automation in the coming elections if loopholes in the computerized system are not remedied?

Surely, an accusation coming from him that the recent political exercise was tainted by computerized fraud can only raise doubts about the election of President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay, and all those who have been proclaimed by the Commission on Elections and are starting their terms now.

Is Locsin saying that President Aquino should not be allowed to assume the presidency because the election in which he was voted upon lacks credibility?

Is he not the same Locsin that served President Aquino’s own mother in 1986 to 1992? Why is he trying to discredit the electoral exercise that allowed the son to follow in the footsteps of the mother that Locsin also served?


Sunday, June 27, 2010

P-Noy must invite ex-presidents and ex-presidentiables

P-NOY SHOULD INVITE EX-PRESIDENTS AND 2010 PRESIDENTIABLES TO INAUGURAL: I do not know if it is too late for this, but I am urgently and earnestly proposing that all former presidents of this country who are still around---President Ramos, President Estrada and President Arroyo---and all the presidential candidates in the 2010 elections, should be invited to attend the inauguration of President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay on June 30, 2010, and then to regularly meet with them thereafter.

Regardless of political leanings and regardless of the acrimonious fight that characterized the 2010 electoral exercise, these former presidents and former presidentiables owe it to God, country and people, especially at this point in our national history, to shed off partisanship and divisiveness and aspire for unity so that, for once, the good of this country will be the overriding agenda of all leaders in the next six years.

Yes, there will be differences about what is good for the country and the people, and there will be differences about what course of action to take to achieve this good, but I am sure that a constant, regular, and open dialogue among all these leaders, initiated by President Aquino at least once a month, will go a long way in solidifying even our leaders and countrymen under one direction---to help this nation become great again.


AGRA SHOULD STOP RESOLVING PENDING CASES: I laud outgoing Justice SecretaryAlberto Agra for his last-minute efforts to expedite the resolution of criminal cases that have remained unresolved through the years with the Department of Justice National Prosecution Service, for indeed, justice delayed is still justice denied.

But then, if these cases could be resolved in the “last two minutes” of Agra’s term through a determined push, how come he did not resolve them when there was still plenty of time upon his appointment?

As it is, many of his own prosecutors and many lawyers practicing at the DOJ, are of the presumption that what Agra is doing is issue “midnight resolutions”, for one reason or another. I believe he should stop what he is doing now, and allow his successor to resolve the cases


VISIT OF MARY TO ELIZABETH CONFIRMS BLESSINGS TO MARY: “Visitation” is what Roman Catholic Christians call the second mystery in the Mysteries of Joy (or Joyful Mysteries) of the Holy Rosary, and it is an account of Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus, visiting her ageing but pregnant cousin Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, just after Mary had an encounter with Gabriel, the Angel of God.

The account of the “Visitation” is narrated in Luke 1:39 to 45 of the Bible, and there we will see that upon Mary’s arrival at the house of Elizabeth and Zechariah, the baby which was in the womb of Elizabeth leaped inside her, with the Holy Spirit coming down upon mother and baby.

In a loud voice, Elizabeth exclaimed to Mary: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear”, confirming Mary’s status as someone blessed by God, as well as the holy status of her child.