JUN YASAY, VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: If there is something exciting about the May 2010 elections after the lapse of the December 1, 2009 deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy, it is the entry of lawyer Perfecto Yasay Jr. as a vice presidential candidate under the banner of the Bangon Pilipinas Party of Bro. Eddie Villanueva.
I say exciting because, in the very short time that I became associated with Jun (as Yasay is called by friends and associates nationwide and worldwide), I learned that, as compared with the others presently aspiring for the second highest position of the land, he is the only one who can honestly claim to be a man of God who can be expected to follow His will all the time.
While his opponents for the vice presidential position have already proven themselves to be adept at sliming into compromises that most often completely disregard God’s commands and decrees as they are thinking only of themselves, Jun Yasay has already shown that he has the personal courage and the spiritual integrity to uphold God in his decisions, even if it meant great personal sacrifices and danger to himself and his loved ones.
If you ask me and anyone else who reads his Bible and understands that most, if not all, of the problems bedevilling the Philippines now have very strong Biblical and spiritual dimensions, the desire and the willingness of a man of God, like Jun Yasay, to serve through an elective position already constitutes a divine blessing for all of us.
YASAY: “I WILL WIN, BY THE HELP OF GOD”: Yasay believes he can win and become the country’s vice president after the May 2010 polls, and this he can do through God’s direction.
He says he has once again placed himself in the hands of God in this third foray of his into politics, agreeing to run as vice president under Bro. Eddie Villanueva only after much praying and reflection.
“I am offering myself as a choice,” Yasay said, explaining that among those running for the vice presidency, he is the only one who grew up under the tutelage of a pastor from a Christian denomination (his father, Perfecto Sr.) and of a public school teacher (his mother), both of whom endeavoured to teach him to be righteous and morally upright all the time.
The choice is actually clear for the electorate, he said. “If they want the scions of political families or popular personalities to win even if what they have is only their names, as they have not really done anything substantial yet for the people, then it is up to the people,” Yasay added.
He said he will campaign under what he said is the “5-5-5” principle: five people who believe in what Yasay represents should recruit five other people who, in turn, will likewise recruit five more people, and so forth and so on down the line.
BATAS PARTY LIST, PART II: Here is the second instalment of an article I wrote earlier about the BATAS Party List, or the Bagong Alyansang Tagapagtaguyod ng Adhikaing Sambayanan:
“Even now, no real increase in salaries and wages of workers from the private and public sectors have been given, with no one but no one from the three departments of government lifting a finger to do anything.
“Even now, justice remains elusive and totally unreachable for many litigants who cannot afford even a free legal aid lawyer, what with rising costs of filing cases and prosecuting them in court.
“Even now, workers fail to get benefits due them from the Social Security System or the Government Service Insurance System, simply because their employers or superior officers fail, wittingly or unwittingly, to remit SSS and GSIS contributions already deducted from their pay checks....”
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LAST SUPPER AND THE INSTITUTION OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST: The fifth and last mystery in the Mysteries of Light (or the Luminous Mysteries) of the Holy Rosary of Roman Catholic Christians is the “Institution of the Holy Eucharist through the Last Supper”, an event which is now being used as basis for the Catholics’ claim that Jesus Christ is present in all Catholic masses around the world.
Found in Matthew 26:17-29, Mark 14:12-25 and Luke 22:7-20, the story about the Last Supper contains an order from Jesus, which is significant as it is unique: “do this in remembrance of me”.
The question of course is: why would Jesus tell his disciples, who were having the Last Supper with Him, to break bread and drink wine “in remembrance of me” or “in memory of me”?
There could only be one answer and here lies the significance and the uniqueness of the Last Supper: Jesus wanted all those who believe in Him to remember Him every time they partook of food and drinks, to remember that all the grace and blessings that come to them who eat and drink actually come from the benevolence of God.
And since everything comes from the benevolence of God, we should always be thankful to Him, and recognize that without Him, we are nothing and we have nothing, and that whatever we are eating and drinking represents Jesus, so that Jesus actually is with us all the time.
Finally, the order of Jesus to break bread and drink wine “in remembrance of me” actually asks all of us to remember that Jesus allowed His body and blood to be offered for the forgiveness of our sins, thereby confirming that He is not only God, but our Savior.