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PRESIDENTIAL BET CONTESTS DISQUALIFICATION: Born Again Bishop Norberto Lacierna Mercado is formally contesting the recommendation of the law department of the Commission on Elections to disqualify him from the presidential race in May 2010 with a “verified opposition” he hopes to file on Monday, December 21, 2009.
Mercado furnished me with a copy of his five-page opposition, which he himself prepared and signed, and which contained his arguments why the recommendation against him violated the 1987 Constitution, and which, further, in the spirit of truth and transparency, I am reproducing here in its pertinent parts, thus:
“First. There is a need to deny the recommendation of the Law Department insofar as the undersigned/above-named presidential candidate is concerned, and to allow the candidacy of the undersigned/above-named presidential candidate to continue.
“The fact is that, there is no other judge of the qualification and the competence of a candidate (for any position for that matter) except the Filipino people themselves, and so it is they that must decide ultimately on the said qualification and competence...
NO GROUND TO DISQUALIFY PRESIDENTIABLE: “Second. Be that as it may, what is highly significant in the records of this Honorable Commission is the fact that the undersigned run for a public office only once before, in 2001.
“While he was disqualified by this Commission likewise in 2001, the undersigned contested that earlier disqualification before the Supreme Court, where the high tribunal ruled that it was the Comelec which has the primary right to determine who should be qualified or disqualified as candidates.
“It is not true therefore that the undersigned had been filing certificates of candidacy “in almost every national election despite the denial thereof, time and time again...”
“This ground cannot be therefore used to disqualify the undersigned from running as president in the May 2010 elections...”
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.
Significantly, these words of Elizabeth are now enshrined in the Holy Rosary where the faithful intone: “Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”
What is more, the greeting in that prayer, “hail Mary, full of grace”, is the very same greeting that Mary got from Gabriel, the Angel of God, when it was announced to her that she will be with a child who will be called Jesus (Luke 1:28).
Elizabeth then confirmed the blessings that would come to anyone who believes in God, when she said to Mary: “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished…”
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