GIBO TEODORO POLE-VAULTING TO NUMBER ONE: Furious and tireless campaigning all throughout the country even during the holidays, and an awesome willingness to go through a punishing campaign schedule where he should be enjoying the yuletide season with his family, are now paying off for former Defense Secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.
From being the tail-ender in surveys for May 2010 presidentiables just before the Christmas season, he has literally pole-vaulted as the number one choice of readers of the 109 year-old newspaper, the Manila Bulletin, which is conducting an online survey of preferences for presidential candidates.
Sarangani Gov. Migz Dominguez, the current president of Lakas-Kampi-CMD where Gibo is the standard bearer, says Gibo’s awareness that he must exert more effort to make Filipino voters know him more and his platform of governance and programs of government is causing him to campaign real hard, much harder in fact than his competitors.
The result of the Manila Bulletin survey confirms that, once the voters get to know who Teodoro is and what he has to offer to the country once he becomes president, more of them will be convinced to vote for him come election time.
JINGGOY SHOULD BE MORE CAREFUL IN HIS STATEMENTS: Somebody should tell Senate Pro Tempore Sen. Jinggoy Estrada to be more careful in issuing statements about the current standing of his father, former President Joseph Estrada, in political surveys leading to the May 2010 elections.
Instead of helping the older Estrada’s chances, Jinggoy’s latest tirade---about the capacity of the former chief executive to overtake the lead now being enjoyed by Sen. Benigno Aquino III should the disqualification case against him be resolved in his favour---will pull the old man down all the more.
Why, if I were a supporter of President Estrada, Jinggoy’s statement would douse my interest to continue supporting him because, evidently, it shows that even Estrada’s closest relatives are entertaining doubts whether he can really run or not.
If there is no assurance that Estrada can hurdle the disqualification case against him, as Jinggoy portrayed quite eloquently although he intended to show otherwise, many Estrada supporters would think twice of continuing to support him and would instead look for other candidates who will not be disqualified and who will have better chances of winning.
I guess that Estrada’s camp should allow just one spokesman to speak for the former President, and that is a job that former Sen. Ernesto Maceda is quite capable of handling---or, is there now a doubt about this matter likewise?
PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER ROW JUST A PROPAGANDA GIMMICK? I do not wish to be a kill-joy among many fans of Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and American star Floyd Mayweather Jr., but I believe that all these talk about the March 2010 fight between the two being cancelled are nothing but pure propaganda gimmick.
Considering the very big prizes that await both Pacquiao and Mayweather, the promoters of their fight should do everything to assure the greatest of interest in the bout, if they are to be able to deliver those prizes and still make a money for themselves.
And what better way to assure interest in the fight than the possibility that it is not going to push through? Even the Pacquiao threat to file a court case against Mayweather and his father for raising claims that the Pinoy boxing icon has taken steroids in the past to assure his victory in previous fights, while it may push through, will merely be a part of the gimmick here.
Expect the fight to go on, therefore, but then I am afraid that Pacquiao will have to be extra careful, particularly in protecting his right ear which Brazilian Miguel Cotto smashed during their own bout.
Pacquiao’s doctors must make sure that that ear of the Filipino champion has already healed before March 2010, because if I were Mayweather, I know exactly where to hit Pacquiao to nail him down.
RESURRECTION OF JESUS, AS FIRST GLORIOUS MYSTERY: After the “Sorrowful Mysteries”, the “Glorious Mysteries” in the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians follow. The “Glorious Mysteries” constitute the last batch of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.
The first of the so called “Glorious Mysteries” is the “Resurrection of Jesus”, and long accounts of it are contained in Matthew 28:1 to 20, Mark 16:1 to 20, Luke 24:1 to53, and John 20 and 21.
All of these Gospels say that Mary Magdalene and another woman went to the place where Jesus was entombed, after his crucifixion and death, and found that His body was no longer there.
Then, an angel of the Lord appeared, and told the women that Jesus has risen, as He prophesied about Himself, and was in fact going to Galilee, to meet His disciples.
Shortly after this and in many other incidents thereafter, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples, allowing them to touch His wounds, even eating with them, and, finally, giving them the Great Commission: to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus likewise ordered His disciples to teach the nations to obey everything that He taught and commanded the disciples, assuring them that He will be with them, to the very end of the age.