Thursday, January 7, 2010

Noynoy must answer raps of detractors

SEN. NOYNOY MUST ANSWER ACCUSATIONS AGAINST HIM BY DETRACTORS: Election fever is starting to really grip the Philippines, and all sorts of propaganda, for or against a candidate, especially the frontrunners for the presidency, are flying thick and thin, and are raining down like cats and dogs.

It will be up to us to choose which to believe.

But then, the candidates subject of negative propaganda must try to answer the accusations against them, lest their silence be interpreted to mean as acceptance of what is being imputed to them, and this is precisely the advice I have for Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III.

Since September 2009, there is an email going the rounds of different Internet e-groups, allegedly coming from one “Papi”, which lists down reasons why he, Papi, will not vote for Sen. Aquino. From where I sit, just to set the record straight, Noynoy must answer the charges, some of which are the following:

(1) His mediocre performance as congressman and a senator, and as a statesman in general. When you think of Noynoy, what really comes into your mind as far as his legislative performance is concerned? Nada. Mar Roxas has Cheaper Medicines Act to boast for; Gibo is a bar topnotcher; Villar has a classic rags-to-riches story.


“CLOSENESS TO NINOY NOT A GUARANTEE OF GOOD GOVERNANCE”: “But Noynoy? He is just the son of Ninoy and Cory, and nothing more — which brings me to my next reason why I will not vote for him.

(2) He may be a son of Ninoy, but along with this feudalistic heritage is the Hacienda Luisita issue — wait, Hacienda Luisita Massacre (Google it!). I have no doubts in Ninoy’s capacity to lead the nation (he’s one of my idols, in fact).

“But look at what happened when we thought someone close to Ninoy will be a good replacement (Cory, that is): power shortage, coup attempts, executive-legislative deadlocks, CARP which didn’t apply to the Cojuangcos by the way, and of course, the Mendiola and Hacienda Luisita massacres. Yeah, massacres...

(3) His messianic complex (…a messiah complex is a state of mind in which the individual believes he/she is, or is destined to become, a savior). He is saying this is a battle of good and evil, and of course, he is the `good’ part of that equation. (Review #2 above.)

“If the 2010 election is a battle between something and something, well, it is at most a battle of evils and lesser evils. (Unless of course Willie Revillame joins the presidential race, in which case, this would become a battle among evils, lesser evils, and a comedian.)


GIVE ACCORDING TO WHAT ONE HAS: This is the final part of the article being circulated in the Internet by one “Bernardo Padua” (paduabd@drive, on why we should give financial and other material support to workers of God:

“{9} For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. {10} And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.

“{11} Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. {12} For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

In Romans 12:6-8 Paul talks about the different gifts and one of these is contributing to the needs of others - with the command 'let him give generously'. (Rom 12:6-8 NIV) We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.

“{7} If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; {8} if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully....”


PRAYING OF THE ROSARY IS BIBLE BASED: Roman Catholic Christians practice the praying of the Holy Rosary, which is something that is balked at by others who believe in Christianity on the argument that praying the Rosary is paganistic in origin.

I did some reading on the matter, and indeed, there is nothing in the Holy Bible that says Christians should pray the Rosary, as there is even no mention of the Rosary in any pages of that Book.

But when one looks at the mysteries of the Rosary, one begins to understand that whoever conceived and thought of this prayer, dedicated to Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ, actually was following the examples of many leaders of the Christian faith, enshrined in many pages of the Bible, where they resort to repeating the history of the Israelites, from their exodus to their arrival at the Promised Land, as a means to strengthen their faith.

Just look at the story of Gideon, in Judges 6 and 7 of the Bible, and you will see what I mean. Before Gideon finally relented to be used as God’s chosen one to deliver his people from the Midianites who were causing them sufferings, he had to recount Israel’s story all over again.

This is what is happening when a Roman Catholic prays the Rosary: he is actually repeating a tried and tested tradition of Christian leaders, for he is reminded of the full and entire story of Christ, from the announcement of his birth by the Angel Gabriel to his Ascention to Heaven, taken directly from the Bible itself.


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