COMPUTER EXPERT WARNS: POLL CHEATING STILL POSSIBLE: Yes, Engr. Jun Lozada, cheating and manipulation of the results of the May 2010 computerized elections can still possibly happen, but, no, it is not going to be in the source code of the computers, nor in the software or any other aspect of programming for the automated machines.
According to a computer expert who came to personally see me the other week, if ever anyone wanted to cheat and ensure victory in the May 2010 elections for any position (not just the presidency or the vice presidency), they will not tamper with the source code, nor with the software or any other aspect of computer programming, for those can be easily detected, verified, and thereafter corrected.
There is one other way to cheat, and it is apparently fool-proof: almost impossible to detect, can be smoothly carried out, and can result in a “dagdag-bawas” situation using computers and the other automated machines, the computer expert told me.
How can this cheating, resulting in a computerized “dagdag-bawas” situation, happen? Read how (or at least the explanation on the matter of the expert), in this same column, in our succeeding issues. Don’t dare miss this exciting piece of information.
ARROYO’S HOLD OVER PRESIDENCY, LEGALLY ALLOWED: I don’t know whether I should be happy or what, but my opinion in earlier columns that President Arroyo can continue being president even after May 2010 has just been confirmed and affirmed, as it were, by no less than former Supreme Court Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban Jr.
In his column at the Inquirer on Sunday, January 31, 2010, Panganiban wrote, in so many words, that indeed Arroyo can be a “hold-over” president, in the event of a failure of elections (which may happen for one reason or another), which was exactly what I had been writing about and contrary to what the other so-called Constitutionalists have been bandying about in various media fora.
With Panganiban’s learned disquisition on the legality of an Arroyo hold-over presidency, I am emboldened, once more, to predict: Arroyo will remain president of the Philippines after May 2010, and this is going to happen because it has a very sound Biblical basis, as far as my reading of the Bible goes.
Of course, many have already reacted to my earlier columns on this matter, saying that my Bible maybe a different Holy Book from the Bible of Christians worldwide and that my Bible maybe based on graft and corruption, abuse and plunder.
I don’t really mind, but let me reiterate: if you will read the Christian Bible more closely, Arroyo’s continuing with her presidency is clearly written there.
QUESTIONS FOR BOSS DANDING: Former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, chairman of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and “The Boss” of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), must know something many Filipinos don’t, perhaps in the same fashion as Vice President Noli De Castro’s knowing something many of us don’t know either.
I mean, if Boss Danding really wants to continue the leadership and dominance of SMC in Philippine business and, by extension, the “relevance” of NPC in Philippine politics, there is no way for him to avoid supporting a presidential candidate in the May 2010 elections, as one of his sons is saying.
The undeniable truth is that, in the Philippines as elsewhere, one can only become a “big businessman” if he has become a “big politician”, and one can only be a “big politician” if he is also a “big businessman”. Being big in business means being big in politics and being big in politics means being big in business.
In the Philippines as elsewhere, the only way to protect one’s business, especially one as highly profitable as SMC, is to continue being in politics, in the way that NPC is doing it.
So, if, suddenly, we hear that Boss Danding isn’t supporting any presidential candidate at this point, which means, in any language, he is giving up being big in politics, does this mean that the Boss is also ready to give up being big in business? This is exciting, to say the least.
CORONATION OF MARY: The “Coronation of the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth” is the fifth “Glorious Mystery” in the Holy Rosary of Roman Catholic Christians, and, despite attempts by non-believers to discredit this aspect of Mary’s life, Catholics continue to hold on to it as part of their Christian faith.
Catholic leaders justify their belief about the coronation of Mary as the “Queen of Heaven and Earth” in the following manner: “(Mary) is the Mother of the Son of God, who is the messianic King. Mary is the Mother of Christ, the Word incarnate...Elizabeth greeted the Blessed Virgin, pregnant with Jesus, as `the Mother of my Lord.’ [Luke 1:41-43]
“She is the perfect follower of Christ. The maid of Nazareth consented to God's plan; she journeyed on the pilgrimage of faith; she listened to God's word and kept it in her heart; she remained steadfastly in close union with her Son, all the way to the foot of the cross; she persevered in prayer with the Church.
“Thus in an eminent way she won the `crown of righteousness,’ [See 2 Timothy 4:8] the `crown of life,’ [See James 1:12; Revelation 2:10] the `crown of glory’ [See 1 Peter 5:4] that is promised to those who follow Christ…."
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