SENATORIABLE POPULAR AMONG VOTERS: Raul Lambino, a lawyer who became famous principally because of his almost-singlehanded pursuit of effecting amendments to the 1987 Constitution via the so-called “people’s initiative” one or two years ago, believes that, by the grace of God, he will easily win in his bid to become a senator of the Republic during the May 2010 elections.
Interviewed live on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, over BATAS INTERNET TV and BATAS INTERNET RADIO at the program “Batas Media Reports”, Lambino said he is amazed that anywhere he goes now, people mob him, treating him like he is a movie star, to the extent that some are even asking for his autographs and requesting that he be photographed with them.
Lambino, the only Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial candidate who comes from the vote-rich province of Pangasinan, told me that this might be because of his involvement in past efforts to amend the Constitution which brought him in direct contact with many people from around the country, as well as in his having engaged in public service lawyering almost everywhere in the Philippines.
This is a sign that Filipinos have become aware of what a “Senator Lambino” can do if he is elected senator this May, the lawyer added.
LAMBINO’S “ABAKADA NG PAGBABAGO”: Here are excerpts from Raul Lambino’s interview, featuring concepts from his website, raullambino.com, on the matter of his legislative priorities and platform of governance, which he has captioned “ABAKADA ng Pagbabago”.
“Change begins with you. The choice is yours to make. You can choose a candidate who can entertain with smooth talk, or a candidate with a clear vision of what needs to be done. You have the ability to transform your life and help transform the country—- and it all begins with your very own power of choice. Let the change begin—within!
“Bayan, higit sa lahat. We only have one country. Pangunahin nating tungkulin ang pangalagaan ito at ang kapakanang pambansa. Kabataan: We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Dapat tayo mamuhunan sa ating kabataan.
“Demokrasya: A hungry Filipino is not a free Filipino. Hindi ganap ang kalayaan kung marami sa ating mga kababayan ang hindi nakakaahon mula sa pagkagutom, pangamba at karukhaan.
GOOD LUCK, SENATOR LAMBINO: “Edukasyon: When we open a school door, we close down a prison cell. Ang karunungan ay kayamanang hindi kailanman mananakaw. Our educational philosophy must consist of producing the right kind of graduates for jobs here and abroad.
“Gamot at Kalusugan: Health is the first of all liberties. Ang karapatan sa abot-kayang gamot at gamutan ay di dapat ipinagkakait ninuman. Hustisyang Panlipunan: There is no honorable peace where there is no social justice.
“Dapat makilahok ang karaniwang mamayan sa pagpapasya sa pulitika at ekonomiya upang mawasak ang diskriminasyon. Impormasyon: Information Technology (IT) is the great equalizer! Dahil sa makabagong teknolohiya, ang impormasyon ay nasa dulo na ng daliri ng bawat Filipino. Let us harness the power of IT to empower Filipinos.
“Lupa at Sakahan: True agrarian reform does not stop at land acquisition and distribution. It must improve the lives of our small farmers, and increase agricultural productivity. Makakamtan na rin ng magsasaka ang tunay na biyayang hatid ng lupa....”
Well, then, good luck “Senator” Raul Lambino. Godspeed!
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.
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