Monday, June 21, 2010

The truth in the Yusoph kidnapping

WHAT IS THE TRUTH IN THE YUSOPH KIDNAPPING? I hope the authorities handling the kidnapping of Nuraldin Yusoph, the son of Commissioner Elias Yusoph of the Commission on Elections, and the good commissioner himself, would be more circumspect and careful in giving out information about the event, so that the public will not be confused.

Pardon the strong language here, but then, who would ever believe the yarn that the kidnapping was made to force Commissioner Yusoph to nullify the election results in the towns of Malabang, Pilong, Taraka and Masiu in Lanao Del Sur?

Even a grade one pupil in our elementary schools would know that Yusoph, alone by himself, cannot nullify any of the results in any town in Lanao del Sur or in any other area where he was the commissioner-in-charge. That would need a collegial decision of the entire poll body.

Now, I am imploring all those involved in this sordid incident: please tell us the truth about this abduction, no matter where it would lead us, no matter how it hurts. It is time that we be truthful, if not to the Filipino people, then to God the Almighty creator of the heavens and the earth.


PRESIDENT AQUINO’S MEDIA TEAM SHOULD MONITOR COMMENTS NOW: Perhaps, the media team of President Benigno Aquino III should now try to monitor radio programs dealing with news and public affairs and do something about the spate of negative commentaries that are now being sent to the media through text messaging or other modes which, indubitably, seems to indicate an erosion of the public’s fascination over Noynoy.

As I was writing this column, I chanced upon Karen Golfo (the now famous partner of the venerable Joe Taruc of DZRH, in their program “Damdaming Bayan”) reading a text message presumably, where Noynoy is pictured as creating division instead of unity among officials in government and even among the public.

What is more, this kind of a commentary seems to have become pervasive, because even in the programs of other broadcasters or anchormen in other stations, similar messages are now being publicly aired, and Noynoy has not even started his term yet!

The media team of the President must do something to counteract these commentaries, because if left unchecked, they could really escalate and could render the Aquino administration ineffective without really trying.


BIBLE TRIVIA, PART VIII: THE FIRST COMMANDS GIVEN BY GOD TO MAN: Do you know that God, after creating the first man and woman, gave well-defined commands that they must follow? Here are the commands, in the order that they were given, according to Genesis 1:28-30, and 2:16 of the Holy Bible.

The first command (Genesis 1:28): be fruitful, increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it, rule over the fist of the sea and the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

The second command (Genesis 1:29): eat only seed-bearing plants and every tree that has fruit with seed on it. The third command (Genesis 2:16): eat from any tree in the garden, but do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when man will eat from that tree, he will surely die.

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