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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness…” (James 3:17-18, the Holy Bible).

WILL PACQUIAO STILL DO THE SIGN OF THE CROSS IN HIS FIGHTS? After involving himself with a sleazy controversy over same sex unions, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is sure to be embroiled once more in another equally-devastating issue: that of doing the sign of the Cross, and wearing the Holy Rosary beads, two things which the Catholic faithful do, and which have become the hallmark of almost all of his previous fights.

The question now is: with Pacquiao being currently mentored by a Born Again Christian pastor, Jeric Soriano, will he still wear his Holy Rosary beads up to and before the fight, and will he still do the sign of the Cross before slugging it out with unbeaten American champion Tim Bradley, as he used to do?

I am raising this question because under the Born Again Christian sect, members are not allowed to do the sign of the Cross and are no longer allowed to have Rosary beads and to pray the Holy Rosary. Although Pacquiao is still being publicly quoted as saying he is still a Catholic, his association with Born Again pastors is fast removing him from Catholicism.

INC LOBBYING FOR CORONA: TRUE OR FALSE? The publicity about the supposed lobbying of the politically-powerful Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) to secure the acquittal of Chief Justice Renato Corona is quite interesting.

If the lobbying is indeed true (and this still needs to be verified), I am sure that the religious group did not violate any law, for it is the right of anyone, may he be a single individual or may it be a group, to express their thoughts on anything. It is a Constitutionally-guaranteed right---coming under the mantle of the freedom of expression.

And after all, other religious groups have already made known their similar preferences over the impeachment trial. But then, there is something sinister in the way the supposed INC lobbying is being pictured in the press: it is being manipulated to make it appear as a dark design, evidently to picture both Corona and the INC in a bad light, to give the impression that they are doing something wrong.

Now, who could be interested in derailing the support of a powerful group like the INC for a beleaguered official like Corona? Only Corona’s enemies, of course, or those who do not want the INC helping the Chief Justice. Surely, in the minds of these enemies, coming out in the press with stories about INC lobbying would somehow stop the efforts to help Corona.

AN ALTERNATIVE IN FILIPINO EDUCATION: Cagayan Rep. Jackie Enrile is right: adding two more years to the country’s basic education program is not a sure-fire guarantee that we will have better education for our children. Certainly, during the times of our grandparents, many of them did not even reach college and yet they managed to be more proficient in English and in many other basic things!

If Enrile cares to listen, here is an alternative in Filipino education: structure the country’s educational system in a way that will better prepare the Filipino youth. How to do this? We must learn from the Bible’s Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4 and Deuteronomy 6:4-9, for starters. If we follow the admonitions of these Biblical verses, I am sure our children will have a better future in a better country under a better system.


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