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Double-talk on 2016 run; error in Pacquiao oath

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law…” (Romans 13:8, the Holy Bible).

GEMS OF EVERYDAY LIVING: There was a time when kissing the hands of the elderly and anyone who was older was mandatory, to show respect to the person whose hands are being kissed. Now, this seems to be one of the many forgotten Filipino traditions, either because the younger generation no longer feel compelled to show respect to the old, or the old have become too feeble to enforce respect through kissing of hands.

Whatever be the reason for this, kissing of hands is actually much more than showing respect, and we are missing so much because we have set this practice aside. It is actually a tradition that dates back to Biblical times, especially during the time of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, and was meant to give blessings, heal any sickness and to ask the Holy Spirit to come.

In Luke 4:39-41 of the Bible, this account can be read: “… At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, `You are the Son of God!’…” In Acts 8:17: “… Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit…”

ERROR IN PACQUIAO OATHTAKING? There is something gravely wrong in the Internet and Facebook pictures which show Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao taking his oath as a new PDP Laban member: Pacquiao took the oath with his left hand, while PDP Laban President, Sen. Koko Pimentel, administered the oath with his left hand too.

Of course, the pictures may have been printed on their reverse side because, during the actual oath taking the right hands were the ones raised by the two, but shouldn’t have PDP Laban officials been more careful in posting the pictures of the event? As published, the pictures not only look funny, they even project a sinister image which seems to say, the oath taking was not seriously undertaken. Naku!!!

SEMINAR FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDERS: Now that more and more Metro Manila residents are using motorcycles as a means of daily transportation, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in particular and the government as a whole should endeavor not only to provide lanes exclusively devoted for their use, but make sure that riders are properly attired and secured with helmets, and, likewise, are possessed with the proper mental set while traveling.

As it is, many motorcyclists seem to be too daredevilish, cutting in and out of lanes, and acting as if they are even spiteful of car-driving motorists. This is the reason why many who are using motorcycles are killed when accidents happen. Some kind of a seminar must be conducted before anyone is allowed to drive motorcycles, to warn them of the perils of haphazard motorcycle driving.

DOUBLE TALK ON 2016 RUN: The denial which Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas made as far as his presidential run in 2016 is concerned was just a mere repetition of what another Filipino politician by the name of Gloria Arroyo did in 2003. It was therefore not very original, and his colatilla that he is, despite his denial, making himself subject to his party’s wishes, is a dead give-away that he is running.

With due respect to Mar, this kind of a double talk is precisely the reason why many politicians are not trusted anymore by the Filipino people. The point is, why deny his presidential ambition, when everybody knows he wants to be president? As it is, the gods may yet hear him, and take his word as true, and prevent him from running again, like in 2010. That is the problem, for Roxas can really become a good president.

by Atty. batas Mauricio




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