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Noynoy: You either love him or hate him

May 11, 2010 Leave a comment
Supporters of Noynoy Aquino have had to endure a lot of bashing from the supporters of the other candidates since the start of the campaign period.  The counting will end very soon, and with 85% of the precincts checking in (as of this writing) and with a 4.8 million lead, it’s not the supporters of the other candidates that will see their candidate enter Malacanang.
 
Are people so afraid that Noynoy will not do anything right?  That seems to be the general impression, that he’s such a good for nothing and now that he’s in power, he will screw things up big time.  And we hear all this conjecture before he even starts his term.  How cynical.  If it helps to allay anyone’s concerns that Noynoy doesn’t pull his own weight, why doesn’t anyone check his congressional track record?  People claim that he’s done nothing, but the record actually shows otherwise.  Sure, I’ll grant that Gordon and others have done so much more (yes, I recognize that); still, Noynoy did do his job and try to effect change.
 
I wonder if most people would feel comfortable if Estrada won this election.  Noynoy is more than a "better than nothing to fight Erap" option.  You cannot compare him to Erap because he has done what he was supposed to do as a legislator, and he will do the right thing as president. 
 
More than that, what sets Noynoy apart, what makes him my president, is that for me he has the strength of moral character to remain on the path of righteousness, just like his father and mother.  Granted further that no one is perfect, not even Ninoy and Cory, still, we need a leader like him with this characteristic at this point in time in our country.  I don’t feel we can get the same from the other candidates — but that’s not to say that they don’t have any!  I just feel that at this point they’re not the best symbol of a leader having it.  I’m not confident that they can unite and lead our people in the moral path that we must take in the way that Noynoy can do.
I believe this is what 40% of our electorate also feels.  Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.  No, my friend!  That was the case for EDSA 3, but not so here.  We fight for a leader who represents the change we need and who has the high moral characteristics we need in our country.
You can condemn my president as much as you want, but the fact remains that right now, whether you like it or not, he’s now your president, too. 
 
If people are so disgusted about Noynoy then I suggest they GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTRY as soon as possible.  You sore losers piss me off.  Seriously.  We don’t need you.  The last thing we need are people who will not help in building a nation, working for the good of this country with who is now in charge.  If you don’t want to help then at least get out of the way of those who want to do something constructive for our motherland. 
 
Categories: News and politics

Tooth Ache – The End

May 8, 2010 Leave a comment
Lord – Your will be done! 
 
Today was my 23rd root canal draining session, and it will be my last.  After 194 days the saga of my tooth ache has finally come to a closure – with the extraction of my molar. 
 
When Dr. Casimiro examined my root canals she noticed that pus re-developed.  Half-way through cleaning the canals she noticed a fracture that ran from one side of the tooth to the other.  The tooth is already dead, and by nature it is brittle.  I recall getting scared about getting this molar fractured last February, but I guess at that time it was not yet as brittle as it was now.   Now more brittle than ever, I guess the wear and tear finally gave in, and it cracked.  Dr. Casimiro stopped the draining procedure because nothing more could be done for my molar – it was fractured, and it now had to be removed. 
 
I spent a few minutes on the dentist’s chair contemplating my situation.  The extraction had to happen sooner or later, and since there was no point in delaying it, I decided to have it removed immediately. 
 
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, and that was my feeling up to the time I left the clinic.  Dr. Casimiro felt so sad for me, too.  Normally a root canal treated tooth would last for many years provided it didn’t fracture, but I guess such was not meant to be for my case.  She was additionally saddened by what happened because this was her first case to extract a fractured tooth.  Her associate said that it was like I was giving birth to a child, only to suffer a miscarriage towards the end.  My situation was also likened to experiencing a tragedy because of a sudden death of someone. 
 
Around 30 minutes later, the extraction was over.  Dr. Casimiro didn’t charge me for the extraction anymore. 
 
The next step is to get fitted for dentures.  It will take only a week for the flesh to heal, but usually around two to three months is given before dentures are fitted.  I plan to go back to the dentist next month for a check-up – and if my gums are ready, to have dentures fitted. 
 
I guess this was how the story was meant to end.  This particular molar has given my problems for one reason or another for the last 10 years, in particular for the last five years.  It’s time to say goodbye to it and move on.  And so I shall. 
 
So be it, Lord.  So be it. 
 
At least some good things happened along the way.  I gained new dentist-friends.  This experience has taught me to be patient and persevering.  It sounds like I’m making a big deal over a small matter, but from an emotional aspect it does feel that way, and so as far as I’m concerned, it is.  Thus, the final lesson I’m learning is to be trusting in His will for this particular aspect of my life – and to move on and move forward. 
 
The day will come when I will have to face greater trials than this.  At least I can take the lessons of this experience to heart when that time comes, for in such small matters is where I get the preparation I need to be ready to face the bigger matters in life. 
 
After all the time and effort put in, I lost my molar today because of a fracture. I’m sad, but at least we tried to save it.  Goodbye, molar.  Thanks for the many years of service. Life goes on…
 

When I left, out of "shell shock" I suppose, I forgot to thank Dr. Casimiro and everyone in her clinic for being there for me during this trial.  Thank you, Doctor, I really appreciate it.  See you next month for my check-up. 
 
Jesus, I trust in You!
 
Categories: Personal

RESPECT FOR ONE’S VOTING CHOICES

May 6, 2010 Leave a comment
The quick insight I’m quoting is from my friend, Francis, and it goes out to all the ARROGANT people out there this election season: "Just because someone votes for another candidate doesn’t mean that person’s stupid or dumb. He just disagrees with you."
Put simply: PLEASE RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S VOTING CONSCIENCES!!!
 
I just feel compelled to rant out now:
 
Frankly, I’m only just realizing how silently but incredibly PISSED-OFF I am at the many e-mails, text messages, wall posts I see in social networking sites (especially in this venue), etc. that are trying to convince people that his/her candidate is better compared to a particular candidate because of so-and-so reasons… (Well, I’m not silent anymore, am I?)
 
ENOUGH!
 
At this point in time most of us have already made our choices, and that’s that — let’s just respect each other’s choices and put an end to all the mudslinging and political proselytizing.  Let’s just go to the polls on May 10, 2010, and may the best candidate win!
 
Assuming, of course, that there won’t be a failure of elections on May 10… If the elections fail horribly, then prepare for ANARCHY, which is the last thing we need.
 
God help us all on Monday.
 
Categories: News and politics

Keep Hope Alive!

May 3, 2010 Leave a comment
Being happy doesn’t have anything to do with the size of your problems.
Being happy has everything to do with the size of your hope.
And that’s what you receive from God…
The last chapter of your life has been written, and it has a happy ending.
– Bo Sanchez
 
 
Praise God! Praise Jesus! This is just what I needed to hear today.
 
Read more from Bo Sanchez’s latest blog post: God Says Your Future Is Beautiful.
 
Categories: Religion