#CJonTrial: My prediction (tags: politics)

Posted: May 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: All in a days work | No Comments »
I'm used to reading predictions before an Apple product — say, a new iPhone or iPad — comes out. And it's always fun. 

So, after watching this impeachment trial for 5 months and now coming to end, here's my fearless forecast of how individual senators will vote tomorrow. I will update this post later to reflect the exact box store. :D

Sen. Edgardo Angara – CONVICT
Sen. Joker Arroyo- ACQUIT
Sen. Alan Peter – CONVICT 
Sen. Pia Cayetano- CONVICT
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago – ACQUIT
Sen. Franklin Drilon – CONVICT
Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada – CONVICT
Sen. Francis Escudero – CONVICT
Sen. Teofisto Guingona III – CONVICT
Sen. Gregorio Honasan II – CONVICT
Sen. Panfilo Lacson – CONVICT
Sen. Manuel Lapid – CONVICT
Sen. Loren Legarda – ACQUIT
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. – ACQUIT
Sen. Sergio Osmeña III – CONVINCT
Sen. Francis Pangilinan – CONVICT
Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III – CONVICT
Sen. Ralph Recto – CONVICT
Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. – ACQUIT
Sen. Vicente Sotto III – CONVICT
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV – CONVICT
Sen. Manuel Villar – ACQUIT
Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile – CONVICT

My prediction – 17/6.

Interesting to note, though, that this really could go either way. Sen. JPE could go either way. Which means, his other allies not tagged here to acquit may follow (assuming they already know how he will vote — he will send his vote last).

This is interesting. Let us see how this goes tomorrow.

BeeGees is for my dad as Eraserheads is for me

Posted: May 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: All in a days work | No Comments »
Sad to hear the news today that Robin Gibb, one third of the popular BeeGees 70's group passed away today. I'm a fan of their music. I'm not that old, but at least I know my dad loves this group the way I loved Eraserheads. However, you'll know the greatness of one's music if they would cross over several generations. It crossed over mine. Their music has been 'cloned', rearranged, adopted by several present time musicians. What makes a good music is simple — the poetic lyrics and dynamic melody, both present in the BeeGees.

In late 2004, I had a date with my dad. I brought him to Robin Gibb's concert at the Araneta Coliseum. I saw how my dad enjoyed that night. If there was already Twitter or Facebook back then, I might have tweeted, "Papa is clapping like crazy! :D" (I wish Johann will bring me to an Eraserheads reunion concert 25 years from now :D )

So long, Robin.

God is unfair, and here’s why…

Posted: April 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: All in a days work | No Comments »

While meditating on Craig Groeschel’s message at LifeChurch Makati last Easter Sunday, I posted a simple yet profound question on Facebook. I said, “God is not fair, don’t you think so?” And sure, I did receive some very personal, very interesting and others, heartbreaking responses. Check out the link to see what I’m talking about. 

I promised to share my thoughts on this subject, so here it goes.

When we see good people suffering and the bad living their full life, when we see a child rapped, when a town is devastated by natural calamities, when innocent people are killed by some lunatic, when your brother or a parent die of cancer even if you prayed your heart out, when you lost your job, when you don’t feel like you deserve what’s going on in your life — we question God, “Are you fair?” Why are these bad things happen to good people?

Craig admitted with honesty and sincerity, that he doesn’t hold all the answers and wouldn’t want to try to give absolute answers. True enough, who can? Can we really explain? 

However, he offer possible answers based on God’s Word itself. Some, “maybe’s” that we can think of.

When bad things happen to good people…

1. Maybe you’re just a victim of a fallen world. The reality is, the world we live in is sick. It’s dying. In this world, the Bible says, you will face troubles. It guarantees that we do, because we live in a sin-sick world. Why do our love ones get sick, and eventually die? Why would somebody hurt us even if we do good things to them? It’s not your fault. It’s just that we live in a sin filled world and we become victims of it.

2. Maybe it’s a direct result of your sin. We would ask God why he allowed us to be financially messed up? Because probably, you loaned a car, a house and purchased the newest iPad even if your income cannot support it. Why wouldn’t your children love you? Maybe because you were out most of the time. Sometimes, we suffer because it is a direct result of our own sin.

3. Maybe God has something bigger in mind. I was watching this not-so-good Gerald Butler movie (and yes, we kinda saw that just because it’s a Gerald Butler movie) called “Machine Gun Preacher”. In that part of the movie when he gave his life to God, you would probably rejoice already. But then, right after that, he got laid off as a carpenter and his house got destroyed by a storm. You would think, why would that happen to him considering that those events happen right after he committed his life to God? Isn’t that unfair? But then, because of those two events in his life, a door opened up for him to start his own construction business. When something seems unfair, maybe God is doing something else for your benefit.

But here’s the bottom line. Asking the question “Why bad things happen to good people” is a flawed question in the first place. The right question is “Why good things happen to bad people”. 

The reality is, in the eyes to a holy God, all of us are bad. We are all sinners. And if God is fair, he would have given what our sins deserve. Because he is UNFAIR, he gave us what we do not deserve — love, care, blessings. And for those who accepted Christ as their savior, he gave salvation — we don’t deserve it, we didn’t earn it, we CAN’T earn it, and yet he gave it anyway. 

Mercy is God NOT giving us what we deserve.

Grace is God giving us what we DO NOT serve.

God is UNFAIR.

Here’s a clip of Craig’s message last Sunday…


Communication lessons from the ultra viral KONY 2012 video

Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: All in a days work | No Comments »

Yep, I’m late, but I finally saw the super viral KONY 2012 — I’m probably the 85th million to see this.

I’m not going to deal with the details, but I took notice of some related information about effective communication.

1. To get people into action, you need to effectively communicate the problem. They did that.

2. Effective communication starts with the heart first, then the facts.

3. People loves to be empowered. Give them the tools and with effective vision communication, they will use it.

4. Starting a movement requires passionate leaders. People listen when there is passion.

Now, I’m not saying KONY 2012 is something that I support. That’s not my point in this blog. In fact, I think this thing is massively wrong. It is, however, a very effective communication and marketing strategy.

Sen. Saguisag: Have the senators prejudged Atty. Vit Aguirre?

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: All in a days work | No Comments »
HAVE the senators prejudged Atty. Vit Aguirre? If they punish him, they will have approved of Sen. Miriam’s arguable misconduct and show it as a model for all to follow. A fair inquiry may show that she might have been guilty of disorderly conduct herself. Were I well, and with the prosecution, I might have taken exception so my apos won’t think: “Si Lolo pala, gago, sabi ni ang galing Senadora Miriam.” Aray.

Sentenced to jail for calling Macoy a super-subversive in early 1983, and told to apologize, I said, “Your Honor, I have been advised to say sorry. I won’t. A weekend in jail? A low price to pay for the high privilege of sharing the suffering of our unhappy Motherland.” Earlier fined fifty pesos for saying the court was getting militarized, I pulled out a hundred-peso bill and said, “I’ll gladly pay it, can I say something more for another fifty pesos?” Good manners, right conduct, urbanidad and breeding come to mind as part of our training in Mendiola.

-Rene Saquisag

(Lifted from MLQ3's Tumblr post)