Poe-Llamanzares’ citizenship issue: is it really just politics?

Grace Poe-Llamanzares’ declares that questions about her citizenship are just dirty political black propaganda. Dean of Ateneo School of Government Tony La Vina has this to say (and, always with the same tone whenever Llamanzares’ citizenship is questioned):

Definitely this is the dirtiest political campaign I am seeing and we have just started. It’s already overtaken in my view the 2004 campaign when FPJ was attacked with everything at the people’s expense. Looks like that is happening again. If this succeeds, we will repeat the GMA years again and have a president that is not considered legitimate. This is specially true if on top of all of this, there is a perception that the election results are manipulated to favor the ruling party.

It always looks dirty for people like Dean Tony La Vina who favors Poe-Llamanzares. But how about those of us who wants to know the truth? Remember that this is about being governed by a president that potentially did not meet the constitutional requirement of citizenship. Should we just rest and abide by the insinuation that everything is just political black propaganda and stop pursuing the truth?

Common people like us would have appreciated people of the law like Dean La Vina if they will say that the constitution should be upheld instead of just assuming that everything is just politics.

Dirty or not, this is a question of the law. Let her answer it and be done with it once and for all.

10 of the best driving advice from my dad

My dad (we call him Papa) taught me how to drive at age 6, even before I can reach those pedals. And since he’s turning 70 this month, I’d like to share some of the best driving advice he has given me through the years.

1. “Wag magulo ang manubela. Steady ka lang”. – probably one of best driving advice I got. Keep it steady, keep it cool.

2. “Basta sa linya ka lang, wag ka matakot sa mga nasa gilid mo. Pag nadaplisan ka, kasalanan nila”. Even before I learned the term “swerving” ever existed, my dad taught me against it.

3. “Wag kang preno ng preno. Maaasar sayo ang nasa likod mo pag pula ng pula ang tail light mo.” – Yep, be sensitive of others feelings when on the road.

4. “Pag may tumatawid na tao, huminto ka.” That’s probably why my dad is the best driver in the Philippines — you can seldom see this being done by Metro Manila drivers.

5. “Pag bumili ka ng kotse, Toyota bilin mo. Ayos yan, madali humanap ng pyesa”. I took this advice to heart. My first car is a Toyota Corolla 2000 GLI. And though I don’t drive a Toyota anymore, I still think that Toyota is indeed the best car make in the world.

6. “Pag nahuli ka, maglagay ka nalang para di maabala.” I know, not the politically correct advice. I even disagree with him on this one now. But hey, my dad is old school, you know what I mean? ;)

7. “Pag may nanggigitgit sayo, iwasan mo nalang.” We urbaners call this defensive driving. Such a hard thing to do.

8. “Pag nasa iskinita ka, hanapin mo lang ang main road. Di ka maliligaw.” If you’re a preacher and looking for a sermon illustration, this one’s for you.

9. “Ok lang mag ‘beating the red light’ pa minsan minsan — pag wala namang sasakyan… at walang pulis”. Another old school advice. I know, a bad one. But I call this “taking risk”. ;)

10. And the best driving advice from my dad: “Pag nasiraan ka, tawagan mo lang ako”. Happened multiple times in the past. Even until now.

(I’m tearing up on that last one.)

Hey, we’re all on a journey called life. Maybe these advice work for life in general, too!

Happy birthday, Papa!

Prophecy, Papacy or Christ — where’s your focus on?

Here are some honest, from-the-heart questions to my friends from the church where, while I’m no longer a part of, I still love and honor:

While you’re very passionate about your eschatology — the prophecy, the Sunday law, the Pope and the supposed visit to the US as the the fulfilment of it — how’s your Christology? How’s your relationship with Jesus?

I’m not talking about whether you believe in God — it’s generic. It’s very easy to hide behind the generic “God” term and feel religious. No, I’m talking about your personal relationship with the God-man Jesus Christ.

I’m not talking about whether you believe you’re secured because you’re part of the “true church”. No, I’m talking about whether you’re secured in Jesus’s salvation if God decides to end your life today.

How’s your personal relationship with Jesus today? Who are you in Him when no one is looking?

If you evaluate your life in the past and how it is lived right now — you look at the prophecies, the Pope, the anticipation of Sunday Law, or Jesus Christ — where do you think your life have been focused on?
And most especially, where do you plan to focus on for the remainder of your life here on earth?

My prayer is that you focus on Jesus. You grow in your personal relationship with him daily. Let the noise of the present world or the future that quite honestly, only God really knows, not bother you. Be still in Jesus. Everything else — neither the present nor the future — doesn’t really matter if you’re with Him.

Nakakainit ng ulo si Bongbong Marcos

Sorry sa mga kamag-anak at kaibigan kong Marcos loyalists. Pero nakakainit ng ulo dito si Bongbong Marcos, in so many counts:

1. He enumerates his father’s accomplishments. Roads built, rice sufficiency, etc. But he never said that his father was in power for 20 LONG YEARS! Pag wala ka pa naman nagawa ng 20 years, ewan ko nalang.

2. He enumerated his father’s accomplishments, but never mentioned about the rest of the story. Bilions of dollars in debts. Kanino nanggaling yon? No. 1 corrupt nation, kaninong panahong nangyari yon? The human rights violations? The cronies? Need to go on and on?

3. He was so proud that the youth who have never seen his father’s presidency are saying “Buti pa nung panahon ni Marcos…” Precisely the point! They were not there to experience it. I was a Marcos baby and was not able to experience what people older than me are saying. But history is more accessible now than ever. So, for the young, know your history.

Ayos naman sana na sabihin nalang na hindi nya kasalanan yon, kasalanan ng tatay nya yon. He technically doesn’t need to say sorry. But he tried. However, his ‘sorry’ wasn’t at all. He wasn’t sorry. He was proud and arrogant. And loving it.

Never again.