Forgiving a per…

Forgiving a person who hurts us that much could be so hard but we have to remember this: GOD has forgiven us despite of what we did. Nobody’s perfect only God. He can even forgive why not us? It’s just a matter of choice. 🙂

Integrity Matters

He graduated cum laude in 1949 with an Associate of Arts degree at the Ateneo de Manila University. Afterward, he attended the University of the Philippines College of Law and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He achieved the 11th highest score in the 1953 bar examinations with a 91.72% rating and a perfect score in mercantile law. As a scholar at the Harvard Law School, he earned a Master of Laws degree with specialized training in international tax law. These are just  few evidences of how brilliant he is. The man I am talking about is no other than the Senate President- Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. One of the big names in the Philippines.

Personally, I really adored this man because of the courage he had shown in pulling out from the position of the Chief Justice Renato Corona for some controversial issues. And when I watched his life story in “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK), it made me think that he really is a good man. I salute this man. I really like him. But my world was falling apart when I heard that he is one of the senators who are involved in the pork barrel scam. He is being accused of misusing his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).   In a speech during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 National Accountancy Week, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said Enrile received the biggest amount of P118 million from Senate funds for alleged office expenses based on documents she supposedly sourced from the Commission on Audit. But he strongly denied the issue.

What’s the truth behind all of these accusations and denials? I assume I am not the only person who believed in the innocence of Sen. Enrile but what if he really did something wrong? I don’t even know what to think. Sen. Enrile gave a good name to his name but in a twinkling of an eye, it’s gone. I am not judging him, but he has to realize that his integrity as an official and as a person matters. It doesn’t matter how rich and famous he is, if he is not leaving a good legacy in his field of service. Please Sen. Enrile justify yourself and prove your innocence. As you have stated “I’m not up to betray any of my people. I’ve never been known for that.” Inspire me again!

 

Why not LOVE?

Zamboanga City, Philippines is known to be the city of flowers. It has been a home for Subanons, Samals and Badjaos in Mindanao. The city has an undeniable progress through the centuries in terms of economy, tourism and other aspects. The dominant religion of the city is Christianity with 73% and the remaining 27% are Muslims who practiced Islam as their religion. Despite this religious differences, people in the city live harmoniously until September 9, 2013 came.

When a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under the leadership of Nur Misuari seized hostages in Zamboanga and attempted to raise the flag of the self-proclaimed Bangsamoro Republik, a state which declared its independence earlier in August at City Hall. This armed incursion has been met by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which seeks to free the hostages and the expel of MNLF in the city. The stand off has degenerated into urban warfare and brought parts of the city under red alerts until today.

Many houses were burned, armies were killed, civilians were injured and thousands of residents were evacuating and chose to leave their houses for having no choice. It has been three weeks. When will be the end of this? Every time I watch the news, it breaks my heart to see men, women and children run for their lives. It hurts to see people who are craving for food in evacuation centers. How about those people who lost their lives because of this chaotic occurrence? Filipino versus Filipino. They are of the same country and above all, they are of the same blood. Is it supposed to be like this? Is killing will solve this problem? Absolutely NOT!

We are talking about life here and life is precious. It is a gift. It is not supposed to be destroyed just because of pride, anger, greed and grudge. People died so easily. Please let’s just stop this nonsense because we are not just destroying our own country but we are also destroying ourselves. Instead of killing each other, why not let love reign? Love? Yes, because I do believe that when there is love, there is peace and when there is peace, there is unity and when there is unity, there is progress. Love conquers all.