The Church has end up playing the kontrabida bit as PH freethinkers continue to cast stones (and boulders) to what they perceive are backward thinking and self righteous folks who keep on dragging key legislations.
While the Church is not as pristine as how it may be projecting itself to be, to the many modern thinking individuals all over PH, here’s one tip on how to really get your message across way beyond the angry FB rants and tweets:
Stop sending your children / relatives to Church-run institutions and actively campaign to your friends to do the same.
By doing so, not only are you going to avoid 1) coughing up enormous fees to pay for tuition, but you’ll also avoid 2) the very dangerous risk of exposing your wards to “traditional and illogical / irrational” thinking fuelled by the Church.
That, or you’re just cherry picking on enjoying the brand name and perceived quality education these Catholic schools offer minus the concepts, teachings, and obligations that make things inconvenient for you.
It’s all too familiar - friends with benefits; sex without commitment.
Calvary, but leave the cross behind.
“The State shall promote openness to life, provided that parents bring forth to the world only those children that they can raise in a truly humane way.”
The State would not have been open to Mary and Joseph bringing forth to the world Jesus Christ who was born in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes,and laid on a manger - someone who by society’s standards, it would rather do without.
May everyone have a meaningful Christmas.
After languishing in Congress for the last 14 years, the RH Bill has successfully hurdled the second reading in a historic vote yesterday. While I believe that both sides have the best of intentions in coming up with their votes, I have reservations about the bill and these are outlined below:
1) Initially, it had a provision that private employers are mandated to shoulder the RH requirements of their employees. If you’re an employer who doesn’t subscribe to the contraceptive methods and devices laid out by the bill, and able to live accordingly managing your lust and libido, you have no choice but go against your principles and pay for your wards’ needs in controlling theirs. Here you are being responsible and all by not f*cking around, but you have to pay for the costs of those who want to f*ck around. It’s all good if you’re answering for the needs of your married employees, but the bill doesn’t limit it to them. I tried verifying if this provision is still in place in the current version of the bill but it is still sketchy.
2) Anyone who restricts access to methods and devices called for by the bill will be held liable. Theoretically, if I tell my daughter to just abstain, she can retort that she can be as responsible by just “protecting” herself through other means laid out by the bill. If I protest, she can hail me to court.
3) The definition of “beginning of life”. The concept that life begins at the time of conception apparently has no legal basis and is open for dispute. RH proponents declare that it is against abortion. But without a clearly defined “beginning of life”, this becomes gray area. Again in theory, it can be eventually ruled that life starts upon successful delivery, not at conception. At any time that the pregnancy is decided to be terminated, it is perfectly legal. Pro choice. Empowerment.
4) Intra-uterine devices are included in the bill. It is argued that IUDs prevent conception and not implantation to the uterine wall. Use it after unprotected sex - then it changes things drastically. Oh, “beginning of life” is still gray area - so no worries, you can still get away with it.
Every time I look around and see those living in the slums, at the back of my mind, I know that the RH bill is geared towards eradicating these people. While yes, perhaps 7 of 10 of those in the area are either mere tambays, drug dealers, petty thieves, etc., the 3 are possibly daily wage earners and scholars of various institutions and individuals who, given the opportunity which a lot of us withhold from them by under-declaring taxes, corruption, etc, can beat enormous odds.
The RH Bill will make life easier because those schoolchildren in far-flung areas who have to walk miles, climb mountains and cross rivers to be able to study don’t have to do so because they will cease to exist. Resources are already scarce to set up schools, community hospitals and decent roads for them anyway. We have funds for a lot of other things but not for these basic needs?
Who are we to judge that society is better off without these people (recall that the bill is open to life only if parents can afford it). These are the people who suffer and are pushed to do nasty crimes every time we see our politicians acquire properties and fancy cars, every time you evade taxes and import duties, accept kickbacks, etc. We argue that these politicians get voted time and time again by the same ignorant people anyway. But they remain ignorant and gullible because they don’t have access to quality education. Public school system (as well as healthcare) lack budget while cost of education in Catholic-run institutions are ironically, un-Christianly exhorbitant to say the least.
The premise of the RH Bill is that it will try to address the “problem on population” because this thins out resources and lowers quality of life. But really, it’s not the population that is making resources scarce, the root of the problem is the inequitable distribution of these resources made complicated by a lot of factors.
The extreme other side of the fence offers an analogy, while we know of abandoned priests, church workers, etc. struggling to survive, on one hand we see Church royalties living the high life all the way to the Vatican.
There are enough resources to cover for these “unworthy” ones - we are just not inclined to spread the wealth. So for convenience that the wealth need not be spread, to maintain status quo, cut on those who in one way or the other, are not only also entitled to such wealth, but need it the most given years of injustice and deprivation.
Population is not the core problem, greed is. Deploy funds accordingly, generate jobs, strengthen livelihood, and believe me, these “people society thinks it would rather do without” can actually be valuable manpower assets instead of being mere baby making machines.
As a final note, the RH Bill is alternately referred to as the Responsible Parenthood Bill. But did anyone notice that it lacks the fundamental and most essential element in fostering responsible parenthood - advocating couples to fully prepare and ultimately, commit to each other before opening themselves to the possibility of life - through marriage.
This, for me, is what being truly responsible ought to be. I hope the strengths of the RH Bill can work for these couples and families more than ending up as yet another counter productive band aid solution.
I’m still dejected following the nation’s pride, Manny Pacquiao’s devastating sixth round KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth match up. Not a few people have urged him to hang up his gloves especially after absorbing that vicious punch which rendered him unconscious for a time.
My take on these calls for retirement initially was that:
If I am Pacquiao, there’s no way on earth that I will allow that my last image as a fighter and only eight division world champion be one that is face down on the canvas. What I will do is rid myself of all distractions, train as if I haven’t won anything and as if I’m broke. Fight ferociously driven by that KO image in my mind. Convincingly beat Bradley, Marquez and Mayweather in that particular order - then call it a career.
But after some thought, I had to reconsider. It’s pretty dangerous to step into the ring if there’s really no way for Pacquiao to fight with a focused mind, a burning heart (think Survivor - Rocky OST), and a killer’s instinct. These are imperatives for a fighter, and he can’t be a part time boxer and expect to get away with it.
So, if he can’t muster that sense of urgency anymore because of his stature and mindset, he better heed what referees remind fighters of at the start of the match - protect yourself at all times - and just keep off the ring.
For me, Pacquiao will always remain a legend. And as a Filipino, he’ll forever be the nation’s pride - especially with the way he conducted himself after that embarrassment. I want him to redeem himself and restructure that legacy. But he has to re-learn to be extremely cautious and not let his guard down because the next punch he may overconfidently overlook might be crippling, if not fatal (think Z Gorres).
On his change of religion:
On one hand, would God really meddle in something as “foolish” as a boxing match to teach a lesson? On the other hand, God truly works in mysterious ways - and personally, I am not one who’d ditch the rosary and the saints.
On Justin Bieber:
I want this character to get savagely molested by a dozen Arabs in prison for more than 5 years. Seriously, let’s just treat his Pacquiao KO posts the way he himself should really be treated - a joke.
For the longest time, I had a notion that human life starts upon fertilization. I guess it is not the case anymore since the debate, contention and opposition against it has never been this strong.
I have always been a sucker for “happily-ever-after” kind of stuff that marriage is supposed to seal and usher in for lovebirds; but I guess I was just too cheesy and idealistic that the reality is that PH is the only remaining country not to have Divorce Law in place.
Life has become too complicated that we need to re-assess, re-evaluate and craft dynamic, progressive and open-minded legislation (and solutions) to guarantee utmost freedom to enjoy the best that life has to offer.
With this, I propose that we become bold enough to make do without boundaries, throw away inhibitions, be damned with constraints and be as free-spirited and free-minded as we can be - enjoy life to the hilt!
1) Since we are on it, let’s declare that life starts upon successful delivery of a newborn. At any point prior to this, it would be the mother’s choice if she wants that lifeless mass to be nipped in the bud. It’s her body, her career, her libido and her life, so make it her choice. We’re pro-choice anyway.
What’s the advantage? - No need for funding for contraceptive and educational materials - keep in mind, our funds are spread too thin already. And tax the Church, their schools’ tuition fees are as outrageous as the parcels of land they own and business interests they hold.
2) Rephrase the marriage vows because they have become too outdated, idealistic and “too unconditional.” Put a Divorce Law in place that would be readily accessible to couples who want to “opt out” once they feel that “it is cramping their style” or if their union has become “something they rather do without” - no questions asked. But make financial support agreements for the sake of any eventual and surviving offspring a requisite - accidents like reproduction can still happen, you know - better to be safe and practical. We are rational beings first and foremost.
3) As an alternative to item 2, we could rather just scrap the concept of marriage as it is! Doing so, no one will be bound to anyone. No need for the divorce bill at all! And the burden we refer to as children will be kept at a minimum because keep in mind, they can be terminated anytime before they get delivered. For the lucky (or unlucky) ones that get delivered at all - financial support agreements are in place so that takes care of it.
4) Given above, no need to keep an intact “family” during these adventurous and free spirited times. Family is too boring, and it keeps us from achieving our goals, especially in our careers. And children grow old anyway whether a family is intact or not, so what’s the difference? Why bother? No more husbands, no more wives - everyone’s fair game. How exciting can that be?!
5) Outlaw religion. A lot of free thinking sectors cannot fathom how in this day and age there are still those who “keep the faith” and recognize that God exists. God and religion is too foolish because it runs contrary to man’s natural tendencies. It robs man of life’s pleasures! Laws should govern man, not God, not faith, not beliefs. Go worship Hayden Kho or Steve Jobs instead.
Man is first and foremost, an animal. Let us not fight our nature, but instead live on our instincts and desires. No to children messing up our lives and draining our resources, no to married life, no to family life, no to spiritual life.
Man is an animal; so let’s make this so-called society of ours what befits of animals - a jungle.
It is when you give a guy credit for the difficulty of the shot he missed instead of discrediting him for passing up other opportunities.
“I’m gonna do what I do.”
“I think the second unit and that crew has to make a concerted effort to get the ball into Pau, get the ball into Andrew. It had nothing to do with me. I’ve had games where I shot the ball 10 times, and Pau and Andrew didn’t contribute that much. I’ve had times where I shot the ball 30 times and they had big games. … It had nothing to do with my shots.”
- LA Laker Legend In His Own Mind Kobe Bryant
Context: After playing 35 mins., he ends up with 36 pts and ZERO assists. Dallas squeaks past LA in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal match up.
In their previous series against New Orleans, he had games of below 20pts. (one was even just 11) yet LA emerged victorious.
This guy can not understand that LA’s strength is their ceiling with Bynum, Gasol and Odom. What this guy doesn’t understand is his insistence on his personal showcase takes away from his teammates and makes the team more vulnerable.
What this guy and his gullible followers don’t understand is that if your guy can afford to score 11 pts and the team still wins - it is the team that is great, not the individual.
But what we all need to understand and realize is that LA remains to be a formidable championship contender - also because it can win even with JUST 11 pts from the highly touted Kobe.
Enough of all this Hail Kobe sh*t. Truly legendary players take it upon themselves WIN or LOSE.
It’s just a rip off to be showered with personal accolades when the team is winning but pinning the blame on your teammates when the team is losing.
Putting things in the proper perspective: it is the LA Lakers that have 5 titles this decade. Kobe has 1 regular season MVP and 2 Finals MVP’s.
He’s good, but not THAT great.
I have nothing against Sen. Bongbong Marcos honoring and paying homage to his old man and my fraternity brother, ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos. He is being a son more than being a sound and reasonable Filipino.
But he should not go to the extent of virtually rewriting Philippine history in doing so.
He is claiming that we could be like Singapore right now had the late strongman not been ousted. His father held on to power for 2 decades; the opportunity to be like the city state of Singapore was realistically there, until his regime got enamored with power and money.
I am one with him in rallying everyone not dwell on the past and instead start moving forward. But we can’t realistically learn from the sins of the past if we allow certain quarters to deny, justify and even paint a completely opposite picture of what really transpired.
Ferdinand Marcos’ administration was punctuated by cronyism, corruption, senseless use of foreign debt, and the disappearance and murder of those opposing it.
That was our reality. Let’s not allow people like Sen. Bongbong Marcos to blur that fact. Moving forward as a nation entails acknowledging responsibility and shouldering culpability (which they haven’t).
We ought to learn from history, not rewrite it accordingly.