Is there a presidentiable who is God-fearing? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:07




LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’...” (the Pharaoh of Egypt, in Genesis 41:38, the Holy Bible).

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IS THE VERBAL BRAWL BETWEEN TWO PRESIDENTIABLES A MERE GIMMICK? In the on-going verbal brawl between two presidential candidates where the latest challenge from one of the contenders is already a gun duel, is it possible that before they started their public skirmish, they talked to one another first, agreeing to be bombastic in lambasting one another, for additional media mileage?

Are Filipinos being taken for a ride in this media battle? Are the candidates resorting to a mere gimmickry in what they are doing now, simply to generate more interest in themselves, without paying anything by way of advertising cost?

We must not forget that the combatants in this spectacle are both highly educated. One is a lawyer who rose to become a police chief, prosecutor, a long-time city mayor, and then, all of a sudden, a presidential candidate who has, at the moment, the biggest chance of winning next year’s polls. The other is an American educated scion of a rich and politically-powerful family.

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VERBAL BRAWL SIDELINES OTHER PRESIDENTIABLES: They certainly know what they are doing in their quest for the presidency, right? Surely, both of these candidates share the view that publicity, whether good or bad, is publicity just the same, which can make voters recall them with more ease come election time, without them paying anything.

The fact is that, even now, all the other candidates have already been sidelined effectively by this verbal tussle. The headlines of newspapers and radio-TV news coverage have focused on the two candidates alone, with the media lapping up with gusto every statement and every challenge coming from them, without any word on the other candidates.

If a survey is to be conducted today to measure the Filipinos’ awareness of who are running for president in 2016, I am sure the candidates battling with one another will immediately stand out all the more. The candidate who is currently the frontrunner will get higher ratings, while the candidate who is a perennial cellar-dweller will experience a jump in people’s perception of his candidacy.

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IS THERE A PRESIDENTIABLE WHO IS GOD-FEARING, GOD-LOVING? This is why I say, our people should not be deceived by what the candidates say or do in the days leading to the 2016 elections. All of these would be geared towards generating publicity for themselves, in the hope of capturing not only the imagination of Filipino voters but, more importantly, their votes as well.

Voters should endeavor to remain rooted in intelligently scrutinizing the past record of everyone running for president, remembering what they did, or did not do, in alleviating the poverty and suffering of our countrymen. Then, the spirituality of candidates must likewise be thoroughly examined, to see whether they are God-fearing and God-loving.

It is only when a candidate has been God-fearing and God-loving even before he became president of the country that he would have the courage and the decency to be morally  upright and righteous in his presidency, preventing him from corrupt dealings and from coddling corrupt allies. Do we see any candidate who is God-fearing and God-loving in the 2016 contest?

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