The Next Pope is a Filipino
I never put much thought about the chances of a Filipino becoming a pope in my lifetime. But a Macleans issue changed all that. Of course, the article in Macleans was championing Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who is Canadian. However, there is something in the layout of all the papal contenders that got my attention. I do not know how or why but the photo of Filipino Cardinal Tagle and the caption “once too young to be considered, the Church’s rising Asian star has suddenly become a dark horse possibility” got my attention. Let me make this clear. I cannot tell the future. Otherwise, I would not have gotten a traffic ticket last February 19. I have as much accuracy in my prediction as those who make a living as Psychics telling you that you are going to get rich while they themselves live in run-down houses driving 20-year old vehicles. But, I am going to make this fearless prediction. Cardinal tagle will be elected Pope before Easter. If not, then, I am wrong. After all, I am only human. I am not God.
How sure am I
|The cover photo of Jasmine Curtis was removed in favor of Cardinal Tagle at LM Confidential for the March 2013 newspaper issue.|
Sinabi ka na I am not sure. Kaya nga sinabi ko na hindi ako psychic and I am not God. But it’s not to believe in something like this once in a while. I believe in this guessing game of mine that I put Cardinal Tagle’s photo in place of my usual beautiful women. I removed the photo of Jasmine Curtis.
Only in the Philippines
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has removed re-electionists Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Loren Legarda and Grace Poe-Llamanzares from its senatorial slate. This was announced by Navotas Representative Toby Tiangco, the campaign manager of UNA. Legarda, Escudero and Llamanzares are three guest candidates of the alliance but also running under the ticket of President Noynoy Aquino’s Liberal Party or what is now commonly called through its monicker “Team Pinoy”. Only in the Philippines can candidates belong to two parties. Puwede ba iyon? Kaya pala tinanggal. How do you justify belonging to two political and rival parties? How will you dod that specially if the two parties have opposing principles? What is one party wants to raise taxes and the other wants to lower taxes? What if the other wants to legalize divorce and the other one opposes it? How can either party rely on your support?
President Aquino’s Surprising Initiatives
Only in the Philippines will they test a voting machine ang make a big issue fo some glitches. They are testing the automated voting machines now for the elections. There are those who want to go back to the manual voting. There are still organizations like Kontra Daya who believe that they will ensure an orderly election. How is that possible? If their figures contradict the Comelec results, are we going to believe them instead of the Comelec? In fact, I am surprised at some of the brave initiatives of President Aquino. Although I did not agree with him starting a war with the judiciary, it is quite surprising that he used his very popular image to pass the Reproductive Health bill which was being debated since World War II. Just kidding lang po. It’s about time. He took on the Catholic church and won. Now, even though there are still some poeple who make a big issue of some voting machine glitches, he has signed a bill to make biometric ID mandatory to go with the automated voting machines. This means, that voters will be identified if they have already voted in another area or not. This means, the chance of the Philippines going back to manual counting is getting smaller and smaller.
Memory Stronger After 10 Years
Apparently, there are some Filipinos in Toronto who defy medical facts. They also go against the logic of police investigators who prefer asking witnesses in the first 48 hours so that details are still fresh in their mind. However, there are some who say that they can remember details more clearly after 10 years. Hmmm, I wish I can be that person. You might reveal what you claim is the truth after 10 years but will the court believe it?