we are publishing here the article on richard gordon from PDI. the newspaper has started to run features on all the presidentiables.
THE ONE, THE ONLY
RICHARD J. GORDON: Step up to the plate, swing that bat
By Cathy C. Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:19:00 04/30/2010
During a debate on the Manila campus of De La Salle University, Sen. Richard Gordon waves a thin black and white contraption roughly the size of a notebook. “Kindle,” he shouts.
“Here’s a little computer where you can put the entire school curriculum, from Grade 1 to high school to college. Every kid in public school should have one because he who reads, leads,” Gordon exclaimed.
Gordon talked about providing the country’s 17 million public school students with the Amazon.com product and raising the quality of education in the process.
“The government purchases textbooks for public schools. Oftentimes, these books are full of errors. That’s why we have book scams left and right. Why not get a Kindle for every student, download the accurate, factual books needed for the year, do the same every year. So every school year, we just buy new Kindles for the incoming Grade 1,” he explained.
Gordon later admits the plan is simplistic but doable.
Gordon tells reporters that a P0.50 tax on every text message could fund this e-book project.
If there are 2 billion text messages sent every day, he says, that could raise P365 billion annually, enough to buy a $100 Kindle made in China for each pupil and even raise teachers’ monthly salaries to P40,000 from P12,000.
“Our education is now on the level of Zambia and Tanzania. Education should not be a choice. Poverty is the absence of choice,” the senator says.
Gordon, who is running for president in the May 10 election under his newly formed Bagumbayan-Volunteers for a New Philippines Party, fancies himself a “transformer,” pointing to his record as a no-nonsense mayor of Olongapo City.
In the early 1990’s, Gordon captured the country’s attention when he elevated Olongapo from a honky-tonk town hosting American servicemen at the then US Subic Bay Naval Base to one of the country’s more progressive cities.
RH Bill cannot solve all our problems, but it will help many. I pray for it to be passed.
I agree with your whole point about preventing pornography and promiscuity but you need careful of what you say about RH Bill, or else you might be saying blasphemy. Did you actually read the Bible?
Only once did God say be fruitful and multiply, and we forget the command that comes after it; rule over the creation. Look at the meaning of “rule” it means manage, if we can’t manage what we create, we’re disobeying God.
Then after that, sex is purely described as holy union of a man and woman. And it’s even shown in the Song of Solomon that a married couple can freely enjoy sex and eroticism with each other. In 1st Corinthians 5 it says that “Do not deprive each other.” God actually says that if your spouse wants sex, you should give it because your body is not yours alone but also your spouse’s.
It’s been said in Corinthians that a woman is the glory of man, and you can see in Proverbs 31 that a wife is a greatest treasure that a man can have. Yes, wives are blessings. But what does 1st Corinthians 7 says? It says that it’s better to be single and serve the Lord, (but marry if urged to.)
Children are blessings, that you get through a spouse, but it’s better to have no children if it’s hindering your service for God. And what does Paul say? “The family is the first ministry.” Family first.
Sex is beautiful, not sinful inside marriage and not only for reproduction but for the holy union of a male and female, reflecting the glory of God. It’s long been distorted not only by promiscuity, fornication and adultery but by other religions sects as they view it as as sinful union with a woman even in marriage, only necessary to for procreation.
So let me summarize my two points:
1. Sex in marriage is wonderful, sacred and private. It’s holy and shouldn’t be tainted with malicious or worldly content.
2. Contraceptives can enable married couple to freely enjoy sex and at the same time manage their families
Then are contraceptives okay? Not all the time. I repeat, not all the time. It’s not for non-married people. Also the notion that couples marry just because of the sex and not to honor God through raising a family is a sin(case of foreign countries) Ephesians chapter 4 tells us that we must always be with the Holy Spirit.
Also, though I strongly say that the RH bill is not against God, it’s not enough to cure our country. There are many more to do, but RH Bill can improve the Filipino family.
P.S. Poor people indeed have the right to have as many children as they like. But those children have the right for healthy food, homes, education and safe environment. It’s hypocrisy to say that contraceptives are evil yet condemn mislead children for indulging in drugs and illegal activities instead of school. Parents have no right to have children if they cannot give them their rights.
-Dancel T., UP Diliman.-
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The survey fieldwork was conducted from April 23 to 25, 2010 using face-to-face interviews. Key developments in April 2010 include the following: (1) defections from the Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) mostly to the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Liberal Party (LP); (2) election-related issues such as the purchase of ultraviolet lamps (UV) because the UV readers of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were unable to read the UV markings on the ballots, the scrapping of the P 700 million contract for the purchase of ballot secrecy folders, and the re-bidding of the contract for the purchase of indelible ink; (3) completion of the printing of ballots for the May 2010 elections; (4) various incidents of election-related violence across the country; (5) Senator Francis G. Escudero’s endorsement of Senator Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III for president and Makati City Mayor Jejomar C. Binay for vice-president; (6) accusations made by former President Joseph E. Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile against Senator Manuel B. Villar, Jr. that while serving as Senate President in 2007, Senator Villar used his position to pressure the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to decide in his favor on a matter concerning the public offering of his real estate company’s shares; (7) Senator Richard J. Gordon’s filing of charges against two survey groups; (8) petitions from various sectors for a parallel manual count of votes; (9) the Supreme Court’s final ruling allowing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to appoint the next chief justice (but not the next Sandiganbayan Justice); (10) calls for the resignation and disbarment of Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Secretary Alberto Agra following his decision to clear two key suspects in the Maguindanao massacre; and (11) increase in power rates despite rotating brownouts in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
Statement of the Ateneo Psychology Department about the second fabricated psychiatric evaluation of Sen. Benigno C. Aquino III
date posted: 2010-04-27 20:51:05
On 9 April 2010, the Ateneo Psychology Department issued a statement regarding the psychiatric evaluation which was allegedly signed by Fr. Carmelo (Tito) Caluag who was claimed to be a faculty of our Department in 1996. In our response, we said that the document is false; that Fr. Caluag is not a psychologist or a psychiatrist and has never been affiliated with the Ateneo Psychology Department.
Today, 27 April 2010, another fabricated psychiatric evaluation has circulated in the news, allegedly written and signed in 1979 by our founder and current professor, Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ. Fr. Bulatao has earlier released his response, categorically denying that he has written and signed that report. The Ateneo Psychology Department once again categorically states that this “psychiatric evaluation” is a fabricated document.
We strongly condemn these repeated attempts to use the Ateneo Psychology Department for black propaganda. When the first fabrication did not work because of the mistake of choosing a signatory ( i.e., Fr. Tito Caluag) who has never been affiliated with our Psychology Department, the same scheme was thought of, this time using our most esteemed Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ. These acts of malicious falsifications should be stopped once and for all!
We hope that this is the last time that the name of the Ateneo Psychology Department will be dragged into the malicious misinformation campaign about the alleged mental condition of Senator Benigno C. Aquino III.
Department of Psychology
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University
27 April 2010
richard gordon has done a dramatic change in his campaign strategy – he has overhauled his platform of government.
we know noynoy aquino is squarely against corruption. he has been saying that from the very beginning of the campaign. aquino’s ads are built on his anti-corruption stand.
manny villar has been focused on anti-poverty. he has used his personal history of rags to riches to tell us he will eradicate poverty in this country.
richard gordon recently has changed his platform of government. he has done recently with just a few weeks to go in the campaign. it’s a bold change in strategy and platform of government. gordon has declared an all out war on surveys. he is now devoting all his time and effort for the rest of the campaign to tell us he wants to be elected president on the basis of single mindedly going against surveys.
gordon said he now intends to spend 100% of his time during the remaining days of the campaign to spread his new platform of government.