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THINK a minute. It’s been said: “Hating people is like burning down your whole house to kill a rat.” You’ve also heard the expression, “Cutting your nose off to spite your face.” When we hate someone, we hurt ourselves far more than the person we’re trying to hurt. That’s why when you’ve been hurt by others, a bad memory is your best weapon to stop it from hurting you more. Forget it, and get on with your life. “Never carry a grudge, since it only weighs you down while the other guy is getting ahead. You’ll never get ahead while you’re trying to get even.” You’ll reach your goal

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst of success much quicker if you forgive and forget your enemies. Getting even with someone just puts you on their level; but if you forgive that person, it puts you ahead of them. So make peace quickly with your enemies. “Some people forgive their enemies—but not until they’re dead and it’s too late.”

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Remember, people need love the most when they deserve it the least. It takes a much stronger person to forgive. A person’s strength is measured by how many times he can forgive the same person. You see, when our heart is full of kindness, there’s no room in it to hold a grudge. Hating someone is easy. Anybody can do that.

So if you want to be unhappy and miserable, go ahead: don’t forgive that person who wronged you. But don’t forget, “Anger and unforgiveness is like fire: if you hold on to it, it will burn you.” However, “If you choose to forgive someone, you’ll be setting a prisoner free… and discover the prisoner was you!” Yet real forgiving takes your Maker’s kind of love and strength. So why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for all the ways you’ve hurt and wronged Him? Then, you’ll have His power to forgive others like He did for you. Just Think a Minute.

crowd of more than 50,000 people during the rally of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in Cagayan de Oro City last Sunday. It was not a question anymore on whether Mayor Vicente Emano’s administration has the support of practically all barangay leaders here. Cagayan de Oro City has 80 rural and urban barangays. Cris Diaz When the much ballyhooed suspension order concocted against Emano hogged the local dailies in January this year, 76 barangay leaders and their followers showed up at the City Hall administration building in a show of support to Emano. Last Sunday, leaders and followers of all the 80 barangays were present in one of the biggest pre-election rallies at the Rodelsa Circle here. The sea of people eclipsed the LP rally at the Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center Tuesday last week. It was even unfortunate that the presence of President Aquino did not muster support from city residents. The more it was frustrating since the LP rally supposedly got a province wide support, too. Of course, there were truckloads of supporters and candidates purportedly coming from the municipalities. However, the combined LP supporters

and leaders in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City pale in comparison with the number of crowd who showed up during the UNA rally last Sunday. The issue on whether the city has to convey those people from where they came from was moot and academic. Certainly, those people had to take some rides in coming down to the city. The local LP, instead, should be wary that Emano’s political ticket was a team to bet in the coming mid-term elections this year. Emano’s Padayon Pilipino-UNA-NP coalition has shown that its followers and leaders could come together as a solid force in times of diversity. In other words, the secret of Padayon Pilipino was that it follows a single straight line from above down below its political line. It was a political principle that would be hard to vanquish. Obviously, it is only in times of instability that the strength of the political organization manifests. When everything seems hopeless, the true measure of a political leader emerged as the bastion of people’s optimism. This is the character of the Padayon Pilipino, as an organization and as a political entity. The Liberal Party knows the qualities of the political leaders that the party needs both in the national and local context. Unfortunately, LP knows that the abundance of their resources as an administration political party is inversely proportional to the political leaders that they should have. React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

Jolo, 52nd US State?

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside…” (Job 23:10-11, the Holy Bible). -oooSOVEREIGNTY OF US OVER JOLO: Did Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his followers who went to Lahad Datu, Sabah, Malaysia on February 09, 2013 have the right to ask the help of President Aquino and of the Philippine government in their quest to recover Sabah for themselves, or should they have asked the help of the United States instead? I am raising this question because in a treaty that Kiram’s predecessor, Sultan Jamalul Kiram II, signed in 1899, the whole of Jolo and its dependencies have been placed under the sovereignty of the United States. Article I of the treaty known as the Kiram-Bates Treaty, says: “The sovereignty of the

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio United States over the whole Archipelago of Jolo, and its dependencies, is declared and acknowledged.” Then, under its Article II, it is provided that “The United States flag will be used in the Archipelago of Jolo, and its dependencies, on land and sea.” In its Article XIII, the treaty says “The United States will give full protection to the Sultan and his subjects in case any foreign nation should attempt to impose upon them.” -oooJOLO, 52ND US STATE? From where I sit, it would seem that, based on the Kiram-Bates Treaty of 1899, the whole Jolo Archipelago

is a part of the United States. Kiram and his followers and, by the very provisions of the Treaty, all citizens of Jolo, are citizens of the United States. They are not Filipinos. Because of this, the Sultan and Jolo citizens must run for help to the United States. What is clear here is that, Jolo is not just under the “protectorate” of the US, as some quarters, like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), had been insisting in the past. Under the Kiram-Bates Treaty, Jolo is a territory and is therefore a part and parcel of the United States. Technically, it is a State of the United States, and it could very well be

the 52nd State of the US. If the treaty is to be followed, the Sultan of Sulu should be asking the help of the United States government instead. I am sure that if its help or assistance is sought or invoked, America will not hesitate to extend such help or assistance, especially because it is in reality itching quite well to lay its hands on some vital parts of Mindanao. -oooG OR D ON’S I DE AS BENEFICIAL TO PEOPLE: With the spate of crimes involving public utility vehicles, such as the brutal slaying of UST cum laude graduate Cyrish Magalang by a drug-crazed tricycle driver aided by another drug abuser, Dick Gordon’s innovative idea implemented in Olongapo City way back in the 1980’s still resounds so very much relevant today. When he was mayor of Olongapo, Gordon had all the jeepneys and tricycles in the city color-coded state | page 11

Mindanao Daily News (March 6, 2013 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (March 6, 2013 Issue)

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