• A meaningful Christmas in the Lord’s presence

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    WE’VE been used to congressmen and government officials gifting themselves with multiple bonuses.

    But despite increasing public awareness and knowledge about the corruption involving the national budget, Congress went ahead as dictated by President Noynoy and railroaded the passage of the P2.6 trillion 2015 General Appropriations Bill.

    It was signed by the President yesterday, along with the P22 billion supplemental budget for the last few days of this year.

    The supplemental budget is meant to cover the “commitments to contractors” for illegal, unfinished projects implemented under the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

    The supplemental budget, which was justified as an additional funding to the rehabilitation program for Yolanda-devastated areas, is simply an “overkill.”

    The P740 million plus spent on the Iloilo Convention Center, Senate President Franklin Drilon’s pet project, would have gone a long way in building homes for displaced typhoon survivors.

    In the face of the burgeoning national debt, our pork barrel-addicted public servants just could not help but gift themselves with their favorite holiday dish.

    No wonder one of the few decent individuals serving the Aquino Cabinets just resigned, cutting short his stint with Matuwid na Daan.

    Meanwhile, most of us have to bear the higher fares at the decrepit MRT and LRT systems for which government subsidy is being cut.

    Small wonder, too, Senator Grace Poe is fuming mad this weekend.

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    Anyway, we might experience some light to moderate rain showers on Christmas Day due to a low pressure area entering tonight, Christmas Eve. That’d be throughout the country while the amihan or northeast monsoon is also expected to bring cooler temperatures to Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

    I’d be another blessing from Almighty God, as many of you would also say.

    Just keep those umbrellas handy, particularly those who will have successfully completed their devotional Simbang Gabi.

    We all have so many, many things to thank God for despite the tribulations that we experienced personally and as a nation.

    One, of course is the scheduled coming of our beloved His Holiness Pope Francis.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and survivors of typhoon Yolanda and conflagration, such as recent fire incidents.

    As always, Filipinos’ gift of resiliency prevails in the most trying situation.

    My family and I share the spirit of joy and thanksgiving that Christmas brings to the heart of everyone.

    The Good Lord has showered me with countless blessings, very special gifts that cannot be quantified in monetary terms. I am blessed with a loving family and relatives.

    I’m also blessed being around some good people that I work with and work for. Last but not least, I’m blessed with a faithful staff that I already consider my extended family.

    I’m blessed with the sight of my beautiful child sharing fun and laughter and, at an early age, showing an assertive leadership, as well as compassion, for others. It just blew me away.

    We look back with a sense of forgiveness and asking for forgiveness because, ultimately, that is the essence of the birth of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.

    In behalf of my family, I wish everyone a meaningful and merry Christmas, in which the presence of Our Lord Jesus reigns in our homes.

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