Wednesday, 23 May 2012 13:28
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life…” (John 3:16, the Holy Bible).
ANNULAR ECLIPSE, SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE: To some who are superstitious, the annular eclipse (or ring of fire) that greeted some parts of the world in the early morning of Monday, May 21, 2012, is being interpreted as a harbinger of bad fortune. But whether this is correct or not is really immaterial, because the occurrence of that event somehow signifies something more sinister, if we are to believe the Bible.
The annular eclipse, if we read the Bible, partakes of a sign from the sun and the moon, and maybe one of the indicators mentioned by Jesus, our God and Savior, in Luke 21:25 of the Bible, foreboding the end of the world.
For the record, here is what that Biblical passage says, representing the answer of Jesus to the question when is the world going to end: “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.” Certainly, no one can dispute the fact that Monday’s alignment of the moon and the sun (which is one of the sky’s billions of stars), causing an extra-ordinary and unusual eclipse where only the edges of the sun became visible, is a “sign”.
13.8 M PINOYS NOW UNEMPLOYED: And whether it was a coincidence or not, as the annular eclipse was taking place in the sky, a big bad news from a survey firm was rocking the country: unemployment in the Philippines is at an all-time high for the first three months of 2012, with at least 13.8 million Filipinos becoming jobless. And this despite the fact that we have been relentlessly told that more jobs have been made available since July 2010, as the economy was allegedly already taking off!
INT’L CONDEMNATION HITS RP: Then, almost simultaneously, an international condemnation hit the Philippines from the United Nations Human Rights Watch: the Aquino government has not been able to improve the human rights condition in the country since 2008, and that President Aquino in fact failed to take significant steps to prosecute members of the military, police and militias implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances. Wow!
INC STILL NOT IN FAVOR OF CORONA IMPEACHMENT? But that is not all there is to the string of bad news hitting the government. Judging from cryptic statements coming from Malacanang about the meeting between President Aquino and Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) leader Eduardo V. Manalo, and the silence of the President himself about what really took place in that meeting, it seems that the government’s drive to oust Chief Justice Renato Corona is still not accepted by INC, the country’s most powerful religious group.
GHOST VILLAGES IN CDO: At Cagayan De Oro City, I saw that the three places which were hard hit by the rampaging floodwaters that came from the mighty Cagayan River in the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in December 2011---the villages of Macasandig, Isla De Oro, and Calanan---have become ghost towns by now. Squatter colonies all before the deadly typhoon struck, not a soul lives there anymore, especially because of a billboard announcing President Aquino’s prohibition against residents returning in the areas.
JOSEPH, THE DRIVER: By the way, I was given the capacity to move around in Cagayan De Oro City Sunday and Monday, as a result of an instant friendship I struck with Joseph Mabaylan, an amiable airport taxi driver who charges reasonably and who goes out of his way to be of service to his passengers. Those interested to avail of his expertise in driving in the city, or even in ferrying tourists in nearby Camiguin Island, you can call him at 0926 204 1443.
AUTHENTIC MUSLIM WEDDING FEAST: Finally, I witnessed an authentic Muslim wedding reception on Monday, May 21, 2012, courtesy of lawyer Jamairy “Concon” Domado and his wife Maribel, also a lawyer. Concon’s niece, psychology graduate and masteral degree holder Che Disomimba, got married to Dr. Joe Mamacol in colorful ceremonies. The union was capped by an even more colorful reception with about 500 guests, mostly elected public officials in Mindanao, in attendance. Thanks Concon, Maribel, Che and Dr. Joe.
by Atty. Batas Mauricio
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