Friday, 08 June 2012 12:10
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash’...” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 7:26-27, the Holy Bible).
VENUS IN THE SUN: A SIGN? Was the crossing of Venus on the face of the sun Wednesday, June 6, 2012, a mere coincidence or a freak of nature? But then, can we consider it as one of the heavenly signs, similar to the annular eclipse that happened last May 21, 2012 and all the other celestial phenomena which seem to be occurring in great succession recently, foreboding of things to come, as Jesus, our God and Savior, proclaimed in Luke 21:25 of the Bible?
“FILIPINO INTERNET REVOLUTIONARIES”: If I am to gauge the propensity of Filipinos to put up Facebook and Internet groups assailing corruption and other immoralities in the country, I cannot help but believe that more and more of our countrymen are now showing signs of boldness in making known their grave discontent with how things are being done by our political leaders and officials.
Times are indeed coming where it would be unwise for any politician, or anyone aspiring for any elective office anywhere in the country, to ignore the complaints of these groups as inconsequential murmurings. We must not forget that the current US president, Barack Obama, was a virtual nobody before his election, but was propelled to the heights of political power largely via the Internet.
We must not also forget the big role played by Facebook and other social networking groups in the Internet in instigating, prosecuting, and finally winning many of the so-called “Spring Revolt” in the Middle East. Politicians have a surprise coming in the hands of “Filipino Internet Revolutionaries” in the days to come.
FACEBOOK GROUP TO SCREEN SENATORIABLES: One of these Facebook-Internet groups is “Iboto ang Nararapat na Kandidato Para sa Senado” (loosely translated, “Vote for the Appropriate Candidate for the Senate”), which describes itself as a “group page run on a non-government and non-commercial basis by concerned Filipino Citizens”.
Its purported aims: “to educate and help our kababayans (countrymen) to know their rights as responsible citizens, and our contribution in building a better nation; to help our kababayans to know more about our aspiring candidates and re-electionists for the next senatorial elections.
“To put the right candidate to the right position in our government and to do the right job; to promote awareness of social and political issues in our country; to eliminate or minimize trapos (traditional politicians), political dynasties, and traditional patronage in government…” May God be with this group, and with all other social networking groups whose aim is to make the Philippines a better country.
SPIRITUALITY OF NATURAL DISASTERS: I hope Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo did not talk too much, too soon, about the supposed readiness of about 85% of the country’s local government units to battle forthcoming natural disasters. Yes, the goods and other materials needed for disasters are already prepared and the action plans have been drawn up.
But then, heaven forbid, all these preparations are destined to go to waste because the element of spirituality in these disasters have not been taken up and the people have not been taught about the spiritual dimension of natural disasters---of rains, floods and strong winds. Robredo must be told to seek first what God is saying about these disasters, so his preparations will be more effective.
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by Atty. Batas Mauricio
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