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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus...” (Philippians 4:19, the Holy Bible).

ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS MUST BE NAMED CJ: In the face of arguments and counter-arguments as to whether President Aquino should follow seniority among the Supreme Court justices in naming the next Chief Justice, my submission is this: he who is interested in the position, whether in or out of the tribunal, must examine himself or herself and determine whether he or she is righteous in the eyes of God.

If he or she is righteous in the eyes of God, then he or she can pray that he or she be given the position, for it is written, in James 5:16, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”. If, on the other hand, he or she believes he or she is not righteous, there is no point in praying, much less in aspiring for the position. Only the righteous must be named the next Chief Justice of the Republic of the Philippines.

WHY DISCRIMINATE VS. CATHOLICS? Lawyer Dan Amosin, now based in California, USA, reacted to our column about House Bill 6330 of Kabataan Party List Rep. Raymond Palatino seeking to prohibit display of religious images in government offices: “It appears, the bulk of taxes is paid by Catholics, so why discriminate against them? Palatino is digressing into territories outside of his representation.

“If at all, his subject bill is better left to regular congressmen. As regards Biblical matters, I believe there was an incident in the Old Testament where Moses was directed by God to create an image of a snake and anyone who looked at it would be spared from destruction that was to come…”

COCO WATER EXPO RISES: The first quarter export sale of coco water, the product that President Aquino promoted after his visit to the United States, registered a 300 percent increase  with 4,498,158.00 liters being sold, compared with last year’s figures of 1,125,451.00 according to Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Euclides G. Forbes.
Thelma Tolentino, PCA information officer, said: “The Administrator disclosed that the value likewise increased by 260.56 percent with this quarter’s earnings of $4,783,443.00 compared with 2011 figures of $1,326,672.00. Coco water export to the United States this quarter registered the highest  increase of 426.75 percent in value with $3,940,487.00…”

AGAIN, CONGRATS MAYOR EDPAM: Angeles City Mayor Edgar Pamintuan has now advanced as one of the 25 finalists vying for the prestigious 2012 World Mayor Award, bringing honor not only to himself, his city, and his province (Pampanga), but to the Philippines as a whole. But I wonder: why is Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo so silent on this achievement? Having been a former mayor himself, Robredo knows it is never easy to compete for world awards. Is it because Pamintuan is a member of the opposition?

INTELLIGENCE FAILURE? If it is true that the government is now looking into the possibility that Jordanian journalist Baker Atyani of the Al Arabiya News Network came to the Philippines to link up with, and provide funds for, the Abu Sayaff Group, this would again constitute yet another intelligence failure on the part of the police and military establishments. How can a supposed “terrorist conduit” come here undetected? Nobody’s paying attention? Where have all the intelligence funds gone?

PULLOUT OR NO PULLOUT? Two major newspapers here have bannered completely divergent stories on China’s supposed pullout of its ships from the Panatag Shoal or the Scarborough Shoal off Zambales. In a report posted at 12 a.m., June 19, 2012, one newspaper said the Chinese are pulling out. In its own report posted at 12:40 a.m., the other newspaper said there is no such pullout, quoting an officer of the Chinese embassy. Now, which is which? Interesting, really!

REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 093 or 0922 833 43 96. Email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com.




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