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OFWs in uproar vs. new Philhealth fees


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness…” (Romans 4:5, the Holy Bible).

JOVITO PALPARAN AT FACEBOOK? It might have been a joke, but last June 26, 2012, I got an email notification which says “Jovito Palparan posted in WE SUPPORT CHIEF JUSTICE CORONA AND THE RULES OF LAW”. The posting says: “kindly like this page and actively join in the campaign to uphold democracy…” The link to the page which was requested to be liked was also given, but I am omitting it here. Was it really Palparan, who is wanted for a murder case, who posted the email?

OFWs IN UPROAR VS. PHILHEALTH NEW CONTRIBUTIONS: Then, Facebook also contained statements opposing an alleged plan of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or Philhealth to increase mandatory contributions being paid by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) on a yearly basis, from P2,400.00 to P4,800.00. The statements are addressed to Dr. Eduardo Banzon, allegedly the new Philhealth president. Now, now, now! Is this true, Philhealth? OFWs are not in uproar because of this, so something must be done about it.

SKO’S WRONG CHOICES? Here is one reaction to what we wrote here about Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, coming from lawyer Dan Amosin, who is based in California, USA: “Moreno, by aligning himself with a convicted, paroled grafter, has exposed his real character as a political opportunist with no solid principles. Moreover, by degrading himself as a rabid attack dog for his patron, he has lost a lot of credibility.

“Apparently, he has also been brainwashed into believing lately that he can become the president of the Philippines someday. The poor, impressionable and gullible political acolyte has fallen completely under the spell of his astute patron, whose notoriety is a given. At the crossroads of his political life, Isko made the wrong choice. And that's all that will make a difference. He will never gain any progress beyond local elections.”

WAS IT OK TO LOAN US$ 1 B RP MONEY TO IMF? 2011 bar topnotcher Rodolfo Q. Aquino gave this reaction to our column on the US$1 billion which the Philippines lent to the International Monetary Fund (IMF): “Just putting my two cents worth. The issue is not whether to invest the money abroad or locally. The money has gone into the country once already via export receipt, foreign investments or OFW remittances, and converted into pesos (and spent, invested or consumed).

“That is why the money is now in international reserves as foreign assets owned by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The BSP cannot anymore convert it again into pesos to invest locally because that will just be printing money. If at all, the reserves still has to be invested abroad. The proper issue is whether this is the best way to manage our reserves.”

“CHINA CAN TAKE-OVER RP IN 90 DAYS”: A member of the Internet group “searchlight” who calls himself “MarP” and who is based in New York, USA, wrote this reaction on our item about the possibility of China taking-over the Philippines: “NY, 26 June 2012. BM (Batas Mauricio): Yes, it will be easy for China to take over the Philippines. China could do the job in probably less than 90 days.

“But it will not do so, because world opinion will be against such a move, and there will bound to be unintended consequences. But China may take over the Scarborough Shoal and other islands in the Western Philippine Sea. MarP.”

ANTIDOTE VS. DROUGHT FOR KOREANS: Inquirer headline, in its June 26, 2012 issue: “Both Koreas suffering worst drought in a century.” Part of the news item read: “North Korea has dispatched soldiers to water parched fields and South Korean officials are scrambling to protect endangered species as the worst dry spell in a century grips the Korean peninsula.” Koreans maybe interested to read Deuteronomy 28:15, 22-23 of the Bible for solutions.

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