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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Fathers, do not exasperate your children;  instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord…” (Ephesians 6:4, the Holy Bible).

NEWS STRAIGHT FROM THE BIBLE: The Bombo Radyo website, at www.bomboradyo.com, featured in its front page on July 29, 2012 at least five stories that sounded like they were taken straight out of the passages of the Holy Bible.

These stories were headlined “Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan, Signal 2”; “Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower Appears”; “Hundreds victimized by floods in Negros Occidental”; “Rise in HIV/AIDS cases alarming”; and “24 dead from dengue in Central Visayas”.

Read the following Biblical verses and see what I mean: Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 21:25, and Deuteronomy 28:15, 22. These verses will tell you that Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, warned about rains and floods and heavenly wonders and signs, as a prelude to the end of the world. On the other hand, the rise in HIV/AIDS cases and in dengue fatalities were warned about by God against those who no longer listen to Him and who no longer obey Him.

FAIR AND TOLERABLE MEDIA COMMENT: When is a media commentary fair and legally tolerable? The Supreme Court, in Borjal vs. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 126466, January 14, 1999, quoting one of its very early decisions, said: "…(T)he interest of society and the maintenance of good government demand a full discussion of public affairs.  Complete liberty to comment on the conduct of public men is a scalpel in the case of free speech. 

“The sharp incision of its probe relieves the abscesses of officialdom.  Men in public life may suffer under a hostile and unjust accusation; the wound may be assuaged by the balm of a clear conscience.  A public official must not be too thin-skinned with reference to comments upon his official acts…

“Even assuming that the contents of the articles are false, mere error, inaccuracy or even falsity alone does not prove actual malice.  Errors or misstatements are inevitable in any scheme of truly free expression and debate…”

STATE OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IN RP UP AT DAVAO FORUM: The state of elementary and high schools owned and operated by Christian (or Born Again) churches in the country will be the subject of a Davao City forum to be held on July 31, 2012 at the Independent Baptist Church Auditorium in Tionko Avenune, Davao City, to be participated in by noted educators Dr. Benjamin Tayabas, Robert T. Rivera, and mediamen like myself.

The forum is being sponsored by Dr. Felix Saligon, the chairman of the Association of Christian Educators of the Philippines (ASCEP) Region 11, to thresh out ways and means to empower Christian schools all over the country to help in providing quality and relevant education to the Filipino youth. Invited likewise are Mayor Sara Duterte, Education Region 11 Director Susana Teresa Estigoy, and Dr. Max Aljibe of the Commission on Higher Education.

“KILUSANG KORTESIYA SA KAPWA”: Courtesy at home is often dictated by the parent-children structure of a family. Parents often demand not just courtesy, but obedience, from their kids. But then this breeds animosities. So, how about this---parents must start the courtesy cycle at home, by being courteous to their children, too. Like, parents must try to be more temperate in their language, eliminating any manifestation of anger or annoyance. Ok?

REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, or 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.

BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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