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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God…” (Ephesians 5:1-2, the Holy Bible).

POLICEMEN AND MILITARY MEN AS JUETENG OPERATORS? Discounting issues of whether the killing of 13 people in Quezon Province Sunday night was a legitimate police operation or not, it is definitely scary to read news accounts that the event could be related to a murderous dispute about controlling jueteng operations in the Southern Tagalog Region and, perhaps, in the other parts of the country, at a time when Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas is waging a war against the illegal numbers game.

What the news accounts seem to indicate is that those who were killed—ranking police and military officers who were in the company of an alleged jueteng lord—were part and parcel of big-time jueteng operations involving millions and millions of money, which do not seem bothered or even intimidated, or have no iota of respect at all, for Roxas’ much-publicized campaign or fight against jueteng.

Perhaps, this is the reason why jueteng cannot really be stopped and eliminated in this country. Too many high police and military officials seem to be  jueteng operators themselves, apparently using civilians as mere fronts. The real question, however, is this: why are policemen and military men daring to operate or be involved in jueteng, even if the announced policy of both Roxas and President Aquino is to stop it?

WHERE IS THE P100 M? Now, there is even a report that the 13 who were killed last Sunday, January 06, 2013, were carrying with them some P100 million in cash, to be used in jueteng operations in the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions. But then, that big amount of money seems to have vanished, as it was not even included in the earlier reports about the shooting.

Were the slain men really carrying those millions at the time of the incident? Was that the reason why there were high military and police officials accompanying the alleged jueteng operator who was also killed at that time? And, where is this money now? Why was it not even mentioned by police authorities in earlier reports of the shooting?

PAG-ASA NOW A BROKEN RECORD: PAG-ASA, or the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, is now sounding like a broken record, every time a low pressure area or a weather disturbance makes its way into the Philippine area of responsibility: citizens and residents alike must be careful against flashfloods and landslides.

But then, we all know that such warnings have not been of any effective help most of the time. Many people still die from the rains, floods and winds that come with each typhoon, with each low pressure area, with its storm. I wonder if PAG-ASA, and even the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), realize the futility and inutility of those warnings and advisories?

Again, I will have to say: the deadly and destructive rains, floods and winds we have been experiencing and will continue to experience in the days to come have a Biblical basis. Since much of our efforts—from the government and from the private sectors alike—pertaining to these natural calamities have not really helped us any, I strongly suggest it is now time to follow what Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, is saying.

For the benefit of those who are interested to know what Jesus said about rains, floods and winds, please read Matthew 7:24-27 of the Bible. These verses are an eye opener—they are saying that Jesus warned all of us that the rains, floods and winds will come, and will kill anyone who does not listen to Him, nor obey His commands.

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

BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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