Monday, 14 January 2013 14:06
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus…” (Galatians 3:26-28, the Holy Bible).
GREATER HELL IN THE HANDS OF FILIPINOS: Two Filipinas who ran away from their abusive employers in Saudi Arabia have found a greater hell in the hands of Filipinos who are supposed to help, assist, and protect them from harm. A report from Migrante Middle East said the women were sexually-harassed by a Filipino working with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Saudi, and then ignored by DFA Saudi officials when they complained.
Certainly, this is no way to treat not only Filipinas seeking help after they had been abused and molested by their foreign employers, but Filipinas who are overseas Filipino workers lionized in the Philippines, by President Aquino no less, as the new heroes of the country, without whose dollars Philippine economy would have gone under a long time ago.
And yet, I am sure that nothing is going to happen in this case again, as DFA’s main office here in Manila will be concerned mainly with a cover-up of the incident to protect its reputation, and mask its own inability to really help our countrymen suffering in the hands of foreigners abroad. May God have mercy on us all, more particularly the Filipinos who have to brave separation from their families and living in foreign lands totally alien to them just to earn.
PROPHECY OF SUFFERINGS FOR OFWs: Indeed, one of the lesser-known prophecies in the Bible found in the book of Deuteronomy is playing itself out among many OFWs. The prophecy says: “If you no longer listen to the Lord your God, and no long obey His commands… all of these curses will overtake you… Your sons and daughters will be given to other nations, and you shall wear out your eyes waiting for them, powerless to lift a hand…”
This prophecy is contained under Deuteronomy 28:15 and 32, and it would do OFWs and their families well to read this over and over again, and know that danger, suffering and even death certainly await them when they go abroad and work. But then, while the prophecy talks about danger and death for those who will be sent abroad, it nevertheless gives what appears to be a sure-fire protection.
The question to ask is this: why is the book of Deuteronomy saying that the curse of sons and daughters being given to other nations will overtake many? The answer is, because people no longer listen to God and no longer obey Him. Consequently, if OFWs want to be spared from this curse, they should start listening to God (that is, reading His Bible) and obeying His commands all over again.
DRIVE VS. LOOSE FIREAMS IS OK: I agree with President Aquino that there should be an intensified campaign against loose firearms. In the first place, anyone owning a gun without a license—which gun is therefore legally considered a loose firearm—is not just violating the law on illegal possession of firearms. More importantly, this person, by his ownership of a loose firearm, confirms he has motives other than good in owning the unlicensed gun.
RP AS A RETIREMENT HAVEN: The Philippines could have been easily listed as the world’s top—number one—retirement haven for 2013, if only its peace and order situation had been better. I mean, the Philippines is indeed a paradise among many foreigners, considering our good beach resorts, our ultra-modern cities which can already compare with the best of the world. However, the whole world knows that for many foreigners, many cities here are danger zones, because of petty crimes. Something must be done about this.
JOB OPENINGS AT COAST GUARD: If you have taken maritime-related courses, or have mechanical, welding and electrical skills, and you are looking for a job, try to apply now with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). PCG Spokesman Commander Armand Balilo announced that the PCG is hiring 300 men and women this year, to man 10 new patrol boats which will start operations in 2014.
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