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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away…” (Psalm 37:1-2, the Holy Bible).

‘LABUYO’ & NECESSITY OF PRAYERS: Again, as Typhoon Labuyo barreled down on many parts of the country, many of our countrymen prayed hard and long for God’s deliverance from death and destruction arising from the rains, floods and strong winds that Labuyo brought in its wake. Those prayers were most welcome, but then, they were not enough, really.

Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 7:24-27 of the Bible, gave specific instructions as to how to effectively fight the death and destruction from rains, floods and strong winds. He said, in these verses, each believer must listen to Him (or, more appropriately, read His Bible), and obey His commands.

Listening to Him and obeying Him, Jesus said, are the surest ways to avoid being harmed by natural calamities. Praying and calling on Him alone will not really move Him to help, as He said in Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven…”

BIBLE AND THE WILL OF THE FATHER: So, the real challenge for all of us is to know what the will of the Father in heaven is, so we can not only enter the kingdom of heaven, but to survive and even prevail and triumph over natural calamities. The question, therefore, is: where can we find the will of the Father in heaven these days? For Christians, it can be found only in the Bible, and it is only by reading the Bible that we can know His will.

US TROOPS IN RP, A DONE DEAL: Now we know that there is really a move to establish US military bases in the Philippines under the Aquino government, especially with the latest announcements of Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte to the effect that there is a need to increase the presence of US soldiers here as a means to counteract the growing assertiveness of China over the Spratlys.

Valte’s announcements are really trial balloons, for the purpose of floating the idea of increasing US presence in the Philippines, and gauging the reaction of the different sectors of our society. They are in fact mind-conditioning steps to prepare the Filipino people into fully accepting US military bases once more. I won’t be surprised if a treaty between the US and the Philippine governments will be signed along this line.

US BASES & LP 2013 VICTORY: Come to think of it, there is really no Constitutional prohibition against US bases in the Philippines. In fact, the 1987 Constitution, drafted, crafted and passed under the first Aquino presidency after the 1986 EDSA Revolution, allows US bases. The only condition necessary for US bases to be put up once more here is a Senate ratification or concurrence.

Here is what the Constitution says in part about this: “After the expiration in 1991 of the Agreement between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America concerning military bases, foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate…”

Now, with the Senate being fully controlled by the Aquino government, there is going to be no problem about Senate concurrence. These—the entry of US troops and the putting up of US bases once more—perhaps were the main reasons why President Aquino really ensured the victory of Liberal Party senatorial candidates in the 2013 elections.

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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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