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Help others, change lives: UPCAT story

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO)    LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up…” (Galatians 6:9, the Holy Bible).

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WHY ARE MRT 3 TRAIN COACHES SUFFERING PROBLEMS? We should all be concerned, and be wary at the same time, about accidents and incidents which tend to show the dilapidated and outmoded condition of the train coaches being used by the MRT-3 (Metro Rail Transit 3) line in Metro Manila.

Not only can they cause injuries and destruction of property, but they can also cost us, taxpayers, hundreds of millions of pesos in diverted government funds all over again. Why am I saying this? Well, with the accidents and incidents indicating the decrepit condition of the train coaches, there would be a need for the government to buy new ones, right?

Now, if there is a need for the government to buy new train coaches, some wise guys and favored souls would surely find a way somehow to earn handsome and multi-million commissions, either from the government in the form of overpriced payments, or from the suppliers of the train coaches as “finders’ fees”, right? Wasn’t that, in fact, the accusation of a foreign dignitary some months ago?

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CONTRIVED AND DELIBERATE? I think that what is happening now to MRT-3 train coaches in the past several days is somehow contrived and deliberate. It would seem that the obvious intention is to draw attention to the need to buy new train coaches. Was this not the same scheme which was done in the late 1980s to compel the purchase of generator sets to lick the recurring and debilitating brownouts then?

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GIRL HELPS BOY PASS THE UPCAT, A REMINISCING: As the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and in its other campuses nationwide held its UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) to determine who will be able to enter its portals next school year, I am reminded once again of the story of a boy from the province who outshone the top ten students of his high school class by being admitted to UP Diliman all by his lonesome.

The top ten students all took the UPCAT, but by some quirk of fate, it was only the boy “from the other town” who got admitted to the University’s Diliman campus, and later proceeded to finish two courses there, in a span of about nine years. But this auspicious turn of events nearly escaped the boy, who inexplicably refused to fill up the papers needed to allow him to take the UPCAT.

Two days before the deadline for the submission of those papers in 1973, a pretty girl-classmate of the boy learned that he had not filled up the documents yet, had not taken his photo for the application papers yet, and had not paid the application fee yet. That prompted a surprise flurry of activities on the part of the girl, leading to the completion and submission of the boy’s application form.

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HELP OTHERS, CHANGE LIVES: That was providential because, as I already mentioned, it was only that boy who passed the UPCAT and was subsequently allowed to enroll in UP Diliman, under the student number 73-11158. The girl enrolled in another school, where she also took two courses that led her to finish a very delicate specialization.

Why am I narrating this story? Well, the story shows the power of helping even those who are not asking for any help. If the girl did not help the boy whatever her reasons may have been then, I am sure the boy would have ended up as an ordinary man in their sleepy town, living an ordinary life. But because the girl selflessly helped him with all her might without expecting any reward, that boy’s life was changed forever.

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REMINDERS: Please listen: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, 1062 kHz, Mondays to Fridays, 6 a.m., simulcast over 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and worldwide, at www.eaglenews.ph;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela (every Sunday, at 7 a.m.). -30-




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