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Can not PNoy do something about criminality?

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4, the Holy Bible).

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CRIMES IN OUR MIDST: It was a tragic story, of course, the younger brother killing his older brother simply because the older brother refused to allow the younger brother to use the older brother’s house for a drinking spree with his buddies, but it was made more deplorable by the fact that the younger brother did not even see the need to repent for what he had done to his own flesh and blood.

Instead, Jesus Balachica, 32, fled from the crime scene presumably to go into hiding, leaving his bachelor-brother, Alberto, 45, bleeding to death, after he cut him off with a knife Jesus had been using to butcher pigs and other animals. Alberto died later, but, from the looks of it, Jesus actually “died” ahead, sealing his “second death” in hell with the murder of his brother.

Then, while this was happening in Vitas, Tondo, Manila, a lady-guard in Ilagan City in Isabela Province, Nelia Estrada, was being gunned down by a fellow security guard, Carlo Manuel, on account of an argument over Manuel’s P500.00 allegedly being stolen by Estrada. In Lucena City in Quezon Province, JO2 Eddie Esmeralda, a jail guard, was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding gunmen, for no reason at all.

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KILLING FIELDS THAT IS RP: In Caloocan City, Jose Umbaga, a 47-year old tricycle driver, was assaulted and killed with a knife by his fellow driver, Mamerto Regal. The reason? Umbaga resented Regal’s having enticed away two passengers who were supposed to ride with Umbaga already, so an altercation ensued between them, resulting in Regal stabbing Umbaga several times.

In Plaridel, Bulacan, a 24-year old cellphone technician, John Peter Francisco, was murdered with a big nail in his left temple and then abandoned in a rice field. Attached to Francisco’s lifeless, but severely beaten, body was a sign, saying he was a drug pusher, and that his companion in his illicit drug trade would also be killed soon.

Then, in Bgy. Rosary Heights, Cotabato City, Mindanao, Engr. Oliver Samonte, 54, an employee of the Commission on Audit (COA), was peppered with bullets by armed motorcycle riding gunmen while he was on his way home. No motive has as yet been established by police probers.

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CAN NOT PNOY DO SOMETHING ABOUT CRIMINALITY? Then, Ernie Antigua Jr., a call center agent from Mandaue City, Cebu, killed himself after his girlfriend left him. This suicide streak also claimed the lives other people. Sixteen-year old Jeric Lim hanged himself inside their house in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, after his father scolded him for failing to cook noodles as the father ordered him to do.

Then, a 47-year old pastor, Arthur Gillesania, also hanged himself inside their house in  Banga, South Cotabato, after finding out that his wife was impregnated by another man, while he was working as an overseas Filipino worker in Kuwait.

There are more stories of killings and suicides around the country in just a matter of the last 24 to 48 hours. The media reported many of them, but I am sure there are other crime stories that no longer saw print. Indeed, the question that we must all ask now is: what is happening to the Filipino people, Mr. President? Are we playing out the Biblical prophecy in 2 Timothy 3 and 1 Timothy 4? Can you not, as President, do anything?

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, aired at 1062 kHz, Mondays to Fridays, 6 a.m., 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and 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  (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday,  7 a.m.). -30-




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