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Tragedies from rains, Dinky’s relief mess in 2011


(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint…” (Isaiah 40:31, the Holy Bible).


MARY, BLESSED AMONG ALL WOMEN: After Mary was assured by Gabriel, the angel who “walks in the presence of God”, that she was to give birth to the “Son of the Most High” and whom she was to name “Jesus”, she got the highest accolade ever given to any woman on earth: Gabriel told her “Blessed are you among women, because you found favor with God”. Indeed, who is Mary to deserve this honor?


COLUMN FROM 24 JUNE 2011: “FILIPINOS NOW FEAR THE RAIN: When many of us were younger, rains were welcomed with glee and gladness. For rainwater then solely meant the onset of planting season, allowing our farmers to re-start the cycle of agricultural production which sustains the country’s economy. But nowadays, Filipinos have learned to fear rain and dread the water it brings.

“Why? Because, suddenly, with rains come floods, and with floods, death and destruction. If it is any consolation though, this is now the rule not only in the Philippines but in the whole world as well. As Filipinos suffer from rains, floods and strong winds, all others worldwide are suffering from the same phenomenon.

“But if the truth be told, it need not be this way. If only we listened, intently enough, to what the Lord Jesus said in the Bible, in Matthew 7:24-27, mankind would have avoided the death and destruction, because He provided a solution against destructive rains, floods and strong winds.


“WARNING BY JESUS ABOUT RAINS, FLOODS AND WINDS: Here is what Jesus said: `Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

‘But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash,’ Jesus concluded. 

“If we read closely what the Lord said, He was actually saying that the rains, floods and strong winds will surely come. He knew that these natural calamities will come to the world and would bring death and destruction. That was the reason why He urged each one of us to hear His Word and obey His commands—to enable us to be saved. So what are we waiting for?


“DINKY SOLIMAN AND THE COTABATO AID MESS: Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani is standing his ground, and is insisting his constituents have not received any aid from the national government yet despite their misfortune due to the rains and floods that visited the city. And, despite Malacanang denials, I am prone to believe him.

“A report by ABS CBN TV Patrol confirmed Guiani’s lament: millions of relief bags were found stocked and undistributed at the warehouse of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Cotabato City, notwithstanding the clamor for more aid from hapless city residents. 

“Indeed, while President Aquino may have authorized the release of some P10 million for the Cotabato City flood victims, and the money was immediately sent, it would seem DSWD sabotaged the Chief Executive by holding on to, and not distributing, the relief bags. Dinky Soliman has a lot of explaining to do here.”


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