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Yes, as Francis asked, we should pray!


(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“… The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective…” (James 5:16, the Holy Bible).


YES, AS FRANCIS ASKED, WE SHOULD PRAY: I say all of us, Catholics or not, should heed the request of Pope Francis to pray for everyone in the Philippines and in Sri Lanka, the two countries he is visiting this week. All of us need prayers, especially those who have proved themselves righteous before God, in the light of worldwide developments showing a growing persecution for those who believe in Christianity.

Particularly, the Filipino nation really needs prayers, as we face interminable and unstoppable natural calamities from rains, floods, and strong winds, earthquakes, and even from many Filipinos who have strayed away from their belief in God and have thus become capable of ignoring His teachings, and from officials whose greed for ill-gotten wealth remains insatiable.

We should likewise pray that we be blessed with the gifts of change and transformation as we welcome Francis into our country, so that his visit here could serve as a starting point for real spiritual conversion of everyone in these islands, enabling us to fulfill our destiny as the chosen people of God to preach His Word and save souls through the acceptance of Jesus as God and Savior.


TRAIN FARE HIKES A PREPARATION FOR 2016 POLLS?Our listeners at the radio program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” (6 a.m., Mondays to Fridays, DZEC, 1062 kHz, AM band) gave a shocking assessment of why the Aquino government insisted on increasing the fares for LRT and MRT starting January 04, 2015. They said President Aquino only wanted to raise funds for his presidential candidate in 2016. Any response, Mr. President?


SHOULD PACQUIAO RESIGN FROM HOUSE? If Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao can attend only four session days of the House of Representatives in a year, is he not depriving his constituents of their rightful representation in Congress? Should he not give up his position as a congressman and instead focus on being a boxer, where he has already reaped so much honor for himself and the country? And, did he receive his salaries from the House even if he was absent?


MAYOR AND ACTRESS DOING SWEET TIME TOGETHER: Who is this city mayor, already famous for his amorous successes during his younger days, who is once again being linked to a much-younger actress who, despite her having had a child already, is still as beautiful as ever? My sources at the mayor’s office tell me that, somehow, the two—the mayor and the actress—have found plenty of time to be together, allowing love (or whatever one may call it) to bloom. Any guesses?


LEGALITIES IN DISCIPLINING A WAYWARD CHILD: Can a teacher spank, pinch, or publicly humiliate a student as part of disciplinary procedure in the school? This is a question which Mr. Juan Santos (not his real name), a public school teacher somewhere in Central Luzon, wants us to answer. My first answer is, no, the teacher cannot inflict corporeal punishment, because that is prohibited by Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

Under this law, physical—and even verbal—punishment of a minor student are strictly prohibited and, if carried out nevertheless, could throw the teacher (or any other person who commits such attack against the child) in prison for 20 years or so. The theory is that, physical punishment, even if it is imposed as a disciplinary measure, is prohibited.

My second answer, however, is that, yes, the teacher can inflict physical or verbal punishment against the student, as part of a disciplinary tactic, in a situation where the child is really wayward, lacking in discipline, and is really troublesome. My view is that we cannot allow these kinds of children to grow up without being corrected in their unruly behavior, for they will later on turn out to be problem citizens.


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