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“Salamat sa malasakit, INC”

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 25:40, the Holy Bible).

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“A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH, AN EYE FOR AN EYE”: It was a classic case of a “tooth for a tooth, an eye for an eye” response, really, that President Aquino dished out in his now-infamous January 16, 2015-Malacanang Palace speech, when Pope Francis paid him a courtesy call at the start of his pastoral visit in the Philippines.

I do not mean to be disrespectful to Francis or to the millions of Catholics in the Philippines, but, truly, what did Francis and his bishops expect Noynoy to say on that day? For now it can be told that Noynoy received an advance copy of the speech of Francis, and he and his coterie of presidential speech writers immediately got horrified that the papal speech was a direct attack against Noynoy and his government.

Why, Francis in his speech was truly lambasting the Aquino government on the corruption of its officials, on its insistence on a law that would allow abortion even among the young, and on the ever-increasing gap between the rich (who have become richer under Aquino), and the poor (who have become poorer under his administration) among Filipinos!

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HERE’S WHY PNOY LASHED AT CATHOLIC PRIESTS: So, faced with these stinging rebukes from the Pope himself, particularly on issues that are close to his heart, Noynoy had to react to defend himself and his government, in a way that he has already perfected in the five years that he had been President—turn the tables around, as it were, and harp instead about the “sins” of the Catholic Church and its priests.

That was the reason why, in the very first paragraph of his speech in the presence of Francis at the Palace, Noynoy wasted no time in lambasting the “injustices committed by the clergy” in the Philippines when they first came here as colonizers, and why he scored the silence of Catholic priests on the supposed corruption under the Arroyo government.

Noynoy and his speech writers knew that Francis would be blasting him and his government, right before their very eyes and right inside Malacanang, so he had to strike back, and right away, too! Now, tell me, can we blame him for being “rude” to Francis? Noynoy must have been thinking, “it takes two to tango, Francis, you had it coming to yourself”!

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NEW COMELEC CHAIRMAN TO PUSH PCOS JUST THE SAME: All these talk about who is going to be appointed Chairman of the Commission on Elections when Sixto Brillantes Jr. retires on February 02, 2015, is actually useless, for it is clear that only someone who will obey the wishes of the Aquino government in 2016 will be installed. I am convinced that whoever will become chairman will still allow the use of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in 2016.

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INC DESERVES FILIPINOS’ GRATITUDE: The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) deserves the gratitude, not only of Leyte residents, but of the whole Filipino nation, for completing 500 housing units in Alang-alang town which are to be distributed to victims of Yolanda. No other religious group (or even any other non-governmental organization) in the Philippines has shown such capacity to help Yolanda victims. Congratulations, INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo.

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“SALAMAT SA MALASAKIT, INC”: Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez had this to say of the INC project in his province: “What is admirable with the INC is that it is only one group and yet, they took on several projects which address major needs of ‘Yolanda’ survivors like shelter, jobs and food. Salamat po sa malasakit, INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo.”

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, jointly aired at DZEC, 1062 kHz in Manila, 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 Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m.); and at 92.7 Smile FM, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur at 8 a.m.  -30-




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