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Nationwide scandal over fire extinguishers


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked…” (Psalm 97:10, the Holy Bible).

QUESTIONS FOR “ANG TIPO KONG CHIEF JUSTICE”: I have a question to the organizers and supporters of the movement styling itself as “Ang tipo kong Chief Justice” (or, loosely, “The Chief Justice that I like”): is this not a mere propaganda campaign intended to sway the Senate on its vote on the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona? I mean, if this movement is genuinely interested in reforming the country, why not aim for “the government official that I like” to cover all other officials of the land?

Why limit the advocacy to the chief justice alone? Is this group saying that our problems as a people have been caused only by the chief justice? How about officials who favor friends and relations, but who kick the butt of those who oppose them? How about officials who advocate anarchy and lawlessness and encourage the rule of the mob instead of the rule of law? We are supposed to merely close our eyes on their own excesses?

SCANDAL OVER FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo should look at the complaints silently brewing especially among owners of small businesses all around the country: it would appear that, against their will, they are being required to buy fire extinguishers and other firefighting devices from suppliers directly favored and chosen by fire authorities.

I am told that those who refuse, for one reason or another, to buy from the favored suppliers, are denied their fire permits or other similar documents and, worse, their establishments are even subjected to more rigorous investigations amounting to pure and simple harassment. It would have been alright, I am told, if the fire extinguishers are working. The problem is that they normally contain nothing but useless bleaching powder (or gawgaw in Filipino).

GOOD NEWS FOR COCONUT PLANTERS: Here is one good news for Filipinos: a master plan aiming to develop coconut sap sugar will be set up as the First National Coconut Sap Sugar Industry Congress (NCSSIC) is held in March in order to seize more opportunities in a $1.1 billion alternative sweetener global market.

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) and the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) are jointly holding the NCSSIC as they see great prospects for Filipino farmers to capture an international market for coconut sap as a healthful sugar.

“With the increasing demand, the coconut sap sugar industry presents a promising business opportunity for the farmers and small to medium enterprises,” said NCSSIC Chairman Erlene C. Manohar, also PCA project development officer.

BIBLICAL RULES OF SURE SUCCESS: Here are two parts of the Holy Bible which tell us how to achieve sure success: In Proverbs 2:6-8, it is written: “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just  and protects the way of his faithful ones.”

In 1 Chronicles 22:13, the assurance given by the Bible is this: “…  you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged…”

By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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