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An agriculturist as Sendong hero


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind…” (Isaiah 66:24, the Holy Bible).


A HERO OF AN AGRICULTURIST: There were many heroes who distinguished themselves in the aftermath of the Sendong killer typhoon in Cagayan De Oro City, but Felipe Gabriel, a 55-year-old Tarlacqueno agriculturist who was in the city propagating a special kind of an organic fertilizer when Sendong struck, stood out by having singlehandedly exterminated the bad odor arising from the cadavers thrown in the city’s dumpsite.

Using a technology that he and his associates developed, Gabriel (or Ipe to us, his schoolmates from the defunct Dr. Nicanor Reyes Memorial Colleges in Paniqui, Tarlac) volunteered, all by his lonesome and for free, to spray the cadavers, which were already very smelly as they were in advanced stage of decomposition, with his liquid organic fertilizer.

As if by some miraculous design, the pungent odor coming from the cadavers immediately stopped or, to a great degree, was minimized. When Vice President Jejomar Binay came to know that Gabriel’s product could also disinfect the environment, he ordered around P1.1 million worth of it, commissioning Gabriel to do the spraying of all the evacuation camps in Cagayan De Oro City to fight off the spread of contagious diseases to thousands of evacuees.


DISINFECTANT FROM ORGANIC FERTILIZER: But that is not the only advantage that one can get from Gabriel’s liquid organic fertilizer. In an evaluation made by a group of agriculturists from Tarlac, it was established that Gabriel’s product has the capacity to return to decaying farmlands the “biodiversified living bridge”, which is the strongest link from the soil to the root of the crops, enabling the soil to regenerate and produce more.

“The biodegradable farm wastes, plants and animal wastes will be decomposed very fast and recycled to build soil humus which is vital to maintaining soil quality and healthy soil biological activities,” the agriculturists said.

This type of fertilizer, Gabriel said, is 100 percent organic, so that it is safe to humans, livestock, plants and the environment as a whole, making our surroundings biologically-balanced, he added. This is now being considered as a “divine phenomenon” after it was proven with quantum fertility effect, Gabriel said.


TALE TOO LARGE TO SWALLOW: Will the prosecution in the Senate trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona really expect Filipinos to believe that they did not know that Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal had a copy of a bank document detailing Corona’s deposits even before congressman-prosecutor Rep. Rey Umali supposedly received his copy from a “small lady” at the Senate? This is a tale too large to swallow even for people without sentido kumon, honorable lawmakers!


KABISIG EXPO AT SM MEGAMALL: The Kabisig Expo Foundation headed by Davao City businessman Danny Guillen is holding yet another trade and job exposition at the SM Megamall on February 22-25, 2012. President Aquino is the invited guest during the opening of the expo on February 22, Guillen told me through a text message. He also invited me to speak on February 22, at 4 p.m. See you there, God willing!


ESCAPING DEATH FROM FLOODWATERS: Running away from  surging floodwaters is just one way of evading certain death, but, as experience especially by Mindanao residents has shown, it is not always effective. The question therefore is: is there a more effective way to avoid death and destruction from floodwaters? The answer is yes, there is, and it is by listening to God once more (which means, reading His Bible) and obeying His command more sincerely, since the Bible is saying that floodwaters represent a curse from God (Matthew 7:24-27).


by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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