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Binay Mindanao covenant: Luzon tragedy


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…” (Ephesians 6:10-11, the Holy Bible).

BINAY’S POPULARITY EXPLAINED: Malacanang and its protégés angling for the 2016 elections, particularly Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas, should really be worried sick with recent survey results showing a surging approval and popularity rating for Vice President Jejomar Binay, thereby making his dream of becoming president fully impregnable, barring some major debacle or scandals along the way.
Why is Binay so popular? There are many answers, but the magic seems to be in the manner he is discharging his duties and responsibilities not only as Vice President but as the Aquino government’s housing czar. With these positions, Binay is going around the country and dispensing favors everywhere, and is fondly remembered in return. Binay has to thank President Aquino for this blessing!

NCR BLACKOUTS: MINDANAO SCENARIO ALL OVER AGAIN? First, Mindanao. Now, Metro Manila. What am I referring to here? To threats of prolonged blackouts and power outages, of course. Earlier, warnings were raised that Mindanao may undergo debilitating blackouts due to acute shortage of electricity. The same warning is now being raised in the National Capital Region.
A North Cotabato official disputed the warnings in Mindanao, by saying that the supposed power shortage in Southern Philippines was only artificial, to pave the way for the take-over of the government’s power generators in the region by favored private businessmen. Is something similar happening to Metro Manila?

TRAGEDY IN WHOLE OF LUZON WAITING TO HAPPEN: If a Sendong-like tragedy is to happen in Central Luzon and in areas straddled by the Sierra Madre ranges, the Aquino government will have no one else to blame but itself, if I am to believe media reports saying various requests by environmental and spiritual groups for an anti-illegal logging task force have been largely ignored.
As of now, tribesmen living in Sierra Madre are reporting large land cracks and fissures in Mt. Bantal, Mt. Balabag and Mt. Ilas, which may have resulted from forest denudation and which may cause rampaging floods from waters stored up in the cracks and fissures. Yet, the government does not seem to be interested to do something, I am told. Why?

NLEX & SCTEX TRAFFIC WOES: Finally, finally! The operators of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) have wizened up, and are now putting up, for the first time, more “express lane” toll booths so motorists could pay toll fees faster and therefore exit equally faster during the usual traffic rush on Holy Wednesday and Holy Thursday.
We have been telling them to put up these “express lane” booths for the longest time and are we glad they are doing it now. However, the operators must see to it that motorists will faithfully pass through their designated lanes so as not to hinder the other motorists availing of the “express lane” booths. Otherwise, it will be the same traffic bedlam all over again.

WILL COVENANT FOR MINDANAO SEAS WORK? It is good that the governors, mayors and congressmen of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi signed the “Fish for Peace in Mindanao” covenant last Thursday, March 22, 2012, as a measure to protect Mindanao seas. Now, with all of these officials vowing to work together, all illegal fishing and other acts inimical to marine life in the area will hopefully stop. Or, the covenant is just another promise made to be broken?

by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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