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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us…” (Romans 5:8, the Holy Bible).

BINAY NEED NOT SAY ANYTHING: No, Vice President Jejomar Binay does not have to say anything about what his stand is on issues affecting Gloria Arroyo, Chief Justice Renato Corona, the pro-abortion bill and the administration’s anti-corruption moves. All that he has to do is discharge his duties and responsibilities appropriately, and that is what is important.

Right now, Binay is doing exceptionally well, both as the second highest officer of the land (he is not salivating to kick out and replace the President, is he?), and as the housing and urban development boss of the whole country (he is putting a lot of housing projects for the police, the military and the poor, right?).

And this is endearing him quite well to 87%  or more of all Filipinos, entrenching his way to the presidency in 2016. The fact that he has gained higher acceptance and popularity ratings compared to President Aquino’s own ratings, even when he is silent on the burning issues hounding the Aquino administration, shows that those issues do not really matter much to our countrymen.

ILOILO PARADE OF BOUGAINVILLEAS A WINNER: The “Parade of Bougainvilleas” organized by Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor maybe mistaken as an imitation of the “Panagbenga Flower Festival” of Baguio City every February, but Defensor may have hit a jackpot in luring more tourists, foreign and local, to his province. Flowering and blooming bougainvilleas appeal quite strongly to a lot of people from all races, because the flowers make them feel good.

If you go to highly successful cities like Changi in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and even in Macau, Shanghai, and Hongkong in China, you will not fail to notice the brightly-colored bougainvilleas that line up the center islands of their main thoroughfares and many of their open spaces. An aura of peace, contentment, and happiness pervade any area a-bloom with bougainvilleas.

TIT FOR TAT IN RELIGIOUS ROW: Angeles City Mayor Ed Pamintuan is right---tourists, foreign or local---must respect religious traditions of Filipino believers and not lightly trifle with them or even desecrate them. But then, do we even have a reason to complain? I mean, many Filipinos practice their faith only haphazardly, and without real obedience to the Word of God, so we cannot blame others if they display the same haphazard faith.

MORENO IS RIGHT ABOUT MISORTEL: Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno is correct in rehabilitating the Misamis Oriental Telephone System (Misortel), even if other telephone companies may already be in the province. Misortel could very well be the backbone of a province-wide communication system which can be relied upon in times of grave disasters and emergencies, especially in reaching out to areas where there are no available national telephone systems. Go, go, go, Gov. Oscar!

THIRD WORLD WAR NEAR RP SHORES? The proverbial “cooler heads” in the Aquino government must be called upon to resolve a standoff between the Philippines’ biggest warship and Chinese surveillance vessels, which was prompted by efforts of the Chinese vessels to block the Philippine warship from arresting Chinese fishermen found fishing at the Scarborough Shoal at the South China Sea, a disputed territory.

The standoff must be resolved fast through diplomatic initiatives, before it escalates into a shooting conflict, which we cannot afford at this point. I am afraid that if diplomatic initiatives cannot stop the dispute from going worse, this could ignite a third world war, involving the nuclear weapons of US and Russia and other nuclear-capable countries, right in our backyard.

by Atty. batas Mauricio




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