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Selling electricity is not all business

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus…” (Romans 3:23-24, the Holy Bible).

GEMS OF EVERYDAY LIVING: When I was a little bit (ehem!) younger, all kids below 18 (or even beyond 18, if they were still living with their parents at that time) were required to be home before dark. It was a rule practiced everywhere in the country then, among the rich and the poor, but, somehow, somewhere in time, this rule changed.

Now, even toddlers no longer feel compelled to be at home before dark. In fact, every child can stay up very late, and, in most instances, can stay up until the wee hours of the morning the next day, roaming and loitering around, with not one from their families looking for them, or being concerned where they are. Why did this happen to the Filipino youth?

SELLING ELECTRICITY IS NOT JUST A BUSINESS: If I were to read between the lines, the speech given by President Aquino during last Friday’s Mindanao Power Summit in Davao City showed that the concern he took pains to protect was that of the private businessmen engaged in power generation. Repeatedly, the President said businessmen had to be allowed to earn while selling electricity to their consumers.

To a certain extent, he was correct, for who is the businessman who will engage in business without any hope of earning a profit somehow? But then, selling electricity is not just a business. It is a matter of public service.

It is a matter of national security, in fact, because without a stable power industry, businesses can grind to a halt, peace and order can go awry, chaos and anarchy can rule the streets, and a country can be plunged in ruin. This is the reason why some measure of government regulation and control is necessary, particularly in stopping skyrocketing prices per kilowatt hour of power.

WHAT IS THE TRUTH RE: SCARBOROUGH STAND OFF? Will somebody please tell the Filipino people the truth about the on-going stand off between Philippine naval forces and Chinese warships masquerading as surveillance vessels at the Scarborough Shoal off the coast of Zambales? What, really, is happening?

I am asking this question because there are many things that do not add up in this affair. First, how come Chinese fishing vessels---all 12 of them---managed to sail to, and arrive, and then fish at, the Scarborough Shoal without being detected by our Philippine Navy radars? Then, how come seven of these 12 ships managed to slip out and go back to China despite the presence of our Coast Guard warship?

And how come the Philippine government withdrew its biggest Navy gunship from the Shoal, and replaced it with only a very small Coast Guard vessel when, clearly, the Chinese have no intention of leaving and recognizing Philippine sovereignty? Are we fighting for our rights, or have we abandoned them at this point?

HOW ABOUT THE FIGHT VS. LIQUOUR, SUGARY DRINKS AND FOOD? So, another group is formed to fight smoking. This is nice, and it is really healthy. But, how about fighting wine, liquor and other intoxicating drinks, which are equally deadly? And, how about fighting softdrinks and other sugary beverages, and also, food items that cause diabetes? No one wants to take up the challenge?

BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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