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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… One of them, an expert in the law, tested (Jesus) with this question: `Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and greatest commandment…” (Matthew 22:35-38, the Bible).

GEMS OF EVERYDAY LIVING: Many a morning, Metro Manilans wake up to the assaulting smell of fresh dog poopoo neatly piled up in front of their doors and gates. Stress comes rushing in right away, for how could dog poopoo be found in their homes when they do not even have pet dogs to start with? So, where did the poopoo come from?

From the neighbors’dogs, that’s where! And, what is more revolting, from dogs on leash, usually led by their owners or masters on their daily early morning exercises. This is often the cause of many petty fights and even brawls, and the question really is: why should dog owners make their pets move their poopoo on another’s property?

Certainly, these dog owners have not heard of what Jesus, our God and Savior, directed His followers and believers to do, under Matthew 22:39-40 of the Bible: “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments…”

GOV’T IS TO BLAME FOR POWER PROBLEM: The Mindanao Power Summit held in Davao City last Friday, April 13, 2012, gave us a glimpse of what our people in the South are really thinking about the on-going power crisis in the region. To them, it is the government that is to blame, because of its relentless selling of power generators in pursuance of its privatization program.

And yet, Mindanaoans can see a lot of alternatives that could still be explored to ease the situation, like those proposed by Jolo Bishop Angelito Lampon, Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat, and other groups. All that the Aquino government has to do is to listen, and take positive action, setting aside its commitments to big businessmen, in the meantime.

ANTIDOTE VS. HOT WEATHER: Filipinos must prepare for really hot weather in the days to come, even hotter than the 38.5 degrees we already had last Friday, April 13 2012, warns PAG-ASA (or the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration). But, how to prepare?
Read the Bible, especially its Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, that’s how. In it, we will read how to survive deadly hot weather and the other calamities we are all facing now. And before anyone smirks at this suggestion, think: did any of the previous remedies and movements against global warming and climate change prove effective?

BEAUTY PAGEANTS AND THEIR TRUE WORTH: I do not believe in beauty pageants, and I view them as exploitation of women, but that held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Sunday night (April 15, 2012) had some redeeming value: the winners showed that patience and perseverance can be rewarded with convincing victories. In sum, Sunday’s pageant proved that “if at first you don’t succeed, try another time”.

GOV. JALOSJOS’ REQUEST: I hereby acknowledge the letter I received from the office of Zamboanga Sibugay Gov. Rommel Jalosjos, requesting the Rotary club where I am president, Rotary Club of Intramuros-Manila, for artesian wells. But then, the request came in very late. I have already distributed about 15 wells in Central Luzon for this year. Gov. Jalosjos, the club will do something by July, God willing.


by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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