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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them…” (Hebrews 7:24-25, the Holy Bible).

GEMS OF EVERYDAY LIVING: Many of us who grew up watching Filipino films in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and even in the 90s, got used to movie scenes showing policemen arriving where a firefight or other violent episode took place, long after the shooting and the violence had stopped. So, what’s the fuss about Manila policemen sleeping on the job while student demonstrators freely vandalized the gates of the US Embassy?

Were not the policemen only being true to their movie portrayals, and so were supposed to respond only after the students had defaced and left the Embassy gates? But levity aside, the act of the policemen, whose department had been sporting the fancy title “Manila’s Finest”, constituted not only dereliction of duty, which is administratively and criminally actionable.

It also constituted failure to obey the direct commands of their superiors for them to be conscientious in discharging their duties and responsibilities all the time. Strictly speaking, this is some kind of a refusal to obey governing authorities, which is actually a violation of what the Bible orders in Romans 13:1-2, Titus 2:9, 1 Peter 2:13 and Hebrews 13:17-18.

LEFT-HAND OATH TAKING AT PDP-LABAN: Quezon City realtor and PDP Laban top gun Leo Hernandez and a fellow Facebook group member known as “Nathanoj Imperial Ibutnandi” wrote to me to say that the oath taking with left hands made by Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and PDP Laban President Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III was for real, and was not an error in publishing. Party leaders, I was told, swear by raising their left, not right, hands. So there, I stand corrected.

P1.4B OKd FOR ALBAY TOURISM: From Legazpi City, Albay, Johnny Nunez sent this note: “The national government through the Department of Tourism (DOT) has endorsed Albay’s aggressive tourism initiatives and has approved a P1.4-billion tourism infrastructure package for the province.
“Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. who was special guest during the star-studded April 10 opening of the month-long Magayon Festival here, announced the approval of the outlay and declared Albay as the country’s fastest rising tourist destination.

“Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the two vital projects under the package are the Cagraray Circumferential Road in Bacacay town worth P440 million, and a road that directly links  Albay with Donsol, Sorsogon, home to the world-famous Butanding, or sperm whale, P870 million…”

PCA PROPS COCO SAP SUGAR AS BILLION DOLLAR EARNER: The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is continuously harnessing the potential of coconut sap sugar to be the country’s next billion dollar industry after it successfully held the First National Coconut Sap Sugar Industry Congress in Davao City, a press statement issued by Thelma Tolentino, PCA press officer, stressed.

Administrator Euclides G. Forbes emphasized that the PCA, together with allied government agencies and the private sector, are furiously working on a public-private partnership program, as envisioned by President Aquino, to tackle the major issues and concerns raised during the Davao Congress.

by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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