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RP itching for armed confrontation?


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God…” (Galatians 5:19-21, the Holy Bible).

SIZZLING TEMPERATURES ARE HERE TO STAY: Sizzling temperatures should not really surprise us any longer. The depletion of the earth’s oil reserves in the Middle East, the destruction of forests especially by illegal loggers, and the wanton disregard of the environment by almost everyone, make sure that our country and the rest of the world will experience even a deadly 40 degrees Celsius weather.
There appears to be no immediate solution to this searing heat. It is bound to get hotter before it gets any cooler. Unless we try one approach which all the world has neglected all throughout, which is the Biblical approach. We must view this heating phenomenon as Biblically-based, and then seek solutions from the Bible (see Deuteronomy 28:15, 22-23). There is no harm in trying this one, right?

JUST FOR THE RECORD: Just for the record, very young Filipino children can be seen sniffing rugby from plastic containers in many streets in Metro Manila, and no one seems to care. Three places are notorious for this: the center islands of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City near the Christ the King Church, in Cubao near the bus terminals, and at the back of the BIR National Office in Diliman.

RP ITCHING FOR ARMED CONFRONTATION? While Philippine officials are busy dishing out inflammatory rhetoric on the Scarborough Shoal dispute, Chinese authorities are visibly silent with their words, but pregnant with their action, sending more and more gunboats to the Shoal. This gives rise to the question: if the Philippines is bent on finding a peaceful solution, why has it not brought the conflict to the United Nations (UN)?

As it is, its call for other countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to join the fray, as it were, is bringing the Philippines closer to a shooting war. My feeling is that, we really do not want a peaceful solution here, and that we are itching to go to a violent confrontation. Otherwise, we would have stopped talking and instead immediately sought UN and international intervention.

PRESS FREEDOM AND OBSCENE TABLOIDS: There are press freedom issues in the filing by the Cebu City Anti-Indecency Board of criminal charges against a Metro Manila tabloid to hold its owners and editors liable for obscene publications. Is it not part of a free press to publish anything, especially when magazines coming from abroad which contain more prurient materials  are also sold openly in Cebu and everywhere? Why the discrimination?

GEMS OF EVERYDAY LIVING: I wonder if “harana”, or the practice of serenading a girl to profess a guy’s love for her, is still existing in this country? This form of courting a lady left no doubt about the sincerity of the intentions of the man, and showed to the woman’s relatives that the man, in any event, was committed and ready for a marital relationship.
Now, courting is done on the streets, or through cellphones or social networking sites, and some other furtive means. Girls are now very easily enticed to go on a date which, most often, end up in a sexual tryst notwithstanding the lack of a deeper acquaintance and commitment. No wonder there are many broken families and relationships today.

FIGHT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FIGHT FOR MAN’S HEART AND MIND: This column can only agree with the fight against mining and corporate plantation expansion being waged by the survivors of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan De Oro City and Iligan City in Mindanao as these inevitably destroy the environment and bring death and destruction to our people. But the fight is not just on the streets. It must also be brought inside a man’s heart and mind---for him to fully grasp what God wants him to do.

by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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