KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Bitter Cojuangco Tarlac rivaly resurrects PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 November 2014 13:59

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil…” (1 Thessalonians 5:19, the Holy Bible).

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US ‘THANKSGIVING DAY’ UNBIBLICAL? On November 27, 2014, I saw pictures, greetings, and other posts in my Facebook account (account name is Melanio Lazo Mauricio Jr.) depicting Thanksgiving Day in the United States and in some other places. I enjoyed looking at them and then, suddenly, a question hit me: could the American celebration of Thanksgiving Day be a violation of the Bible, and is, in fact, one more proof of the spiritual decadence of the US?

Many will contradict me in this but, let me ask this question: what does the Bible say about thanksgiving? In at least two verses in the New Testament, namely Ephesians 5:19 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18, people who consider themselves believers of God are mandated to always—at all times, that is—give thanks to Him.

Ephesians 5:19 says “… always give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” 1 Thessalonians 5:18, on the other hand, says “… give thanks in all circumstances…” If these constitute the Word of God insofar as thanksgiving is concerned, admonishing us to always give thanks, why is the US celebrating thanksgiving only once a year? God’s command surely violates this once-a-year ritual, doesn’t it?

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GIVE THANKS ALWAYS, THE BIBLE SAYS: It would also seem terribly unbiblical to be celebrating only the good fortune or the good things in our lives, for the instruction for all believers is to give thanks in  everything—whether good or bad. And I believe that the reason why we are taught to give thanks under any and all circumstances is the fact that the things happening around us are happening for a reason which only God, in His omniscience, understands.

Many a time, we consider an event to be a misfortune, and so we don’t thank God. But then, it would always turn out, at some future time, that the event we considered a misfortune was in reality a blessing in disguise—that is, we thought it was bad while it was happening, yet, it was God’s way of allowing more of His blessings to come upon us. Indeed, we should always thank God for everything, in the name of Jesus.

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RP ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN, 2016 STRATEGY: So, contrary to the earlier boastings of President Aquino and his government, the country’s economy has plummeted and suffered a big slow down during the third quarter, from August, September, and October, this year, from 7% growth in the same quarter last 2013, to only 5.3% in 2014. He has no one else to blame but himself and his government.

Why should Aquino and his government be blamed for this economic slowdown? Because of their deliberate refusal to spend government money, billions and billions of it, for the projects they were earmarked for. Because Aquino did not spend money of the government for the projects they were earmarked for, economic activity slowed down to a halt. Businesses literally stopped because even the government did not want to spend its own money.

The question of course is: why did the Aquino government refuse to spend government money for its projects? The obvious answer is: they wanted to “save” those money, so they will have something to spend for 2015, en route to the presidential elections in 2016. In other words, Aquino deliberately withheld economic growth for 2014 so the campaign kitty of his anointed ones in 2016 will have money to corner Malacanang once again.

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BITTER COJUANGCO RIVALRY RESURRECTS: Why is President Aquino refusing to act on the political squabble that is gripping his family’s hometown, Paniqui, Tarlac, where one of the combatants is even a close cousin of his, Mayor Miguel Cojuangco Rivilla? According to residents, it is because the squabble has resurrected the long standing political rivalry between former Tarlac Rep. Jose Cojuangco Jr., and Ambassador Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., his uncles in the Cojuangco side, and he does not want to meddle.

Jose (or Peping to his followers) is supporting Mayor Rivilla, a son of a cousin, while Eduardo (or Danding to his allies) is supporting a politician challenging Rivilla, who in turn comes from Eduardo’s Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). Clearly, Rivilla’s case has revived Peping’s and Danding’s bitter rivalry in the province, long thought of to have been buried.