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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 14:03

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing...” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, the Holy Bible).
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QUESTIONS FOR BOC CHIEF ALVAREZ: Again, I am giving way to reactions to what we have written in this column, to show our gratitude to people who not only read our articles, but who take time out to react and write their own thoughts.

From lawyer-newsman-radio announcer Berteni “Toto” Causing, in relation to our item that the smuggling cases which Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez filed were all a farce: “Atty. Batas, can Lito Alvarez include Air 21 and FedEx as among those that shall be investigated for smuggling?

“Lito Alvarez, along with former Customs chiefs Bert Lina and Guillermo Parayno, is a part owner of Air 21 and Fedex. Remember that Lynard Bigcas shipped his stolen motorbikes and vehicles by means of dismantling these into pieces and placing them in Balikbayan Boxes and sending them here through Air 21 and Fedex…” Any reaction, Commissioner Alvarez?
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GOV’T SUBSIDIZING TUITION FEES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS? From journalist Rod Kapunan, regarding our item on “profit participation” allowances of officials of state colleges and universities and of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED): “You should look into the anomalous law that provided tuition fee assistance to poor students enrolled in private schools.

“If parents of those poor students do not have the money, then they better enroll their children in public schools where the money could be made of better use and shared by all who could not afford to send their children to private schools.

“If private schools fear that their enrolment will dwindle because of the high cost of their tuition, that problem is of their own making. They should even be encouraged to close down their business, but never for the government to subsidize businesses exempted from paying income and real estate taxes.
“In fact, the government has been subsidizing the tuition fees of students in private colleges and universities by more than billion pesos already, and that's unfair, much that it does not even have the funds to build more schools; make repairs of the old and dilapidated public school buildings; provide books, chairs, laboratory equipment and instruments for those studying in public school. The law is not just criminal, but downright crazy!”
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DOING THINGS FOR GOD: Sometimes, it becomes very difficult for many of us to do the same things we do everyday. This makes what we do some kind of a routine, lessening or removing altogether the excitement and thrill of doing things, compelling us to become ordinary and routinary in many things.

But there is a way of spicing up things. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him,” Colossians 3:17 of the Bible tells us. Indeed, if we lift up everything to God, not only do we strive to do better, but God grants us the grace to become the best. --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO