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Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:23

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God… The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands…” (Deuteronomy 28:2, 12, the Holy Bible).

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STRONG EL NINO TO HIT RP, PAG-ASA SAYS: Do you remember this? “I don’t know whether we should be alarmed or not, but there is a report which said that the Philippines is likely to be hit by the El Nino phenomenon in the next several months, and is probably going to last very long, according to PAGASA, or the weather bureau.

“Traditionally, the El Nino phenomenon is believed to cause warming of the ocean’s surface and, consequently, the evaporation of sea water to form rain clouds which later on transform into relatively strong downpours.

“But reports suggeststhat because of the El Nino phenomenon these coming months, the Philippines will more likely suffer `below normal rainfall condition’ in northern and central Luzon, including Palawan, and some areas in Central Visayas and Mindanao. Which means, hotter and drier temperatures, and which means, further, less agricultural production.

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CAN EL NINO BE STOPPED? “But whatever way this El Nino turns out to be when it finally comes—whether it would bring more flood-inducing rains or a hotter climate which is greatly more pernicious to agriculture—it would appear from press advisorIES that there is nothing much we and the government can do to stop it from happening.

“Indeed, that is the truth—there is no one which can stop El Nino or even its counterpart, the La Nina phenomenon, which is supposed to be a weather condition characterized by stronger than normal rains. This plainly means we are all vulnerable,  and more Filipinos will likely suffer the death and devastation coming from these rains, floods or dry spells, once again.

“Unless, of course, if we start believing that warming temperatures around the world, and the rains and the floods that have been wrecking havoc in our lives more regularly now, have a spiritual or Biblical dimension so that, in addition to the disaster mitigation programs which the government had been pushing relentlessly, we as a nation could look at what the Bible prescribes as remedies for surviving the foregoing natural calamities.

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HOW TO FIGHT EL NINO? “First, we must understand that under Deuteronomy 28:15, 22-23 of the Bible, there is a warning that global warming and climate change will happen and give rise to fiery skies and metal-hard soils, scorching heat and deadly droughts, and dust and powder falling from the heavens. For what reason? Deuteronomy 28:15 says: `…if you no longer listen to God and no longer obey His commands…’

“Then, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, warned all of us about the impending rains, floods and strong winds. In Matthew 7:24-27, He said these calamities will come and people who listen to, and obey, Him will survive these natural tragedies. But, Jesus clarified, those who listen but do not obey Him will all die.

“Based on these two parts of the Bible, it is quite clear that there is no stopping these natural calamities from coming to the world. But God, in His great love and mercy for all of us, provided us a way out: we must listen to Him and obey His commands if we want to survive and prevail. Translated, this means, we must read His Bible and obey what He says. Or we perish and die.”

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PLEASE WATCH OR LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, a news-commentary radio program, aired at DZEC 1062 kHz and other Radyo Agila provincial stations, at http://www.eaglebroadcasting.net/radyoagila and at www.youtube.com (type DZEC Radyo Agila Tambalang Batas at Somintac 1062 Live), 6 to 7 in the morning, Philippine time. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0977 805 9058. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.