Watch out: deadly quakes coming! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 August 2016 14:29

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. `Tell us,’ they said, `when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?... There will be famines and earthquakes in various places’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 24:3, 7, the Holy Bible).

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WATCH OUT: DEADLY & DESTRUCTIVE QUAKES COMING: For people in the US, China, Japan, Middle East, India, and in other places which are earthquake prone because they are on plate boundaries of the Earth’s crust, there is a grim warning from international earthquake experts that bigger and therefore more deadly and destructive earthquakes are to hit their respective territories in the days to come.

One such expert, Dr. Behzad Fatahi of  UTS Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering, warned that it is not a question of “if” but of “when”—meaning that, the devastating earthquakes are sure to occur, the only issue being the date of their occurrence, which can happen any minute.

In a media interview, Fatahi said “There are a lot of magnitude 6 plus earthquakes overdue in the Middle East, India, China, Japan, and the US, and no one in the world is safe…” He estimated that five to 10 big earthquakes are overdue, and could happen anytime.

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WHAT DO THE EARTHQUAKES MEAN? To me and many other Bible believers, Fatahi’s announcement is no longer surprising. The truth is that, the Bible contains warnings about the occurrence of deadly and destructive earthquakes all around the world. The most fearsome of these warnings comes from Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.

In Matthew 24:7, Luke 21:11, and Mark 13:8, Jesus said there will be earthquakes in various places. Side by side with this natural calamity would be famines among many peoples, and wars between nations and kingdoms. But, aside from death and destruction, what do these dangerous calamitous occurrences portend?

Two things. The first is the return of Jesus to earth. The second is the destruction of the world or, as some others would say, the end of the world. Of course, many treat these predictions as nothing but old men’s myths, but the question that is compelling is this: if the part of the predictions about earthquakes, famines, and wars, are proving to be correct, cannot the other part pertaining to the return of Jesus and the end of the world be similarly accurate?

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1987 CHARTER: EMERGENCY POWERS NOT FOR TRAFFIC: There is something very important that is being left out in the raging discussion on whether or not President Duterte should be given emergency powers to resolve the traffic problem in Metro Manila. It is the Constitutionality of such emergency powers to solve a problem like traffic congestion, in an area of the country as small as Metro Manila.

I am amused that no one seems interested to talk about what the Constitution provides on this issue. Why? Maybe because they are aware that the Constitution severely restricts the grant of emergency powers to any president, such that no emergency powers could be given to him just to solve a traffic problem.

For those who do not know it yet, here is what the Constitution says: “In times of war or other national emergency, the Congress may, by law, authorize the President, for a limited period and subject to such restrictions as it may prescribe, to exercise powers necessary and proper to carry out a declared national policy. Unless sooner withdrawn by resolution of the Congress, such powers shall cease upon the next adjournment thereof…”

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