KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Rotary Int’l historical first? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 13:22

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me...” (Revelation 3:14, 20, the Holy Bible).
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UNSOLICITED ADVICE ON MUSLIM SUB-STATE: Here’s one piece of unsolicited advice for the Aquino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the issue of a Muslim sub-state being created in Mindanao: whatever the proposals and counter-proposals maybe, all of them should already be published and laid bare before the public, here and now.

This is to avoid speculations and assumptions which may yet derail the negotiations. The fact is that even now, emotions are already running high because published reports are saying that the present coverage of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which will be the basis for the Muslim sub-state, would be expanded even further to cover more provinces, cities and municipalities.

While this may sound great for our Muslim brothers in the South, many Christians and those who are opposed to being placed under Muslim rule, even only on a sub-state basis, will surely not like it. This will create more problems. The wise thing therefore is to publicize everything now so full discussions could be had on the issue.
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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL FIRST? Pardon my saying so for I am appearing to be self-serving on the matter, but I wish to announce that the Rotary Club of Intramuros-Manila of District 3810 of Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Pokhara-Nepal, under District 3292, made a historic first last Thursday, August 11, 2011.

A joint meeting of sorts was made by the two clubs, even if they were separated by several thousand miles of land and water. The members of the Rotary Club of Intramuros were at the Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila, the regular venue of their weekly meetings, while the members of the Rotary Club of Pokhara were in Pokhara, Nepal.

The joint meeting was made possible by an Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol call, during which the proceedings of the Rotary Club of Intramuros—including the speech of the day’s guest speaker, an Australian-based Pakistani pushing for providing loans to the poor so they could engage in business—were beamed to the officers and members of the Rotary Club of Pokhara, led by their President Rajendra Ligal.

President Ligal and myself, as the ChangeMaker President of the Rotary Club of Intramuros for Rotary Year 2011-2012, agreed to hold more joint meetings, via the Internet, to discuss the execution of a sister-club agreement, and to carry out joint projects for the poor and the needy of the Philippines and Nepal.
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“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD”: Here’s a powerful prayer, taken from Psalm 23 of the Holy Bible: “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever…” --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO