How do we assure the safety of OFWs? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 February 2018 13:40

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good…” (1 Timothy 3:1-3, the Holy Bible).

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BIR, TRB, MUST ASK NLEX TO EXPLAIN “PAYMENT REJECTED” NOTICES: I couldn’t exactly recall now if, in this column, I have already written about an apparently long-standing practice I have been encountering at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), where its lighted billboards in its exit points would usually flash the words “payment rejected” after I have paid my toll fee.

The fact is that, up to now, I continue to see those words being flashed from the lighted billboards of NLEX, after I have already paid my tool fees. This has left me wondering if this must be looked into by the Toll Regulatory Board or even by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and clarify from the management of NLEX why their billboards are flashing the words “payment rejected”.

Do these words mean that what I paid (and those that are being paid by other NLEX users) are being rejected by their computers and are therefore not being recorded as payments? Why would it appear that my payments are rejected, if I managed to indeed pay? If the transactions involving my payments are “rejected”, does it mean that such payments would not be reported by NLEX as income, so that the BIR cannot tax them?

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HOW DO WE ASSURE THE SAFETY OF OFWs? In the face of the gruesome murder of Joanna Demafelis in Kuwait in 2016 yet, how could we ever assure the welfare and safety of some 20 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the hands of their foreign masters who are either nymphomaniacs or sex addicts, or are monsters masquerading as humans?

We should have searched the answer to this question a long time ago yet, but it is clear that there is no one in government or in the private sector that sports even a modicum of  interest in finding a solution to the problem of assuring the welfare and safety of our countrymen who had to enslave themselves abroad just to find a living for them and their families.

It is truly disappointing, to say the least, that there is so little interest on this issue, considering that the entire country—the government and the families of our OFWs—have been benefitting greatly from the OFWs placing their necks in the chopping board whenever they seek employment in foreign soils. If there have been no dollar remittances courtesy of OFWs, it is certain that economic ruin would have already come upon our nation, and Filipinos would have suffered all the more.

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DEVIL’S CONTROL OF MAN IS NOW WIDESPREAD: But, be that as it may, it cannot also be denied that the same problem of safety and welfare of our loved ones obtain right here in our land. We just have to look around, particularly into the case of the two-year old little girl who was kidnapped and then killed after being sexually ravished by her assailants.

We can also cite the case of an 11-year old girl from Pasay City who was saved from certain danger by her own mother, who chanced upon her daughter being forced by a much older man to go with him and be his Valentine Date. If the mother did not see what the man was doing to her daughter and was not able to stop the man from taking her girl, who knows what danger could have befallen her, too.

All of these confirm the truth that the devil has now in its control much of mankind already. This has made many people truly bad and sinful, and, what would be worse is that, these people even seem to be unaware of what they are doing. This results from the clear lack of instruction from the Word of God. If we want protection for us and our loved ones, we must go back to God, through His Word, the Bible!

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!