KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Bigger scandal in QC land row PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 September 2011 14:26

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Jesus replied, `Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’… (John 14:23, the Holy Bible).
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ROTARIANS TO HELP FIGHT CHILD BLINDNESS: Rotarians from District 3810 of Rotary International (RI) will help in implementing the “Sight For A Child” Program by selecting public schools in their respective areas of jurisdiction where teachers handling Grades 1 and 2 students will be trained to assist youngsters with visual impairment.

Past District Gov. Lyne Abanilla, vice president for classified advertising of the Manila Bulletin and the current chairman of RI’s Public Imaging Group for the South Pacific, said choosing the public schools whose teachers are to be trained is the first step in saving children from blindness, pursuant to a presentation made by Dr. Benita Soltura, an implementor of the “Vision 20-20” program of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

The “Sight For A Child” Program was officially adopted last Monday, September 5, 2011, as a project of District 3810, led by District Gov. Ernesto Y. Choa and the presidents of the different clubs comprising the district and coming from Manila, Pasay City, Cavite and Occidental Mindoro.
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THE BIGGER SCANDAL IN THE QC LAND DISPUTE: Perhaps, the on-going confrontation between Wilfrido S. Torres and residents, occupants and individuals having their own land titles over a vast tract of land north of Quezon City is providential—once again, it highlights the consistent inability of the government to resolve conflicting ownership claims in the city, precipitated by the burning of the Quezon City Hall in 1988.

At the rate things are going, it would not be long before a “shooting war” is going to erupt, participated in by policemen from the Special Weapons and Tactics team of the Philippine National Police and private security guards, and, unless someone big enough will intervene, this war is going to cost the lives of many.

The real question here is this: what is taking the government so long to resolve the land disputes in Quezon City? Is someone deliberately acting to prevent a resolution of the dispute so that the corrupt can profit from the dispute? Or, is the government simply without any capacity to resolve this conflict?

The bigger scandal here is this: the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has a record that the land in dispute, and other vast tracts of land in Quezon City, is owned until now by the government because they are parts of the so-called “unclassified public forest”. Why is the government not running after what it owns?
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HOW ARE WE TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN? Teaching the child in the way that he should go is often a tricky work, unless we are sure about what to teach him. So the question is, what should we teach our children while they are still young to make them useful members of society when they grow up?

Ephesians 6:4 of the Bible says we must bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. On the other hand, Deuteronomy 6:5-11 tells us that we must teach our children to love God with all their hearts, with all their minds and with all their strength. Are we doing this?