Mental Health Act; decaying Manila; Meralco problems PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:34

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead…” (Ecclesiastes 9:3, the Holy Bible).

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ARE WE EVEN AWARE WHY MANY FILIPINOS ARE AFFLICTED WITH CRAZINESS, LUNACY, OR CONFUSION OF THE MIND? I share in the elation of senators and many other officials of the Duterte government in the passage of the Mental Health Act by its signing by President Duterte the other day. It is a big, bold step towards affording relief to those already suffering from mental health problems like craziness, lunacy, or confusion of the mind.

But, the more basic concern of everyone should be, are we even aware why Filipinos (and many others in the world) get afflicted with mental health disorders? Many experts have attributed these mental illnesses to heredity, pressures of day-to-day living, imbibing of drugs and alcohol, and they are largely correct. But for Christian believers who read their Bible, they are convinced there is a spiritual angle to craziness, and this angle is well-explained in Dueteronomy 28:15 and 28.

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PEOPLE GET CRAZY BECAUSE THEY NO LONGER READ, NOR OBEY, THE BIBLE: In gist, these verses say that when people no longer listen to God  (meaning, they no longer read or study His Bible) and no longer obey His commands, His curses are showered upon these people. One of these curses is “madness, and blindness and confusion of the mind”. This could only mean that when people stray away from God, their minds are an easy prey of God’s enemy, the devil.

If we look around us today, it is unmistakable that the minds of many are controlled by the evil one, making them devilishly crazy, lunatic, and capable of committing even the most heinous crimes. If we want to prevent and, if already afflicted, mental illness, what we really need is read the Bible and obey what is written therein sincerely.

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MANILA, CITY OF DECAY, TRASH, GARBAGE, AND RUBBISH? Indeed, Manilenos and other people frequenting Manila should welcome the move of the Duterte government through its various departments to help the city properly dispose of its garbage which seems to be untended at this point.

As the pictures I posted in my accounts in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (under the names Melanio Lazo Mauricio Jr. and  melaniomauriciojr) on June 21, 2018, the failure and utter inability of Manila to collect the garbage and the trash that literally adorn (or perhaps, more appropriately, give a black eye to) many of its streets and public places is unmistakable.  Undeniably, for the last five years or so, Manila has become the city of trash, garbage and rubbish.

And if we think about it more seriously, the uncollected garbage, when viewed side-by-side with Manila residents who sleep on the city’s streets, on its sidewalks, under its bridges and other public parks and places like Liwasang Bonifacio and Luneta, paints an undeniable and stark reality of Manila being a city of decay likewise.

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WITH ITS HIGH ELECTRIC RATES, MERALCO HAS NO MONEY TO PUT UP BETTER WIRE CONNECTIONS? In another post I made in my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts also on June 21, 2018, I likewise showed the pictures I took of the electric wires of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) that literally look like spaghetti noodles which were intertwined and tied around each other, also in Manila. If we look closely at the spaghetti noodles look-alike that are the electric wires of Meralco, we will not fail to realize that a fire could easily result from them.

Sights like these are no longer extra-ordinary. The question is, with its rates being increased on a dizzying speed and frequency, cannot

Meralco spend a little more for better connections? Then, there is one other thing many Metro Manila residents cannot also understand: why is Meralco refusing to connect residents who would want to avail of its electric service? Is it because of the fact that Meralco is a monopoly?

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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!

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:43