KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: SBMA failures; GMA doctors’ fees; global warming PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 November 2011 13:30

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the LORD. `Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’…” (Isaiah 1:18, the Holy Bible).
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SBMA OFFICIALS SHOULD RESIGN OVER INVESTMENT DROP: Here is one bad news from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA): foreign direct investments (FDIs) in that freeport for the first nine months of 2011 dropped a whooping 99.21 percent. From US$1.12 billion for the same period in 2010, only US$8.8 million came in as FDIs from January to September 2011.

Regardless of what happened here, this should compel whoever is leading SBMA to resign immediately, and allow other more competent people to steer the agency towards its vital role as a business center that could generate revenues for the government and steady income for Filipinos.

To me, the almost 100 percent drop in foreign direct investments in SBMA could only mean lackadaisical performance from SBMA officers, something that should not be allowed to go on. Otherwise, there maybe a need to close SBMA altogether, as it has clearly lost its reason for being.
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WHY SHOULD THE GOV’T SPEND FOR GMA’S DOCTORS? If the Aquino government will shoulder the expenses for bringing in foreign doctors who will treat Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, where will it get the money for this enterprise? I am sure the government will be able to find the money to pay for the doctors and to bring them to the Philippines, but then, why should government money be used for a purely private undertaking?

There are other Filipinos out there who are having health and other problems of their own, equally debilitating as Gloria’s health problems, and yet, the government is not doing anything for them similar to what it plans to do for the former president. I say, if foreign medical experts are to be flown in to treat Gloria, let her spend for it.
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GLOBAL WARMING AND ITS SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS: Now, we have an official confirmation that efforts of rich and powerful countries at fighting global warming and climate change yielded nothing at all: Pierre Calame, the director of the French humanitarian group Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation, said so, in a press briefing in Manila.

Calame said: “The first decennium of the 21st century has witnessed repeated failures (in the fight against global warming and climate change).” So he is urging the Philippines to lead Asia and the rest of the developing world in pushing for meaningful changes in the approach to global warming during the Earth Summit in Brazil in 2012.

This is a wonderful honor, but how should the Philippines do it? Evidently, all the plans and programs of the rich and the mighty of the world failed, so the Philippines cannot just repeat those plans and programs all over again. It should come up with something else—perhaps, finding a solution from the spiritual and Biblical  perspectives?
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BIBLICAL CHARACTERS, III: After God, and after Adam and Eve, the next important Biblical character, introduced under Chapter 3 of Genesis, is the “serpent”, described as “more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made” and which was responsible for making Adam and Eve commit the first-ever sin of disobeying God. Can anyone tell me why was it necessary for God to create the “serpent”? Email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com.