KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: PSG & Arroyo palace; Rotarians as Sta Claus PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 November 2011 14:10

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful...” (Colossians 3:15, the Holy Bible).
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NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN USELESS? Now that President Aquino signed the National Climate Change Action Plan to address global warming and climate change, will Filipinos now be spared from death and destruction brought about by rains, floods and winds? No, simply because the action plan does not view global warming from the Biblical perspective. The plan is useless and is bound to fail.
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DIFFICULT LIFE LOOMS AHEAD FOR PINOYS: Business is really bad for the Philippines, as Filipino exports continue to plummet and disasters destroy the economy, according to the East Asia Pacific Economic Update released last Tuesday, November 22, 2011. The solution? Ignore the experts. Instead read the Bible and learn that economic difficulty is the result of our refusal to listen to, and obey, God. See Deuteronomy 28:15, 20 of the Bible.
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NAVOTAS CITY TYPHOON VICTIMS STILL SUFFERING: While many of us scrambled to help the Bulacan and Pampanga victims displaced by Typhoons Pedring and Quiel, it would seem no one wanted to take notice of the equally-grave suffering of some 1,000 or so families whose shanties over the coastal waters off Daang Hari in Navotas City were washed away also by Pedring and Quiel.

The families are now transferred to about 10 basketball courts in the city, transforming the playing grounds into temporary shelters which they are occupying up to now, but then burden of daily living literally cramped and huddled side by side with other victims inside the courts have made many of them sick and despondent and, to a large degree, dehumanized.

Sick, despondent and dehumanized, because there is no air and proper ventilation; at a certain time in the day, the lights are put out to save on electricity; and each family is separated from the other only by stacked bags and other belongings which, many a time, would not be enough to hide the family members from the prying eyes of others even during their most intimate moments of manhood and womanhood.
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ROTARIANS AS SANTA CLAUS: Clearly, the displaced families needed to be helped, and it is to the credit of a group called the Zone One Tondo Organization (ZOTO) that charitable associations and civic-spirited individuals came together last Tuesday, November 22, 2011, and played an early Santa Claus to them with gifts of grocery items, charcoal stoves, mats, and a medical mission complete with much-needed medicines.

The gifts came from Rotary Club of Intramuros, Manila, Rotary Club of Kishiwada East, Japan, and the Rotary Club of Batesman Bay, Australia, which pooled their money and resources upon the request of ZOTO executive director Butch Ablir. Doctors from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila had their hands full, treating patients numbering about 1,000 or so.

Rotarian Takao Shomen from Kishiwada, Japan, Australia Past District Gov. Paul Street and Past President Peter Wood, and Past Presidents Jimmy Lim and spouse Sonia, Art Platon and Arnold Saavedra and spouse Mila, of Intramuros, and yours truly as the incumbent president of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, vowed to come together once again in the next few days to continue helping. How about you?
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PSG GUARDED ARROYO PALACE: The Presidential Security Group (PSG) acted as guards of the “palace overlooking the cliff” in the Dominican Republic, owned by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her family, according to a source. In fact, there should be records in Malacanang of the PSG personnel detailed to the palace, the same source added. Reactions from the PSG?