KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Violence rises in Hacienda Luisita PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 December 2011 13:17

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people…” (Proverbs 14:34, the Holy Bible).
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SENDONG TRAGEDY FORETOLD 2,011 YEARS AGO: It is correct that the death and destruction in Cagayan De Oro City and Iligan City in Mindanao have been foretold, but that accurate prediction of the Sendong disaster was made not just three years ago, as news reports are saying, but some 2,011 years or so ago yet.

Jesus, our God and Savior, predicted this kind of a tragedy from rains, floods and wind, and His prediction was recorded for posterity and for everybody to see in the Bible, in its Matthew 7:24-27. The bad news is that the Sendong tragedy would not be the last, and the 1,000 or so Filipinos who died last week would not be the last victims either of rains, floods and wind.

The good news is that Jesus has provided a way out against these natural calamities. He said, in Matthew 7:24-25, that we must listen to His Word (in other words, read the Bible), and obey His Commands. If we listen to, and obey, Him, rains, floods and winds may come, but we will not suffer nor die. So what are we waiting for? Let us start reading the Bible, and begin obeying Him, to be saved.
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PNOY MUST LEAD SPIRITUAL RENEWAL FOR PINOYS: President Aquino is correct, his government could have done more to prevent the Sendong tragedy from happening. But then, it would all depend on what the government would be doing to prepare. Right now, no amount of human preparation can prevent the death and destruction from rains, floods and wind. President Aquino must direct a spiritual renewal for Filipinos, based on the Bible, as a necessary instrument for survival.
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SAINT PAUL ALUMNA AMONG THOSE KILLED: Among those who died from the Sendong rains and floods were Crystal Padilla, 22, and her older sister, Michelle, who were engulfed by rampaging waters when they tried to save their grandmother from drowning. Crystal was a graduate of Saint Paul College in Pasig City, and was a classmate of my daughter, Maria Luisa, in high school. Crystal worked in Cagayan after finishing her collegiate education from Ateneo de Manila, just so the grandmother would have someone to look after her.
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VIOLENCE CONTINUES TO GRIP HACIENDA LUISITA: Violence continues to grip Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac City even as the Supreme Court has already been asked to clarify its order distributing lands of the vast estate. Reports from the Philippine Star said some 300 hectares of sugar cane plantation of independent sugar producers in the Hacienda were burned down by men led by local officials.

“Police are investigating the alleged involvement of Barangay Balete councilmen Paul Mallari and Hilario Hipolito, Leonila Halili, Dominador Salian, all of Barangay Balete and Felix Nacpil of Barangay Mabilog, Concepcion, Tarlac. The suspects reportedly led at least 30 farmers that started the blaze,” the Star report in its December 21, 2011 issue said.

The Supreme Court must clarify its order of distribution more expeditiously, as chaos and anarchy are breeding violence which can go out of control, not only in the Hacienda, and not only in Tarlac, but also in the entire country. If wayward persons are not penalized for their violent acts, this may encourage others from other landed estates to become violent, too.
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SC IN A QUANDARY OVER IMPEACH CASES: Now, the Supreme Court is in a quandary with the petitions that were filed with it questioning the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona. Will it act or not, is the question that it must resolve. The problem is, if the Supreme Court acts in favor of Corona, it could be branded as protecting him. If it does not act, it would be abdicating its Constitutional duty. If it acts adverse to Corona, that would expose all the other appointees of Gloria Arroyo to the same fate.