KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Expired goods for Sendong victims? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 January 2012 14:14

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus…” (Galatians 3:26-28, the Holy Bilbe).
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FILIPINOS IN ITALY BANNED FROM USING MIDDLE NAMES? Carlito Buhawe Senicolas is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Cebu who has been working for the last 28 years in Italy. He sent me a request for assistance through my Facebook account, Melanio Lazo Mauricio Jr., which is quite unique: he wants the Philippine government to help OFWs in Italy to retain their middle names!

Senicolas told me that it was Philippine Ambassador to Italy Romeo Manalo who is responsible for ordering OFWs in that country to stop using their middle names, against the wishes of our countrymen who understanbly value their middle names. Perhaps, the Department of Foreign Affairs can explain this?
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ANYONE NEEDING PR WORK? Some friends who are experts in newspaper reporting, editing, and publishing told me they have grouped themselves into a de facto public relations group, whose services can be availed of by interested parties nationwide, especially those who want to publicize what they are doing or what they have achieved among their constituents.

These friends asked me if I can refer PR work to them. I guess, yes, I can. This is a lot better than “envelopmental” journalism, right? So, anyone out there wanting to be featured or needing a PR job for whatever reason? Call me at 0917 984 24 68 or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com. Anywhere you are in the Philippines, my friends can help you. Try them.
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FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, TEAR GAS, MEMORIAL PLANS, CURTAINS, FISH, FOR SALE: Likewise, as the incumbent president of the Rotary Club of Intramuros-Manila, District 3810 of Rotary International, I am helping the poor who are members of the seven Rotary Community Corps (RCC) which I established at the start of my term last July 01, 2011 with livelihood programs which allow them to sell fire extinguishers, tear gas for self-defense, memorial and other pre-need plans, personal products, curtains, uniforms, and even live fish or marine products.

Whoever you are, or wherever you maybe—here or abroad—please help the Rotary Club of Intramuros push these livelihood programs for the RCC members. You can buy the products the RCC members are selling. This is a lot better than dole outs. Lawyer Mat Caparas, the first Filipino president of Rotary International, started the establishment of RCCs in 1986 inspired by our “bayanihan spirit”, and it has gone worldwide since then. Call me at 0917 984 24 68 or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com.
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EXPIRED DONATIONS FOR SENDONG VICTIMS? PAGING RED CROSS: Paging the Philippine National Red Cross. Here is a text message, translated from Filipino to English, from someone who claims he is a resident of Valencia, Bukidnon: “Good morning, Atty. Batas Mauricio. I am amazed by the people from government, especially from Red Cross. Instead of helping us victims of Sendong, they seem to be giving us more problems.

“We line up for hours, sometimes for a full day, for the relief goods and donations they will give us. We are happy because, somehow, we receive something. But it is irritating us no end to find out, after we reach our homes, that the products given to us cannot be eaten or used anymore because they have expired! Perhaps, it is better if we change `Red Cross’ to `Black Cross’…from Valencia, Bukidnon.” The texter’s number is 09268869639.
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FIRST NATIONAL CONGRESS ON GOOD GOVERNANCE: Will the “First National Congress on Good Governance” at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, on January 13 to 15, 2012, among the country’s young leaders, yield something good for Filipinos? It depends, particularly on what the young leaders will be taught there. I hope the organizers will have something—anything, in fact—on what the Bible says is good governance and effective leadership. If there is none, that congress will just be another failure.

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