Come what may, prayer is still the greatest weapon in times of personal or national crises, says an Iloilo bishop.
"Prayer is our most powerful weapon for any and every personal, social and national concern," said Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, referring specifically to the possible crisis if the RH Law is declared constitutional by the Supreme Court today, April 8.
Lagdameo had also called on all the faithful in Iloilo and Western Visayas to pray and to offer sacrifices for the enlightenment of the Justices of the Supreme Court for their final deliberations on the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10354.
One of the questions being debated and taken into serious consideration nowadays in the highly-urbanized City of Bacolod is the proposed redistricting in this Capital City of Bacolod into two: the north and south districts.
There has been two conflicting arguments so far aired in the city of late, notwithstanding the fact that when the idea was first broached by former lone district congressman Anthony Rolando Golez, M.D. who filed the bill and had it passed in the lower house during his term majority of our people welcomed the proposal.
At the time, then Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia and his allies in the city council were squarely behind the redistricting move, but the former Bacolod mayor who now holds the key to finally realize the long-time dream of the Bacolod constituency to have two congressmen and subsequently elect 24 City Councilors for the highly-urbanized City, has expressed a sudden turnaround and became lukewarm to the idea he once advocated while serving the city as its chief executive.
The court decision denying the petition of Dynasty Agri-Aqua Ventures, Inc. to stop the alleged illegal use by the Bacolod City Government of the property in Brgy. Felisa purchased by the city government as a sanitary landfill has upheld the city’s responsibility to its constituents "to maintain a balanced ecology, a safe and healthy environment as mandated by law."
This was the consensus from a cross-section of knowledgeable citizens and the bulk of city residents on the ruling handed down by Judge Remegio Rojo of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 5 which junked the petition for the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
In his verdict denying the Lopez family’s prayer for a TRO, the MTCC judge stressed that the Solid Waste Disposal Facility is an infrastructure project which all Local Government Units (LGUs) are duty-bound to implement and therefore are required in accordance with Republic Act 9003, under pains of legal sanctions for failure to comply
When Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella was slapped with a hold departure order (HDO) by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) on orders from the Sandiganbayan, some sectors had advanced the idea that a suspension order is not far behind.
Truth is, political detractors of the hands-on City Executive, have been spreading word that the two orders would have been more than enough to cut short the mayor’s stint at city hall that could have derailed all his plans for Bacolod, and pave the way for a changing of the guards with the taking over of a new mayor at the helm of the city government, pronto! But did not turn out to be so.
Rumors and speculations on the sad fate of the Puentevella mayorship flew thick and fast, sounding as if the world of the emerging leadership is coming to its doom and inevitable downfall.
Today being VALENTINE’S DAY is a day for Lovers. But who is a lover? Everyone should be a lover, indeed, otherwise life would be meaningless, colorless, and empty. Isn’t it true that everybody loves a lover, and that it’s better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all?
And, above all, didn’t Christ die for the love of mankind? A man who does not have love in his heart maybe likened to a car without an engine, a tree without its roots, a bird without wings, and cannot fly, or a sinner completely separated from his Creator. How sad, how tragic.
DID IT ALSO SAY SORRY OVER FILIPINO DEATHS IN BEIJING?
It’s a tit for tat situation!
Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has reiterated his position not to issue an official apology to Hong Kong over the 2010 Manila bus hostage incident.
As reported by InterAksyon.com, the Philippine head of state cited two unfortunate incidents in the past when several beleaguered Filipinos were killed in mainland China, no apology whatsoever or compensation ever came from the Chinese government. Not even an "I am sorry" from its officialdom.
The twin incidents referred to by the President were: A Filipina doctor from Cavite who was killed by a wayward vehicle, and the father with his daughter who were killed by a knife-wielding Chinaman, both in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This was bared recently by PCOO Secretary and Palace spokesman Herminio "Sonny" Coloma in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan last Wednesday.
The laudable efforts of Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez in holding the first Education Summit in his district, (3rd District – Negros Occ.) should serve as a wake up call for all other congressmen not only in Negros Occidental but similar congressional districts all over the country to also do the same, if only to focus attention on the basic needs and have a deeper look into the many problems that plague the public education sector of the whole country.
It is no secret that education is the "magic engine" that empowers the country’s unending search for a well-placed manpower resource that could keep the wheels of progress and development in the countryside moving faster. A better prepared and educated citizenry is the greatest asset of our society, on the wake of a highly-competitive market for jobseekers and the booming quality of world technology and scientific advancement that require high educational standards for Filipino manpower through quality education.
A well-disciplined citizenry breeds a strong foundation for a society of law-abiding, peace-loving and vigilant members who know their duties and obligations, people who are aware of their basic responsibilities to fellowmen and are always concerned of the needs of the less fortunate among them, who are considerate towards the welfare of others, over and above their own.
Most Filipinos, to include Bacoleños and Negrenses, to a large extent, maybe considered part of a disciplined breed in the world, but only to a certain extent, notably when they are abroad when they follow rules and regulations of the host country, almost to the letter. Why this is so is not yet quite clear, but the indications point to their desire to impress upon other peoples that they, too, are disciplined and law-abiding. Back home, they prove themselves exemplary members of the community especially when their own interests are at stake, and when leaders of their community provide the right motivation and example that inspire their countrymen and constituents to take up the cudgels and follow.
Despite the holocaust of a super typhoon that devastated many parts of Eastern and Western Visayas which left billions of pesos in losses to crops, infrastructures and valuable especially notably the death toll of more than 6,000 people, the Philippines is expected to recover and get back on its feet sooner than expected.
The economic prospects are not all remote or dismal, according to economic forecasters, notably the Euro monitor who believes that investors should not rule out the country’s long-term potential as one of the next major emerging markets to watch, globally.
Furthermore, Euro monitor said, reconstruction efforts will provide a boost to economic growth in this country, especially in the impacted, regions within a short period of time.
On Nov 2013, one of the strongest typhoons made landfall and left the worst damage since records began to strike the Central Philippines.
It cannot be denied: "Climate change which means the world is being squeezed between expanding deserts from the interior continents and rising seas on the periphery," is indeed worsening.
No wonder, international scientists and world environmental watchers are now mere concerned about the question: "Is the cyclone referring to the wrath of super typhoon Yolanda another major proof of climate change the world is waiting – and will be experiencing, again and again?"
This holocaust aftermath is one major catastrophe that should perhaps become a focus of the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI) when it holds its 45th Environment Forum on Monday, December 16 at the provincial capitol. Apart from coming up with an Action Plan for 2014, the forum will also come up with sectoral committee updates in forest, coastal and main resources, as well as swim and water, which are deemed relevant to environmental issues and climate change as a whole.
Climate change, needless to state, means poor and rich countries alike will suffer major hazards: hunger and poverty, diseases like HIV/AIDS, millions of refugees and homeless, and armed conflicts for dwindling world resources.