ANDAL AMPATUAN JR. MUST BE PHYSICALLY EXAMINED: There is now a need to subject Datu Unsay, Maguindanano Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., the prime suspect in the November 23, 2009 kidnapping and murder of 57 supporters of a rival candidate, to a thorough physical examination and determine whether he has any stabbing (or any other) injury in his body.
I am making this suggestion to find out the truth about claims made by Buluan, Maguindanao Mayor Ebrahem Mangudadatu to the effect that, prior to the cold-blooded killing of the victims which included about 30 or so media practitioners, Andal was stabbed by Ebrahem’s sister, Mayor Eden Mangudadatu. Eden was alleged to be one of the 57 who was killed in the carnage.
Ebrahem was quoted in a report posted at the Inquirer.net, the on-line edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as saying that Eden, his sister and sister as well of Buluan Vice Mayor Ishmael Mangudadatu (who is running for governor against Mayor Andal), thought she and her group would be killed anyway, so she stabbed Andal.
If Andal will have any stabbing wound in his body, Ebrahem’s claims would be proved true, and so there is really a basis for holding Andal and detaining him now at the NBI detention cell. But if he has no injuries in his body, that would negate and belie Ebrahem’s claims, necessitating the release of Andal right away.
PRC SETS LICENSURE EXAMS FOR OFWs STILL ABROAD: Filipinos who are now employed abroad but who were unable to take the required licensure examinations for the professions they have chosen while they were still in the Philippines can now have a chance to take those examinations even while they are presently working overseas.
The reason is that the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), under its present Chairman, former Court of Appeals Justice Nicolas Lapena, is now furiously implementing a program that will administer professional examinations for interested overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in designated testing centers abroad.
In an interview with BATAS INTERNET RADIO Thursday, November 26, 2009, Lapena told me that, initially, Filipinos who have finished courses in architecture, engineering, accounting, teaching and nursing, can take those exams. Examinations for other courses will follow later.
The testing centers will be put up in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and other Middle East countries, as well as in Hong Kong and other Asian cities, Lapena said.
The chairman added that the exams abroad will become a yearly activity for the PRC, in line with the thrust of the Arroyo government to allow full professional development for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
95,000 SLATED TO TAKE NOV. 29-30, 2009 NURSING EXAMS: And then, there will be 95,000 or so examinees for the November 29-30, 2009 nursing licensure tests that the PRC will conduct, a record number, Lapena also disclosed in the same interview with BATAS INTERNET RADIO.
Because of this big number of examinees, the PRC will set up additional testing centers all around the Philippines. Originally, only the regional offices of the PRC in the country’s 13 or so regions are being used as testing centers.
But since there is a tremendous increase in the number of Filipinos wanting to become nurses this year (2009) even if employment for nurses abroad appears to be tapering off, additional testing sites are now in place in San Fernando City, La Union, Angeles City in Central Luzon, and in Butuan, Pagadian City, Jolo and Tawi-tawi.
By December 2009, testing centers in Hong Kong for nursing graduates who are already there will also be put up for a special nursing exams among OFWs in the area.
PROCLAMATION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD : “Proclamation of the Kingdom of God ” is the third mystery in the Mysteries of Light, or Luminous Mysteries, of the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians.
An account of this third mystery is found in Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:14 and Luke 4:15 of the Bible. In Matthew 4:17, the story is told that when Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been put in prison, He returned to Galilee, and then lived in Capernaum, by the lake in Zebulun and Naphtali, to fulfil what the prophet Isaiah said.
“From that on, Jesus began to preach,” the same Biblical verse says, and what Jesus started to preach was this: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
In Mark 1:14, an almost identical account is found, thus: “After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee , proclaiming the good news of God. `The time has come’, he said. `The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.’ ”
In Luke 4:15, on the other hand, this is what is written: “He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.” Luke however says that Jesus began to preach after he was tempted for forty days in the desert.
What is the lesson that we can derive from the third mystery of the Mysteries of Light? It is that, there is a need for man, who has become wicked and mired in sin, to repent, stop sinning, and make the good news of God---the Bible nowadays---a necessary part of his life.
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