Monday, November 16, 2009

PGMA extends PNP’s firearms amnesty

PACQUIAO MUST GO TO THE HOSPITAL, TOO: World boxing great Manny Pacquiao must, like his Puerto Rican foe, Miguel Cotto, also go to a hospital and have his ear and head CT-scanned as soon as he can, to determine if there is more than just bleeding in his ear after his November 15, 2009 fight.

Dr. Arthur V. Platon, a surgeon who spent the best years of his medical career at the Jose Reyes Medical Reyes where he retired after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65 years, insisted on this yesterday in an interview with BATAS INTERNET RADIO.

Platon, a Visionary President of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, said the CT-scan is necessary to assure the great boxer that the three small bones in his ear which help him hear are in order, and that the glass-like membrane acting as a shield between the outer and inner canals of the ear and the brain has not been damaged, too.


ROTARIANS HELPING THE POOR TO FIGHT ECONOMIC CRUNCH: Rotarians under District 3810 of Rotary International (RI) are pushing the frontiers against the on-going economic crunch among many poor and underprivileged Filipinos from Tondo, Manila by organizing approximately 25,000 of them into a “Rotary Community Corps” (RCC), an organization accredited by RI to become a beneficiary of Rotary livelihood projects and services.

Last Saturday, November 14, 2009, members of the Rotary Club of Intramuros and the Rotary Club of Ermita led by their Visionary Presidents, Dr. Art Platon of Intramuros, and Eugene Tan of Ermita, inducted a group of the residents from a place in Tondo known as “Gawad Kalinga Paradise Heights” in the Smokey Mountain area as RCC interim officers, in the presence of their fellow residents.

Immediately after the induction ceremonies, two livelihood seminars on the benefits of “urban gardening and vegetable growing” and cooperativism were participated in by the residents, who are already beneficiaries of an on-going medical-dental-prosthetic missions by the two clubs in coordination with the Rotary Club of Tondo (under its Visionary President, Councilor Arlene Khoa).

The Rotary Clubs’ plan, which drew greatly enthusiastic responses from the new RCC officers and members, was: the residents would be planting and growing various types of vegetables and flowering plants, and then their produce would be sold to a cooperative to be owned by them likewise, which, in turn, will resell it to Rotarians and the general public.

The proceeds would later on be used to buy tricycle units for distribution to the RCC members to be used by them for transporting people and goods, for a fee.


PNP’S FIREARMS AMNESTY EXTENDED: All Philippine National Police stations in every city and municipality nationwide have been authorized to accept applications for the still-going “PNP firearms amnesty program”.

This was disclosed Tuesday, November 17, 2009, by Police Senior Superintendent Danny Maligalig, the chief of PNP’s firearms and explosives division, which is overseeing the implementation of the extended amnesty campaign, in an interview with BATAS INTERNET RADIO.

Maligalig said President Arroyo has issued an order extending to November 31, 2009 the amnesty program which was originally projected to end by October 31, 2009, in the hope of registering some 1.1 million previously-registered (but which are not registered now), and totally unregistered firearms.

All that a firearm holder of owner wanting to avail of the extended amnesty program is to present his birth certificate, proof of billing for any utility and to pay Php1,000 as amnesty fee.


PRAYING OF THE ROSARY IS BIBLE BASED: Roman Catholic Christians practice the praying of the Holy Rosary, which is something that is balked at by others who believe in Christianity on the argument that praying the Rosary is paganistic in origin.

I did some reading on the matter, and indeed, there is nothing in the Holy Bible that says Christians should pray the Rosary, as there is even no mention of the Rosary in any pages of that Book.

But when one looks at the mysteries of the Rosary, one begins to understand that whoever conceived and thought of this prayer, dedicated to Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ, actually was following the examples of many leaders of the Christian faith, enshrined in many pages of the Bible, where they resort to repeating the history of the Israelites, from their exodus to their arrival at the Promised Land, as a means to strengthen their faith.

Just look at the story of Gideon, in Judges 6 and 7 of the Bible, and you will see what I mean. Before Gideon finally relented to be used as God’s chosen one to deliver his people from the Midianites who were causing them sufferings, he had to recount Israel’s story all over again.

This is what is happening when a Roman Catholic prays the Rosary: he is actually repeating a tried and tested tradition of Christian leaders, for he is reminded of the full and entire story of Christ, from the announcement of his birth by the Angel Gabriel to his Ascension to Heaven, taken directly from the Bible itself.


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