Monday, June 14, 2010

Cebu tragedy bares ills in RP foreign residency training

TWO MOONS IN THE SKIES IN AUGUST 2010: Rolando Marasigan, a fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Intramuros, Manila, under District 3810 of Rotary International, shared this exciting email with me on the appearance of two moons gracing the evening skies of the whole world on August 27, 2010.

The email reads: “27th August the whole world is waiting for...Planet Mars will be the brightest in the night sky starting August. It will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. This will culminate on August 27 when Mars comes within 34.65 million miles off earth.

“Be sure to watch the sky on August 27, 12:30 am. It will look like the earth has two moons. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Share this with your friends as NO ONE ALIVE TODAY will ever see it again...”


CEBU ACCIDENT EXPOSES DISCRIMINATION IN RP MEDICAL RESIDENCY TRAINING FOR FOREIGNERS: The accident in Balamban, Cebu that claimed the lives of about 22 Iranian doctors and medical practitioners should be a cause for alarm among Filipinos not only on the sorry state of roads and highways in the country but more on the manner by which the government, particularly the Department of Health, has been flip-flopping on the entry of foreign doctors to undergo residency training in the Philippines.

Why a cause for alarm? Well, the sheer number of Iranian doctors who died in that Cebu tragedy shows that while some foreigners are liberally and generously allowed to come into the Philippines and then undergo residency training among our doctors here, some other foreign nationals are inexplicably not allowed to do so.

I shudder and refuse to think that some divine intervention caused the accident to happen, perhaps to focus our attention on this shameful malady in foreign residency training in this country at this point. Why is there a discrimination in the training program such that some foreigners are accepted while others are not? What gives? Or, perhaps, what takes?


BI CHIEF LIBANAN: WHY ARE THERE MANY FOREIGNERS IN RP? I have asked literally the same question already before, in this same column: why is it that there appears to be too many South Koreans, Indian nationals, and other foreigners now in this country of ours?

What, really, is the official policy now of the government, through the Bureau of Immigration, when it comes to allowing foreigners to come here and, from all indications, live in this country permanently?

Whether Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan is aware of it or not, the entry of so many foreigners to the Philippines under his watch confirms a Biblical prophesy for people who no longer listen to God and no longer obey His commands and decrees---a nation whose language we do not know will descend upon us, live an economically superior life, lend to us, and then lead us, even in politics (Deuteronomy 28:43-44 and 47, Holy Bible).


BIBLE TRIVIA, PART II: WATER ABOVE THE SKY? If you are a Bible reader, you will not fail to notice that under its Genesis 1:6-8, there is a part of creation which indicates that there is a place higher than the sky, which is actually water.

Here is what that part of the Bible says: “And God said, `Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse `sky’. And there was evening, and there was morning---the second day.”

Clearly, there is water below (evidently the water here on earth), and there is water beyond the sky. We must note that the sky seems to be a “middle section” separating the water below and the water above. Given this information from the Bible, is it right to say that God’s dwelling place up there beyond the sky is water?

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