By BEN EMATA JR.
IN LESS than a month, the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the king of all kings. By tradition, there will be parties and family reunions everywhere and lots of food and drink will add to merrymakings. December is described as the most wonderful month of the year as it involves people of all ages. Colorful Christmas trees and lovely decorations and lanterns will prevail the atmosphere as the cold air of the month shows its significance. The joy of Christmas is more an attraction to young children who expect gifts from parents and relatives. Over the years, I enjoy more the Christmas songs and caroling that breaks the serenity of the nights. Absolutely, Christmas is a religious affair thus we must honor Jesus Christ in the church.
It is a sad thing that world peace is threatened badly by north Korea’s latest firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile that flew near the edge of the Philippines. It horrified the Japanese people since it landed near its area. Observers said it is an utter provocation and the matter could trigger a big war among nations. It is feared that as North Korea improves its developing of a bigger missile, it might endanger the safety of the United States. The United Nations, which was alarmed by the situation thought the matter was a defiant of measures. It is said to convene to solve the problem peacefully. To me the race of missiles, nuclear weapon and the like are part of world advancement. The only problem is when these deadly weapons are in the hands of foolish people.
I laugh sometimes to think that while the world is facing big problems, our country and some of our leaders go on discussing politic and nonsense issues. We have not even taught our people what to do in case a big conflict will develop among world powers with the use of powerful deadly weapons. Millions are going to die in such magnitude of war and indeed it is bloody beyond parallel. Nobody is safe.
I am calling all rebel groups in our country to get down in the name of peace and prosperity. It is no use fighting the government as it affects the lifestyle of everyone and put a break on our ambition for progress. It has been 48 years since communism has tried to topple our country, but they never succeeded because the Filipinos are against it. Besides, our soldiers are strong and determined to protect everyone as mandated under our constitution If total peace is achieved, our country can move forward and may join the regatta of modernization and advancement among nations.
I wish to advise everybody to take care of their health while young. I guess this is very important not only for all of us, but for our country as well. Getting ill during our younger days can be alarming as it may develop into a more serious consequence in the later years. The strength of any nation depends on the well-being of its citizens. Many nations fall because its people are weak and it certainly affects leadership.
Mindanao has always been a troubled land ever since. The problem has settled deep in the culture and behavior of many of its people. There is no visible remedy except to dance with its music and fight the nuisance around. Mindanaoans have learned to live amid the sounds of gun fires and the beauty it is progressing. People are happy and contented ever since.
I wish to reiterate my previous suggestion to set aside barangay elections and instead let the provincial and city governments appoint barangay officials. This way we can save time, efforts and public funds plus the hatred that may come as the residue of bad politics. The country can save millions of funds. Development of barangays do not crop up from within but from the bigger units that normally is the city or the provincial government. (Bennex News Service)
Dec 12, 2018 0By MARK FRANCISCO THE 18th Charter Day of Valencia City in Bukidnon last Wednesday was made even more pomp with the opening of Robinsons Place Valencia. The spacious three-level mall located along Dologon-Busco-Quezon Road is the only mall of the Gokongwei group to be surrounded with greenery from...
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