RH is unreasonably
By Fr. ROY
NOW it can be told.
And it needed Senator Lito Lapid who is supposed to be not known for
his speaking prowess to get this data. The budget for the
implementation of RH for the year 2012 alone is – hold your breath –
According to experts,
that figure is even higher than the individual budgets of the
departments of energy, finance, foreign affairs, justice, labor,
science, tourism and trade. It’s even bigger than those proposed for
the Office of the President and Congress, and the entire Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao.
OMG! What a waste of
tax money that would be! What distorted sense of priority! And to
think that the RH Bill does not even pass the preliminary smell test
of morality, and the fact that many of its provisions are redundant
since they are already covered in many other laws of the land!
We cannot help but
suspect there’s something serious that is hidden under the beautiful
features with which the RH is marketed to the public. We have to look
more closely at this initiative now forcefully pushed by women
senators with radical feminist agendas.
We already know that
US Secretary Hillary Clinton admitted that RH by definition includes
abortion. So even if our version does not include abortion yet, we can
suspect that it would just be a matter of time before this evil gets
legalized under RH. In fact, there are now many people in the country
openly voicing their support for abortion.
We also know from some
declassified document that the
has been eyeing the Philippines for quite sometime now for birth
control. It’s part of the geo-political game that the US is playing.
That’s why our Senate
President Juan Ponce Enrile is suspicious about the RH Bill as being
not so much for reproductive health as a tool to effect birth and
And under the current
American leadership, there is also a strong lobby for RH not only in
the US but also all over the world. In the US alone, part of the
Obamacare program forces everyone to get medical insurance that
includes paying for sterilization, contraception and even abortion –
all against Catholic moral teaching.
This has led American
bishops to call this Obamacare provision as an “unprecedented attack
on religious liberty.” It is forcing Catholics to support something
that is against their religion. It is not anymore tolerating people to
do what they like, even if it is against religion. It is forcing them
to support what is against their religion.
The current American
scene seems to be drifting toward creating a welfare state, with the
government taking a bigger role in people’s lives, clearly going
against the social principles of common good, solidarity and
subsidiarity. It is not only spoiling people. It is forcing people to
And to think that the
American political leaders pride themselves of being the first
promoters of democracy and religious freedom and teach other countries
to follow them! They have to be clear about these in their own country
The Philippines would
be in a funny situation if it would just blindly follow the American
model of RH. That is why, we need to closely monitor the proceedings
of the proposed legalization of the RH Bill. This issue has gone
beyond the field of group advocacy. It has become a concern for all of
I would suggest that
the true picture of the RH Bill be shown, discussed and, if need be,
debated upon in schools, parishes, offices and even in families. We
have to be warned about a subtle but persistent campaign to change the
concept of morality itself and to recast the social principles that
should govern our national life.
We are now entering a
stage of world history where the issues that we need to resolve are
not anymore strictly social, economic or political in nature. They now
have a fundamentally moral character and they call for a fundamentally
We need to stop and
reverse this slippery slope to a deeper secularized world culture that
tackles human affairs from a restrictive frame of economics and
politics alone, and ignoring the most basic aspect of religion and our
I must say that we
have been had for a long time by this questionable kind of culture
that tends to separate reason from faith, science from religion, our
human affairs from God. The state is made to conflict with the Church.
While there is
distinction, there is also inherent connection between them!
Privilege Speech of
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
World Teacher’s Day
October 5, 2011
“For I know the plans
I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm
you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Mr. Senate President,
distinguished colleagues, at sa lahat ng ating mga guro sa buong bansa,
isang pagbati sa inyo ng magandang hapon, at Happy Teacher’s Day.
In Jeremiah 29:11, it
talks about plans to prosper us. And when we talk about plans of
prosperity, we talk about the future.
What future do we have
to choose from? Do we choose this picture of a future where the family
is together, where people are graduating, where people have jobs? Or,
do we choose an alternative future – a future of poverty, of flooding,
of people without jobs, and of children having to beg for food?
I don’t believe in
crystal balls, in asking people to read your palms to know the future,
Mr. President. But I do know that there is a means for us to find out
what kind of future we will have. If we look at the teachers today, we
will have our answer.
The kind of society
we’ll have tomorrow will depend on the kind of teachers we have today.
Before I go further, I
want to quote an article from Ms. Tarra Quismundo of the Philippine
Daily Inquirer entitled “Latest pay hike, no relief for public school
teachers” published last June. In this article, Ms. Quismundo narrated
the sorry plight of a public school teacher, who, after dedicating
almost three decades of his life to teaching, lived a life of
financial struggles and difficulties. This, albeit the implementation
of the latest round of salary increases that was approved during the
Mr. Rolando Malicdem
has been a public school teacher at the General T. De Leon Elementary
School in Valenzuela for 28 years. Now a widower, after his wife, a
fellow teacher, died of breast cancer in April last year, he is now
single-handedly raising his five children with a meager salary of a
public school teacher. Indeed, after the P6,500 total pay increase,
his gross salaries as reflected by his pay slips is P14,266. But after
deductions, he is taking home a mere P5,252.
Mr. Malicdem tries to
augment his salary by taking a sideline supplying snacks to the school
canteen, which may make him earn P500 on a good week.
P5,252, plus P500
extra income per week, the total amount has to be divided among the
needs of a family of six. Struggling to make both ends meet, the
family of six lived in a cramped two-bedroom house.
Two of Mr. Malicdem’s
children have already dropped out of college.
incentives like MediCare, decent housing, education for their children
and tax incentives are just a few things that we try to do but fail to
amply provide for a public school teacher.
While this is just one
story published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, we have thousands
and thousands of stories from our public school teachers all around
the country. They all tell us the same thing.
I like this quote that
goes “A good teacher is like a candle. It consumes itself to light the
way for others.”
Unfortunately, in our
country, this is both figuratively and rhetorically true. Ibig sabihin,
Your Honor, ibinibigay ng isang guro ang sarili niya sa pagtuturo.
This is the dismal situation of our teachers, while the great minds of
our country owe their greatness to the teachers who gifted them with
the knowledge to reach beyond what is average, our teachers struggle
to live a decent life.
Your Honor, ang
kinikita ng isang guro ngayon ay sapat lamang para buhayin ang sarili
niya. Pero hindi po kaya ng isang sweldo ng teacher na buhayin at
pag-aralin ang kanilang mga anak.
Just like Mr. Malicdem.
Two of his children had to drop out of college.
What an irony. A
person who is giving his life to teaching cannot even send his own
children to school.
Teaching is the
profession that teaches all other professions. Shouldn’t the great, if
not the greatest importance be placed on it?
I’m biased, Mr.
President, not only because my grandmother, Juliana Luna Cayetano, was
a public school teacher all her life in Pateros Elementary School, or
because my mother was a school directress and a teacher at the Ann
Arbor Montessori School and other preschools in our country, but also
because the Lord has used our teachers to make us what we are today.
Whether they taught us
to be street smart, or they taught us science or mathematics, utang
natin sa ating mga naging guro, sa labas man o sa loob ng classroom,
kung sino po tayo ngayon.
We have at least
According to the World
Bank, in a study in 1998, the single most influential factor behind a
student’s performance is the teacher. Teachers are shaping the minds
of our elementary and high school students.
President, again, the teachers are the victim of their own strength.
Napakarami nating guro, kaya kung itataas ang sahod nila, parating ang
sinasabi ay kulang ang pondo.
If you look at their
salary now, based on the Salary Standardization Law 3, the average
starting pay of a public school teacher is P17,099. Estimated take
home pay after mandatory deductions such as PAGIBIG and GSIS, is
kwentahin po natin.
Kung sa Metro Manila
nakatira ang teacher na ‘yan, siguro pinakamura na ang P5,000 para sa
isang bahay na isa lang ang kwarto. Buenas na siya kung dalawa ang
kwarto. Ang matitira sa sweldo niya ay P8,000.
If they are six in the
family, at a meager P50 a day for six people who will have to eat
three times a day, that’s an additional expense of P4,500 in a month.
Magkano na lang ang natira sa sweldo niya? P3,500 na lang. Walang
pamasahe, walang pang-matrikula, bawal magkasakit at nagiging bawal
bumili ng mga gamit ang mga bata.
Doon lang sa tubig,
kuryente, pabahay at pagkain, ubos na ang P13,000 na binabayad natin
sa isang guro.
Ngayon, pati ba naman
chalk, ay kailangan sagutin pa din ng teacher? Binibigyan siya ng P700
yearly allowance para sa chalk, that’s only P3.50 a day.
Kung titingnan po
natin ang sweldo ng mga guro natin, kung ikukumpara sa ating mga
kapitbahay na bansa, mas mataas lang po tayo sa
at Indonesia. Lamang ang Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and, to a certain
degree, mas mataas ang Thailand sa atin pero sa starting lang. Kapag
15 years na sa pagtuturo, naiiwanan na rin tayo.
Kaya, huwag tayong
magtataka kung bakit sabi ng POEA noong 2010 na 882 na guro ang nag-desisyong
tumigil sa pagtuturo at pumunta sa ibang bansa upang maging domestic
In addition to this
perennial problem, the DepEd hired 22,000 additional teachers to teach
preschool for the K+12 program. 3-4 hours lang ang pagtuturo nila kaya
tinatawag din silang volunteers. But they’re only given P3,000 monthly
allowance. Malayong-malayo sa P13,000 na sweldo ng mga guro.
The present number of
preschool teachers is 29,615. Of this, only 2,200 hold permanent
positions. That’s according to DepEd.
Sasabihin ko sana na
dapat magpasa tayo ng batas para tulungan ang mga teachers. Pero ang
RA 4670 o Magna Carta for Teachers, ay nandiyan na noong 1966 pa. At
imbes na napaganda ang kalagayan ng ating mga guro, makalipas ang
apatnapung taon, mukhang napapasama pa.
Ito ang sinasabi ko na
nagiging biktima sila sa sarili nilang numero. Napakarami nating mga
guro, halos 600,000. More than 500,000 are under DepEd alone. They’re
about 1/3 of the members of the GSIS.
Teachers are required
no more than six hours of actual classroom teaching a day, except when
more hours is needed of them. Even then, it must not exceed 8 hours.
Kung lalagpas, kailangan may additional compensation. However, at
present, the average public school teacher, sometimes teaches up to
four classes a day without additional compensation.
Mayroon namang na
naiipatutupad sa Magna Carta: indefinite sick leave, study leave for
teachers, overtime pays, special hardship, and one grade salary
increase upon retirement. But why is it that despite the fact that the
law has been there for more than 40 years there are still a lot that
are not being implemented, like the transportation expenses for
transfer, additional compensation for co-curricular and out of school
activities, overtime pay for service rendered in excess of 8 hours a
day, which should be at least 25% of their regular renumeration,
medical examination and treatment of P500 a year, compensation for
employment injuries, and reimbursement for travelling expenses in
cases where there’s scarcity of medical facilities.
Mr. President, more
than 500,000 public school teachers share the P41,935,000 that DepEd
has for the medical and dental benefits promised in the Magna Carta.
That’s only P83 for every teacher in a year. Hindi pa sapat yan para
sa x-ray na nire-require sa kanila taon-taon.
Mr. President, of
course, the question is: what can be done?
I know that our
committees are working overtime to make sure that the teachers get
their benefits. Alam ko ang DBM, DepEd, naghahanap ng pondo. But, Mr.
President, why can’t we see to it that what’s in the Magna Carta alone
– the basic rights of public school teachers, are upheld?
Sa K+12 program, bakit
natin pinayagan na kumuha ng ganoon kadaming preschool teachers kung
ang ibibigay lang ay P3,000 na allowance?
From the government’s
point of view, naiintindihan ko na walang pera ang DepEd para
paswelduhan ng tama ang ating mga guro. Pero hindi ko din maintindihan
kung bakit ang gobyerno na dapat pumoporotekta ng karapatan ng
teachers ang siya na ring nagva-violate nito sa pamamagitan ng
pagbibigay ng P3,000 lang na allowance. Why can’t we find the money to
pay them correctly?
In Senate Bill 2353
and in the committee report last congress based on all the bills filed
by almost all senators, we are calling for the increase in the pay of
Kahit saan natin
tingnan, kahit tingnan natin sa EDCOM, which came out with a
recommendation more than ten years ago, dapat salary grade 17 ang mga
guro. Sa lahat ng mga forum at international experts natin, ang
sinasabi, sa ilalim ng Magna Carta, dapat katumbas ng isang tiniyente
sa militar ang sahod ng isang guro. Yet, they’re still stuck in their
present salary grade.
I know this will take
some huge amounts, and I know that all of us here are concerned about
teachers. But allow me, Mr. President, to be one with our colleagues
to express our love for our teachers today.
Teachers are the
backbone of our country’s future. Today on teacher’s day, I urge the
Senate to work overtime and to look at the plight of our teachers.
Hanapin natin – maging monetary or non-monetary – ang mga benepisyo pa
na puwedeng maibigay sa ating mga teachers.
Again. Mr. President,
we’re not doing this only for the teachers. We’re doing this for
ourselves and for the future of our country.
The kind of future
that we want to have tomorrow will be determined by the kind of
teachers we have today.
Sa huli, gusto kong
sabihin na wala sa atin na magsasabi sa ating mga anak: “Anak, huwag
ka muna mag-aral. Kapag mayaman na tayo, saka ka na mag-aral.” Walang
magulang ang magsasabi niyan. Baligtad nga ang sinasabi: “Anak,
mag-aral ka nang mabuti para kapag nakapag-aral ka, aasenso tayo.”
How come our budget is
not translating into that kind of principle? Why is it that our
national budget is translating this message instead: “Huwag mo munang
bigyan ng pera ang edukasyon, pabayaan mo muna naghihirap ang mga
teachers. Kapag yumaman tayo, saka natin sila dagdagan ng sweldo.”
If we want our country
to prosper, if we want a better future, then we have to start taking
care of our teachers.
Magandang hapon at
maraming salamat. God bless our teachers. God bless us all.
Thoughts on Sept. 21
and Sept. 11
By CHITO DELA TORRE, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 21 and
September 11 have two commonalities: one, an event remembered yearly,
and two, they struck uncertainty.
September 21 was
yesterday, but it wasn’t about any of the big events that took place
yesterday. It continues to be remembered by Filipinos as the day when
martial law in the Philippines was declared in 1972 by then President
Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. September 11 was more recent, and became
more popularly referred to as the 9/11 attacks, on the United States
In both, nobody was
immediately certain why either of the events was happening and what
would happen next. Many hours afterwards, thoughts brewed up
terrorism as behind each event, but even that thought was not
intelligently acceptable. Questions pummeled panic.
What I still couldn’t
find answer to is how yesterday in 1972 constables and soldiers
suddenly appeared in the streets shortly after martial law was
proclaimed (in a document which was known as Proclamation1081)? Did
all the military commanders, up to the smallest unit, possess a
communications unit such as our present cellular phone, which the
chief of the armed forces had access to tell them all what to do with
the civilian populations all over the Philippine archipelago?
Marcos’ command to the
military was: “President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers
vested upon me by Article VII, Section 10, Paragraph ('2) of the
Constitution, do hereby place the entire Philippines as defined in
Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution under martial law and, in my
capacity as their commander-in-chief, do hereby command the armed
forces of the Philippines, to maintain law and order throughout the
Philippines, prevent or suppress all forms of lawless violence as well
as any act of insurrection or rebellion and to enforce obedience to
all the laws and decrees, orders and regulations promulgated by me
personally or upon my direction.
“In addition, I do
hereby order that all persons presently detained, as well as all
others who may hereafter be similarly detained for the crimes of
insurrection or rebellion, and all other crimes and offenses committed
in furtherance or on the occasion thereof, or incident thereto, or in
connection therewith, for crimes against national security and the law
of nations, crimes against public order, crimes involving usurpation
of authority, rank, title and improper use of names, uniforms and
insignia, crimes committed by public officers, and for such other
crimes as will be enumerated in Orders that I shall subsequently
promulgate, as well as crimes as a consequence of any violation of any
decree, order or regulation promulgated by me personally or
promulgated upon my direction shall be kept under detention until
otherwise ordered released by me or by my duly designated
summed up the justifications for martial law, thus: “the rebellion and
armed action undertaken by these lawless elements of the communist and
other armed aggrupations organized to overthrow the Republic of the
Philippines by armed violence and force have assumed the magnitude of
an actual state of war against our people and the Republic of the
Martial rule dominated
for 8 years, 3 months and 26 days (not 27 days, as others thought!).
The Catholic Church seat at Vatican city-state had a word to its final
repose. Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła, a Slavic or Polish
pope who lived from May 18, 1920 to April 2, 2005: he died at age 84)
wished to visit the Philippines only if and when martial law no longer
reigned. Thus, on January 17, 1981, Marcos signed Proclamation 2045
effectively ending martial law. [The pope had been on a Pastoral
Visit in Pakistan, Philippines, Guam (USA), Japan and Anchorage (USA)
during the period of from February 16 to 27 in 1981 in what was dubbed
as his Apostolic Voyage 9. He returned to the Philippines in 1995 to
personally attend the 10th World Youth Day in
where, on Jan. 15, he officiated the holy mass at
before 5 million crowd.]
For years, September
11 also became an event to many Filipinos. For the Marcos family, it
was an exciting day. On September 11, 1917, Ferdinand Marcos was born
in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte as the first son and first child of
lawyer-assemblyman Mariano Marcos and marm Josefa Quetulio Edralin.
[He was baptized as a follower of the Aglipayan church by no less than
the founder this religious group (the first Filipino independent
Catholic church), Gregorio Labayan Aglipay of Batac, Ilocos Norte. He
died on September 28, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. (Sidebar:
Aglipay, ordained priest by the Roman Catholic Church in 1898, was
excommunicated by the Vatican and the Catholic Church in 1899 after he
incited the clergy to rebel against the Church authorities. On August
3, 1902, he founded the Iglesia Filipina Independiente in which he was
named as its first supreme bishop. His Iglesia had its constitution
approved on October 1, 1902, and on October 27, 1902, he celebrated
his first mass.)] September 11 also became the Alay Lakad day for
the youths [to Warays, Baktas para ha Kabataan o Baktas Kabataan], as
directed by Marcos.
A few weeks after the
September 21 martial law proclamation, in my own hometown, a military
officer reported to the authorities, as friends and relatives would
tell me later, that I had gone into “hiding” in Balilit. [Pursuant to
a Presidential Decree (one of the earliest of 2,034 PDs authored by
Marcos) Balilit officially became a barangay known as Villa Aurora on
part of a land inherited by my father from his mother located up north
of Buenavista in Basey, Samar.] The tale said further that I hid with
those who were among my recruits into the revolutionary movement. The
yarn was based on the fact of my activities as a youth activist then
(with the Cebu-based Samahang Demokratiko ng Kabataan or SDK,
persuaded to become a member by Adolfo”Boy” Larrazabal, an Ormocanon,
and Jose Salzos of Mindano, both fellow students at Southwestern
University) which enabled me to help convert the convent of the Saint
Michael the Archangel parish church in Basey into our “camp” – thanks
to then Fr. Anastacio Labutin, the parish priest – which in barely one
year became the final stage for planning the first biggest
demonstration held in Basey, at Baybay, where I spoke out the
argumentation of my idol senator, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., Marcos’
arch critic. Months later, I was detained at the Army camp in Lahug,
Cebu, separate from all the detainees. From the date of my release
and until I resigned from the Marcos government, I was placed under
‘Hot’ events, in
By CHITO DELA TORRE, email@example.com
Basey, Samar, once and
for long the mother town of Tacloban highly urbanized city when it was
then Kankabatok (a sitio of barrio Buscada, today the entry point to
the town proper of Basey) is “getting hotter and hotter” as it nears
its 420th September 28-29 annual festivities that are supposedly done
as its people’s way of elaborately venerating Saint Michael the
Archangel, their patron “saint” who, according to old tales, had been
performing miracles to save their town from disasters and calamities.
That’s apart from the hot event today in Tacloban when members of
PARDSS in Basey will join their Tacloban counterparts this mid-morning
to “welcome” Mama Mary and then partake of a banquet in a
get-together, says Ricky Bautista (he said he resigned as president of
the PARDSS in Catbalogan and is now Basey PARDSS commander).
The hotter days ahead
are so magnetic that enthusiasts leave their homes in different places
around Region 8 to spend exciting moments in Basey. Even Basaynons
living abroad have started flying back home. Uncle Miguel Espina, for
instance, left “Kataghuman” (America) early this month and last
Thursday, he personally supervised the hanging of buntings or
karay-karay (in some areas in the region, the word equivalent is
karaykay). He bought varicoloured bunting materials, had them sewed
onto a nylon twine, and caused the long string of attractive buntings
to produce a neat zigzag display from his Espina Bldg. (obviously the
most beautiful skyscraper as of date in the town) to the buildings
across San Roque street in Baybay (business section of the town that
lies close to the seaside on the northeast). A basketball tournament
continues to unfurl at the town’s gym.
By September 27, via
the Banigan-Kawayan Festival 2011, the town will launch the first
PAHINUNGOD – a tribute to Bungansakit, the beautiful (mabaysay, in the
dialect) maiden from whose beauty Basey was said to have gotten its
name (although this is debatable as some Basaynons had tried to
clarify years ago) – in riverine village Magallanes. There priests
(Ely Solis and Andy Pacoli) will officiate the blessing of the
so-called legendary and historical Bungansakit Well and Pamintu-ogon
Tree, Magallanes punong barangay Lourdes Viojan will give a message,
town officials (led by mayor Igmedio Junji E. Ponferrada, vice-mayor
Raul Sendic Bajas and the sangguniang bayan members) will offer
flowers to Bungansakit, Suguijon and the legendary/historical family.
The floral offering will be followed by the unveiling of Bungansakit
Well Development Plan, posoting of a copy of the Bungansakit Well
Historical Landmark Ordinance 2011 of Basey, inspirational message by
mayor Junji, formal presentation of the Guibaysayi and Suguijon
pageant candidates, ceremonial coin-throwing to the Bungansakit
Wishing Well by the general public, and closing remarks by vice-mayor
Of course, Department
of Tourism regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes and party will attend
the elaborate ceremony. Part 2 of that event will be the banquet on
native delicacies – iraid, sinahog, put nga may kape, tableya (aw,
tsokolate) o luy-a. In the evening of Sept. 29, from 6 to 9,
BARANDAHAY HA BASAY will wow audiences coming from all over the world.
That‘s when music bands from various parts of Eastern Visayas will
compete in the first regional open battle of the bands for Waray-Waray,
local autonomy and environmental songs. The event, to be held at the
gym, was originally slated for tomorrow, Sept. 19 but had to be reset
to fiesta day, Sept. 29.
Right in Basey last
Thursday and Friday, as Baktas Kabub’wason Rural Workers Association
officers discussed preparations for its September 27 annual general
assembly, Baktas prexy Teodorico D. Porbus and second Tuba-Tuba
advocate Domingo Oñate noted the extreme temperatures experienced
during the passing week, that kept them and other agrarian farmer
beneficiaries like them from toiling in their farms. They noted the
temperature rising between 32 and 39 degrees celsius by daytime, and
lowering to an average of 30 by midnight. Temperature from 1 a.m. to
3 a.m. last Friday played between 31 and 32 degrees celsius. One
noted the room temperature sticking up at 37°C then took the
temperature in the open road at 3 p.m. – it was 40!!! and at the
second floor of a relative’s house, it went much higher to 49!!!! and
complained he got a severe headache after his head went awfully hot!
Baktas prexy Dioring
remarked some people braving the hot days in the bald mountains would
suffer from dehydration, such that they should be advised to take
extra precautions by limiting their hard work or trek under the hot
sun or by bringing plenty of drinking water. For part, Doming said he
could not imagine how the heat wave could affect Filipinos.
A Yahoo user remarked
last Friday as the question was posed whether summers are getting
hotter: "That is definitely happening here in Texas! Last winter was
one of the snowiest, and this summer has had record breaking
temperatures." Meanwhile, OurAmazingPlanet posted in its blog site:
"Sprawling Cities Getting Hotter Faster", saying: “The number of
extreme hot summer days is increasing around the world with global
warming, but sprawling cities are racking up these sweltering days
faster than more compact cities are, a new study finds.
“This finding could be
important to city planners, particularly because heat waves are a
killer worldwide (heat waves kill more
residents than any other natural disaster) and the number of hot days
is expected to increase as climate change ramps up.”
Last Monday, Stephens
said in the internet: “It doesn't occur to our team of scientists that
the earth is preparing for the final days of history as we know it. It
is preparing for millennial conditions – the bottomless pit is the
same place as the deep void in the beginning.
“The earth is heating
from within. Evidenced by increasing magma flows beneath Yellowstone.
Evidenced by the increasing temperature of Kilimanjaro. And of course,
evidenced by what is reported here.
“If you want to
understand what is happening here, I suggest going to the source of
information most true, The Holy Bible, King James preferably.”
Weather in Tacloban
was reported at 33 degrees celsius last Friday and forecast on the
maximum to be only 31 this morning but going higher to 32 this
afternoon and decreasing to 27 tonight (September 18). Tomorrow and
the next day (Sept. 19 and 20), it is placed on the same level.
To a few watchers, the
temperature could be much, much higher by mid-October. That belief
may be stronger among those who believed in Harold Camping’s
prediction of the world’s end by Oct. 21, 2011.
Farmers, though are
praying to God that rain will be back to normal soon so that
replanting of rice fields can already heavily start.