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What is the right way, Mr. Obama?

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Atty. Batas Mauricio
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 14:27, the Holy Bible).
            SO, POTUS OBAMA, WHAT IS THE “RIGHT WAY” VS. DRUGS? US President Barack Obama’s urgings that President Duterte should conduct the Philippine anti-drug campaign in the “right way”, without even pretending to specify what, indeed, is the “right way” in the campaign to eliminate or at least minimize the scourge of illegal drugs, smacks of a useless peroration coming from a leader who himself failed to combat drugs in his own country.
            I mean, Obama’s tirade against the violent and deadly war against drugs in the Philippines could have been more meaningful and relevant if he, at the same time, offered specific solutions to combatting the menace that, in the course of several generations, either killed or disabled many Filipinos.
            That there was no solution at all from Obama showed that he, as the US leader, merely wanted to portray himself as a leader whose sole desire was to free-ride on a higher moral ground at the expense of Duterte, and make the Philippine leader look like a monster of a leader. To me, it would have been a lot better for Obama to have remained silent on the issue.
            HERE’S A WORTHY ROTARY PROJECT: RECOGNIZING GOV’T EMPLOYEES ANNUALLY: There is a need to institutionalize a system of regularly recognizing and giving awards to teachers and other employees of the government, separate, distinct, and independent from current award-giving activities being undertaken by private foundations like the Metrobank Foundation.
            Unknown to many, many teachers and government employees discharge their duties and responsibilities with the highest degree of professionalism and efficiency, and yet they are not only unrecognized and therefore are unappreciated in their gallant and heroic efforts, but are even subjected to so much abuse by their own superior officers sometimes.
            Perhaps, Rotarians from all over the Philippines can pool their resources together and launch this kind of a project, similar to the journalism awards handed out annually by the Rotary Club of Manila, the oldest Rotary Club in the Philippines which was established here in 1919. With 30,000 or so Rotarians from Aparri to Jolo, they can monitor who is serving well and deserving of recognition.
            MANILA ROTARIANS PUSH PEACE PROJECTS: Rotary International, with its 32,000 clubs and about 1.2 million members around the world, had been embarking on “peace and conflict initiatives” in the four corners of the globe, in the hope of ending age-old disputes or, at least, preventing them from erupting into major wars waged by nations against nations, kingdoms against kingdoms.
            This is a greatly laudable direction for Rotary International (RI), which is now famous the world over as the international organization of choice when it comes to responding to the needs of the truly poor and marginalized. But as far as District 3810 of RI and the Rotary Club of Intramuros are concerned, however, peace and conflict initiatives are geared towards solving conflicts at the local level.
            Under the leadership of District 3810 Gov. Ernest Yuyek and RC Intramuros All Star President Judge Angelina Mauricio (my wife), lectures and seminars are now conducted to teach barangay officials, teachers and school administrators, parents, and workers, to look for solutions to disputes arising in their work and family environments, using the most basic legal concepts, thereby promoting peace among themselves. Mabuhay!!!
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