“…The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns and his briers…” –Isaiah 10:17
Word is former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. was removed from his post because those close to President Rodrigo Duterte feared the former Kabayan partylist congressman had become very popular due to his media exposure. According to friends in government, Roque had to be eased out of the position that made him very likable – and a potential candidate in 2022 – as it gave him an advantage over those in the Duterte camp with presidential ambitions.
Roque’s capabilities in leadership and administration, along with an ability to effectively expound on issues, are being appreciated across the country (and partisan lines).
His talents were also given a boost when Typhoon Ompong struck the country last month; perhaps the former spokesperson was unaware he became the center of government efforts during the time period.
Matthew 17:1-3, Mark 9:2-13, and Luke 9:28-36 tell the story of Jesus’ “transfiguration” before His disciples (Peter, and the brothers James and John). The disciples saw His face had shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light; then, before them appeared Moses and Elijah, who were speaking with Jesus.
The “transfiguration” took place so He could manifest that He is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The “shining like the sun of the face of Jesus” and whitish appearance of His clothes mean He is the “light” of the world.
In many other parts of the Bible, Jesus said He is the “light of world.”
In His manifestation as God the Father, Jesus said He is the “light of Israel,” the Holy Flame that will burn and consume thorns and briers. The totality of these indicate one thing: Jesus is the Light who is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Here is a question from Gemma F.: “Good evening Atty. Mauricio. I am one of the thousands who listen to your program. I had a question and was encouraged to ask you because I noticed there were several similar questions from other listeners regarding this subject. My husband/live-in partner refuses to support our two children, especially after we separated from each other. Our children, one boy and one girl, are under my surname and, after my partner and I quarreled sometime in December 2013, he left and went to Barilis, Albay. Since I did not have money to follow him, we stayed here. Do I have a right to demand support for our two children? Thank you.”
Here is the answer from Lawyers in the Light (or Lawyers Instructed on Godliness, Humility, and Truth): Men and women who refuse to support their children violate the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act, or RA 7610.
They can be imprisoned for up to 20 years. However, the complaining wife or husband must first send a demand letter to the parent who refuses to provide support. Once the father or mother continues to refuse giving support, they can be sued before the Office of the Prosecutor.
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