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IN the middle of the ongoing dispute over the closure of 23 mines and the cancellation of 75 mining permits by Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI), the oldest business organization in the country, has come up with a proposal that merits the closest government attention.

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Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

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Two long-running Harvard studies showed that people who ate nuts every day lived longer and healthier lives than people who didn’t eat nuts. The report showed that eating nuts seven or more times per week (that’s a healthy handful daily) had a 20% less chance of dying during the study period than those who didn’t eat nuts.

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in last year’s presidential elections was less than an absolute majority, but was so stunning and phenomenal that many leaders of other political parties trooped to Davao City to pledge him their support, even if he did not bother to attend his official proclamation.

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WHEN the House of Representatives started organizing itself at the start of the new Duterte administration, many congressmen of the Liberal Party, the majority party in the Aquino administration, moved to join the new administration party PDP-Laban.

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The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”

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