Why, Hello Disappointing Self

Writing this out of spontaneity, ergo, this – or just me writing this alone – won’t make sense (because I can’t deal with my senses every time).

One of the things I do for work is to release an article that the nation could pray for. I am not a very good writer (good thing someone edits it before it goes out) but at the very least of doing what I do, I learn. For April issue, I wasn’t able to submit the article for editing / releasing due to constraints of time – my handling of time. I know. I got to be alert next time.

So now, I’m gonna release what I tried to write here (just to satisfy my effort). Perks of having a blogsite.

The Divergent: North Korea

Like in any other country’s history, Korea was once invaded, influenced and fought over by its large neighbouring countries. Since the end of World War II, North and South Korea has been divided. Unlike South, North Korea (NoKor) remained a secretive society – an isolated country with which the people’s needs were not thoroughly met – yet sparked outrage with the rest of the nation because of its space programs and nuclear ambitions.

In its most recent nuclear-armed venture (April 16), NoKor rocket launched its widely-criticised plan to put a satellite into orbit that could impact Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The launch marked the centenary of the birth of state’s founder, Kim Il-Sung. UN countries insisted that the move of NoKor breached its agreement with the United States, under which it agreed to suspend its uranium enrichment programmes and missile test in return for US food aid. It also set off alarm bells across the Philippine region in which President Aquino called for US help to monitor the rocket.

The NoKor satellite launch that was hailed as moment of national pride ended in failure. The rocket flew for just a few minutes covering a little over 100km and disintegrated over the Yellow Sea, earning the North Koreans embarrassment as well as condemnation from a host of nations that deemed it a cover test of missile technology.

Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea’s provocative action still threatens national security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments to the United Nations Security Council.

Pray for…

  • Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s present leader; that, unlike his father and grandfather, he will no longer enforce any nuclear programs and ambitions of their country and focus on fulfilling the needs of their people instead.
  • United Nations Security Council; that it could protect the countries belonging in it from the countries that could only bring confusion, tension and conflict.
  • The Aquino administration; that it would continue to do what it needs to do to protect the country and its people from national and local threats.

Personality Focus

Voltaire Tuvera Gazmin

Secretary, Department of National Defense

Voltaire Gazmin is the 35th Secretary of the Department of National Defence, being appointed by the President on June 30, 2010.

Even at an early age, his performance was seen brilliant, serving as a young soldier and leading various intelligence unit of the Philippine Army. He became instrumental at the time when he was a part of the Presidential Security Group who defended the government of President Corazon Aquino from seven coup d’etat attempts during her regime.

The Secretary was one of the most honoured officers in the Philippine Army. In recognition to his outstanding military service, he was also made Ambassador of the Philippines to Cambodia from 2002 to 2004. His discipline and upright demeanour earned him the respect of his peers and his military co-officers.

Pray for…

  • The Secretary; that he would be given wisdom and knowledge on the decisions he should do and the things he might overlook which concerns the relationship of Philippines and other countries.
  • The military; that they would cooperate to the Department of National Defence in giving its best aid to protect the state from the countries that could threaten Philippine security.

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