What does it take
sit at one tableSharing the harvest of a community at peace?
p.m., the Senate President, Hon.
much to expect our country
unite?When a vote in this hallHow often do the
Franklin M. Drilon, called the session
order.is called on a measure
Sen, Juan Ponce Enrile led the prayer, to wit:
Father Almighty, when Yon created manIn Your own image and likeness,
world perfect in
conception?A world where people ate at one tableSharing the harvest of a communitydid You imagineat peace?How long did it take You to decideWith planets and moons?And when You let the first precipitationDrop on the barren soil,That the Sun was created
the voidwhat genius in designthe cycle of the seasons.There is day and there is night,Man and woman side by side,the cold is tamed by warmth.harmony and balance abound.But Father Almighty,dangerously into destruction.
have engaged in war too longNature itself is in revolt.The earth is literally shakingIn
foundations desperately trying
its senses.When giant waves roll from seas,are those not the frustrated tearsof Mother NatureYour world is now tippedBegging belligerent children
behave?Father Almighty,as we reflect on events in the world,And as we ponder on our duties as legislators,Help
to be examples
our counttymenThat, in spite of
differences,In unity and peace.Make
realize that survival onour country can move forwardEarth depends on the diversity of life.Bestow Your wisdom upon
so thatwe are able to discernThat the voice of dissent is not alwaysa dangerous challenge
those who have temporal powerhut
necessw mechanism for balance.And give
live harmoniouslywith each other
that each voice is heard.For everything has a place in Your Earth.Amen.
Upon direction of the Chair, the Secretary ofthe Senate, Oscar G. Yabes, called the roll, to whichthe following senators responded:Angara, E.
M.Ejercito Estrada,J.Ejercito Estrada, L. L.
Lapid, M. L. M.Lim, A.
Magsaysay Jr., R. B.Osmeiia
N.Pimentel Jr., A.