KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: EDCA: Betrayal of the Filipino people PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2014 14:03

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of your needs will be given to you…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 6:33, the Holy Bible).

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EDCA: BETRAYAL OF THE PEOPLE: Mr. J. Eduardo Malaya, the Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia, denied our assertion in this column that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) was a “sell-out” in favor of the US. Well, he maybe right, and we may have been mistaken, really.

Because of Malaya’s reaction, I will no longer say EDCA is a sell-out. With US enjoying indefinite and exclusive use of Philippine military camps and bases, free of rent, free taxes and free use of radio spectrum even without a Congressional franchise, with a prohibition in its provisions against recourse to any US or Philippine courts to question its legality, EDCA might as well be a “betrayal of the Filipino people”.

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GOV’T INACTION TO BLAME FOR WATER SHORTAGE: The looming water shortage not only in Metro Manila but in the whole Philippines as well is a tragedy waiting to happen. The fact is, nobody in government, especially at the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), seems to be doing anything to address this water problem.

This lethargy and outright inaction persists, and there seems to be an atrophy of creativity, innovation, and initiative, to solve this impending water crisis, even if it is already very clear that global warming and climate change will give rise to hotter temperatures everywhere and, therefore, less and less water, especially in a tropical country like the Philippines.

The problem is made worse by the fact that, there is even a yearly allocation for water projects in our government budget, to the tune of billions of pesos, in the hands of agencies like the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, NIA, Local Water Utilities Administration, and even the National Water Resources Board. Where have these billions gone, President Aquino?

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SPIRITUAL ANGLE TO WATER WOES: If there is anyone from the Aquino government that is interested enough, maybe they can start solving this problem from its spiritual angle. Yes, there is a spiritual angle to the hot temperatures giving rise to disappearing water supply. Maybe, officials can start reading the Bible, particularly its Book of Curses, found in its Deuteronomy 28:15, 22-23, to find out that there is a solution to this.

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MEDIA APPEAL TO SC: DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL: I can sympathize with newsmen who lambast the Aquino government  in its inaction on media killings. Indeed, it is very dangerous nowadays to be a mediaman but, mediamen must solve this problem one step at a time. Now that the country is in the midst of Press Freedom Week, why not galvanize all media effort to decriminalize libel? If Congress and Malacanang will not move, maybe we can bring the matter to the Supreme Court.

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PROBABLE BINAY PRESIDENCY LEGACY: Vice President Jejomar Binay is correct in laying down, this early, an economic agenda that will include poor Filipinos as beneficiaries of any economic growth under a Binay government. In almost all past administrations, the poor got poorer, no matter who the president was, while the rich only got richer.

But, I have a two-centavo-worth of a proposal: Binay must endeavor to lay down, side by side with all his other government programs, a spiritual agenda to bring more Filipinos to a stronger faith in God, with a life filled with honest-to-goodness Bible-based spirituality. Beneficial change will come after that, President Binay! That is a better legacy than any fight against corruption, or any attempt at economic prosperity.

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