KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: ‘Do not vote for those involved in pork scam’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:31

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’…” (Genesis 41:38, the Holy Bible).

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DESTABILIZATION FROM POLITICAL PERSECUTION: Former Sen. Edgardo J. Angara is right: the pork barrel scam is likely to destabilize and ultimately cause the downfall of the Aquino government. But this downfall will come only if President Aquino will not do the right thing in this scandal. What is this right thing that the President should do so the pork barrel scam will not bring down his government?

He should stop covering up for his allies whose names are now also being dragged into the controversy. Aquino should see to it that these allies of his are likewise properly charged in court, like what his Department of Justice and his Ombudsman did with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla.

The P10 billion pork barrel scam will destabilize and cause the downfall of the Aquino government only if it persists in using the scam as a political weapon to assure the decimation of the probable opponents of President Aquino’s candidate for the presidential elections in 2016. The Filipinos are now aware that this is what Aquino is doing, and they are not going to just accept this.

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ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION TO NATURAL CALAMITIES: The warning aired by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that widespread and destructive and deadly floods will hit Davao City in the days to come could have been a warning, too, for many other areas in the Philippines. But then again, that warning was no warning at all, since it did not offer any solution other than the inutile evacuation of people.

We all know that evacuation is not going to work at all. Disaster risk reduction and management, under the present government, did not also work to save our countrymen from previous environmental calamities. Yet, our political leaders and government officials continue to insist on similar approaches, thereby endangering the lives of more Filipinos once again.

Since all previous solutions proferred by the Aquino government already proved ineffective in helping our people during times of natural tragedies, it is time to try to implement for alternative solutions. One solution untried before is the spiritual solution—reading the Bible and obeying its commands insofar as rains, floods and winds are concerned. One set of verses on this is Matthew 7:24-27.

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“DO NOT VOTE FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN SCAM”: Now that the Inquirer is coming out with the list of lawmakers and other government officials who have been tagged by whistle-blower Benhur Luy as being involved in the P10 billion pork barrel scam, it is going to be wise for Filipinos not to vote anyone of these politicians in any election anymore, particularly in 2016.

I mean, even if the lawmakers or other officials mentioned by Luy would be denying their participation in this scam, or not be charged in court by the Aquino government for one reason or another or, if they are acquitted later on, Filipino voters must take this as an opportunity to effect a cleansing of our political system and rid it of grafters and misfit.

But I guess this is going to be too much for the asking, as it were. Considering the prevailing spiritual poverty, lack of political maturity, and continuing dependence of many Filipinos on political warlords, the controversy generated by this pork barrel scam would not really cause any beneficial change in the country today. Sad, really sad.

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REMINDERS: Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac sa DZEC”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa Radyo Trabungko FM”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa DYKA” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.