KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Fear of RP; tempering greed at BOC PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:37

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…”What would profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 16:26, the Holy Bible).

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FILIPINOS MUST PRESSURE LAWMAKERS TO INVESTIGATE IMPEACHMENT COMPLAINTS: Yes, it is true that Malacanang and President Aquino are still in control of the House of Representatives and the Senate, so the impeachment complaints that have been filed against him in connection with his “disbursement acceleration program” or DAP will amount to nothing, and will simply be dismissed.

But then, it is good enough that the impeachment complaints have been filed, not just for the record as the complainants are saying, but to really test whether Filipinos can now be mobilized to pressure their congressmen and their senators to at least investigate the complaints and determine the truth about allegations that Aquino misused the DAP for his and his family’s benefit.

So, I am calling on all patriotic-minded citizens: go to your congressmen and senators, and ask them to allow the investigation of the impeachment complaints, and not simply yield to orders from Malacanang to have it dismissed right away. We need to show our lawmakers now that Filipinos want the truth on accusations that Aquino is himself corrupt.

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FEAR OF BEING IN RP: Here is one Facebook post (which I translated from Filipino to English) from a mother calling herself “Anna Valencia” that sums up the mess the Philippines and the Filipinos are in, right now, under the Aquino government. Read on: “I really feel that I am really growing old now, because my baby is now a working girl, and is even in a far country.

“I get lonely being alone, but I am more at peace because she is now beyond the criminality in this country. She can take the bus there without me worrying that she can be victimized by hold-up men, or by pickpockets, or be made the subject of irreverent or lascivious conduct, or be victimized by the reckless bus driver of the bus she is riding in.

“Even if my baby (Isay) cannot send me a text message, I know she is ok. If she is in the Philippines, I am always on the verge of fear, always worrying about her safety. It doesn’t matter if I consume my load calling her all the time, just to be sure about what is happening to her, even if she is only in Quezon City. How I hope the Philippines would be like Macau, so that even if my baby’s salary is not much, it is ok. The Philippines is just so scary!”

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TEMPERING GREED AT BOC: Something must really be terribly wrong at the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Even if its chief, Customs Commissioner John Philip Sevilla, was touted to be President Aquino’s “knight in shining armor” so its collections could be increased and its performance upgraded compared to its collections and performance under previous commissioners, it continues to miss its collection targets.

For the month of June 2014 alone, BOC records show that it missed its target by P5 billion, which is a big amount to miss. Then, from January 2014 to June 2014, it missed its collection target of P25 billion, another big amount to miss. These failures of BOC to meet its targets will certainly create big problems for the Aquino government because it would lack funds for its projects.

It would seem to me that changing its head and other officials is not the answer to increased collections at the BOC. Rather, Aquino must make an effort to introduce BOC leaders and its rank and file to the Word of God, and endeavor to make them more spiritually-directed, to lessen greed among some of them. Fact is, while BOC officials are unable to meet its targets, their own pockets seem to be bulging, and their lifestyles continue to be of the rich and the famous.

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