KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Senate probe vs. Binay lacks moral anchor PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:41

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

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

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SENATE PROBE VS. BINAY LACKS MORAL ANCHOR: As Senators Allan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV directly grilled Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and, indirectly, Vice President and 2016 presidential frontrunner Jejomar Binay, over the allegedly overpriced Makati Parking Building, people were talking about overpriced multicabs in Taguig City, Cayetano’s bailiwick where his wife, Lani, is mayor, and Trillanes’ role in coup attempts that destabilized the already wobbly Philippines several years back.

The question uppermost in the minds of Filipinos who were either listening or watching Cayetano and Trillanes (who also want to run for president in 2016) during the Senate hearing last Wednesday, August 20, 2014, was, do Cayetano and Trillanes have the moral authority to even question the alleged corruption of Binay when they themselves have been and are being implicated in equally corrupt and pernicious activities?

“Look who’s talking,” was the general sentiment of many Filipinos as they reacted with dismay over Cayetano’s and Trillanes’ evidently politically-motivated interrogation of Binay. Indeed, that Senate hearing gave the upper chamber of Congress a big black eye once more, and showed that the lawmakers Filipinos have elected have no qualms hitting their political opponents even if they themselves are not that “clean”.

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RP LACKING LEADERS IN WHOM THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLS: Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying we should not investigate the Binays. If there is something that they should be held accountable for, then let them be investigated and, if the evidence warrants, let them be held accountable and appropriately penalized. But then, the investigation should not be given to anyone whose political ambitions ran directly parallel to the Vice President’s.

What happened last Wednesday showed that many of our officials really are not Biblically-oriented anymore, even if they profess to be Christians. Why am I saying this? Well, did not Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, say, when confronted by a crowd that wanted to stone to death a woman caught in an adulterous relationship, that only those who have no sin should cast the first stone?

Indeed, this country and the Filipino nation seem to be greatly lacking now of citizens and leaders in whom the Spirit of God dwells, a quality that the Pharaoh of Egypt during the time of Joseph, the dreamer and son of Jacob, wanted his officials to show, so that God’s protection and beneficence could flow to the people. This is causing our inevitable destruction as a people, if you ask me.

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TIME TO CUT AND CUT CLEAN: It was pathetic, and a gross admission of defeat. I am referring here to reports that the Liberal Party is now scouting for “credible spokespersons” who can bolster the sagging popularity of President Aquino. I mean, no spokesperson can ever help the President if the people no longer want him, no matter how credible that spokesperson may appear to be. Indeed, it is time to cut, and cut clean, as a US senator once told former President Marcos.

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REAL REBUILDING IN DISASTER AREAS: I commend the efforts big businessmen led by Ayala Corp. chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan have launched to help rebuild disaster-affected areas of the Philippines through the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation. This is a most welcome help, especially because the government seems lost on what to do about this issue.

But then, I wish to make a plea to Ayala, Pangilinan, and to their Foundation: rebuilding disaster-affected areas in the country does not only involve material and financial programs. Effort must also be directed towards preparing Filipinos before, during and after a disaster, and the best preparation is for them to become spiritual by reading and obeying God’s commands in the Bible. This is the real rebuilding.

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