KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Which is better: Life under Marcoses or Aquinos? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:31

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God…” (2 Corinthians 9:11, the Holy Bible).

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WHICH IS BETTER: LIFE UNDER MARCOSES OR UNDER AQUINOS? Yes, we must admit, as newspapers today are insistently reminding all Filipinos, there were dark moments while martial law was in effect in the Philippines and President Marcos ruled the country with an iron-clad government. Yet, it could not also be denied that there were also benefits which ordinary citizens derived from that period of our history, as many Filipinos are pointing out now.

The final judge of martial law and the president that led it, of course, would be history, no matter how hard their opponents and critics may want to paint it to be a corrupt and murderous regime at this point. Yet, the same final judge—history—will also be the judge whether Filipinos achieved the promised better life under the presidency of two Aquinos, first in 1986 to 1992, and second, in 2010-2016.

That having been said, I have news for everyone: the listeners of “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” (a radio program which goes on air Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m. over DZEC Radyo Agila, 1062 kHz) have already given their verdict: life was better for them during Marcos’ time, while life under the two Aquino presidencies went from bad to worst. No listener said they had a better life under the Aquinos.

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RP ISLANDS FOR SALE TO RICH FOREIGNERS? May I please request a comment from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on this article, featured online by a website calling itself “The Economic Times”: “Last week, an American buyer, who has remained incognito, shelled out $2 billion for a 25-year lease on a paradise island called Fuga in the northern Philippines.

“Fuga is a 10,000-hectare remote island dotted with white beaches and turquoise blue waters. Fuga’s 1,786 inhabitants live in a village while the rest of the island is uninhabited with vast swathes of forestation. The Independent reports that the website Lamudi, which is used by real estate agents around the world to advertise their luxury properties, has seen a sharp increase in sales and lettings of private islands in the Philippines.

“Jacqueline van den Ende, managing director of its operations, told the paper: `With its vibrant and buoyant real estate market, buying property is becoming more fun in the Philippines. Now the demand, especially from foreign clients, is spilling over to private islands and isles, which is not surprising as the country has over 7,100 to choose from.’ ” Is this article true, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje?

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“ANARCHY REIGNS AS OFFICIALS ENGAGE IN POLITICKING”: Maybe, Malacanang, Philippine National Police, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government need to refute movie director Jose Javier Reyes, when he bewailed the “anarchy” that has engulfed the country in the hands of people “we have entrusted the responsibility of ensuring peace and order (with) as well as sustained by the taxes they so dutifully collect from us…” after the mother of an actress was killed at the height of Typhoon Mario.

Here are the other publicized statements of Reyes: “I met Cherry Pie’s mom. She was a feisty, independent woman. It goes to show that anarchy is prevailing in our country. My prayers and heartfelt condolences to Pie Picache and her family for the loss of her mother.  May justice be served and the perpetrators of this heinous crime be given the punishment they deserve.

“And again let this be a wake-up call to the people we have entrusted the responsibility of ensuring peace and order as well as sustained by the taxes they so dutifully collect from us. We, the ordinary citizens, are no longer amused by the anarchy around us. Neither are we entertained by their rah-rah self-serving speeches and politicking. We are not stupid or numbed by your cheering squads.”

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, jointly aired at 1062 kHz in Manila, 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and at www.eaglenews.ph, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday, 7 a.m.).