KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Ruler-rebels as curses to Filipinos PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:41

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them…”(Isaiah 1:23, the Holy Bible).

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SO WHAT IF BINAY JOINED ANTI-GMA COUP? And so what, may I ask, if Vice President Jejomar Binay participated in a coup attempt against former President Gloria Arroyo in 2007, as Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV disclosed the other day after learning that Binay backed out of their scheduled debate on November 27, 2014?

Did not Binay also participate in the “People Power” Revolution of 1986 which saw the ouster of President Marcos? And, by the way, was not Trillanes the prime actor in that 2007 Oakwood coup attempt, so that, if Binay is to be held liable in any way therefor, Trillanes should also share that liability, and be meted the same punishment for anyone rebelling against duly-constituted authorities which Binay may have to face?

What is more, if Binay subsequently desisted, for any reason, from participating in the Oakwood coup attempt after having initially agreed to support it, would not such desistance exculpate Binay and remove any liability on his part for the failed uprising which, as history has shown, was carried out only by Trillanes and his band of uniformed brats?

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REBELS AS CURSES TO FILIPINOS: For Bible-believing Christians, the propensity of military and civilian officials of the Philippines to launch coup attempts against duly-constituted authorities is a serious cause of concern, as rebellions against governing officials are treated in the Bible as grave offenses that bring about God’s punishment not only for the rebels but also for the entire nation.

Right away, I can think of four verses which not only prohibit fighting the authorities but which also prescribe severe penalties here and in the life hereafter. One of these verses is Romans 13:1-2, which says everyone must subject themselves to the authorities as these authorities were established by God.

This verse tells us further that anyone who fights these authorities are fighting what God established, and would fall into judgment, and be meted the penalties due to a person who disobeyed God’s commands. These penalties are two-fold: first, a life on earth filled with curses, particularly of poverty, dissension, and failures, and, second, an eternal life in a hell of fire and worms.

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SO WHAT MUST FILIPINOS DO? This maybe one of the principal reasons why life among many Filipinos is marked with extreme poverty, unrelenting dissension particularly among political leaders and officials, and unremitting failures especially in pushing the country and the people towards real success and prosperity.

Many are going to contest this assertion of mine, but did you notice that, even with a succession of intelligent and well-meaning presidents, economic turn-around has not really trickled down to the Filipino masses so that many of them remain poor, while those already rich get to become richer? That, politicians seem to have forgotten statesmanship as they wrangle with one another endlessly?

That, Filipinos have become certified failures and losers even when they get employed abroad, since in exchange for the dollars they are earning, most of their families have broken up, their children have become wayward and criminal, and, despite their long years of overseas work they end up not saving anything just the same? Something has to be done here, but Filipinos, the losers that they are, seem uninterested to even know what it is.

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