KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Is it time to retire Philippine Air Lines? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 13:17

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow…” (Isaiah 1:16-17, the Holy Bible).

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IS IT TIME TO RETIRE PHILIPPINE AIR LINES? Marigold Haber Dunca, the topnotch TV star in the Philippines at the old RPN Channel 9 but who has since migrated to the US with her husband and her son in search of the proverbial greener pasture that could not be found in her home country, has a complaint: in her family’s return trip to US after spending Christmas here, their flight was delayed for seven a half hours at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport!

The problem would have been at least bearable if they and the other passengers of that flight of the Philippine Air Lines (PAL) were made to wait at the NAIA terminal. But, Marigold said, they were held in virtual detention inside the PAL plane with no air conditioning, and no one saying what was happening.

Imagine, seven and a half hours of waiting inside a burning hot PAL cabin? The agony must have been simply too great for Marigold and her family and the other PAL passengers not knowing what was wrong, especially because of the recent Air Asia plane crash that claimed the lives of its 162 or so passengers. Maybe, business tycoon Lucio Tan or Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya can explain this? Or is it time to retire PAL?

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COMELEC FILES 435 CRIMINAL CASES FOR POLL OVERSPENDING: Did you know that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has already filed some 435 criminal complaints against candidates who were said to have overspent in the 2013 elections, and that hundreds of other criminal cases will be filed against other overspending candidates by April 2015?

Lawyer Ferdinand Rafanan, the controversial official of the Commission on Elections who now heads its Planning Department, made this report Monday, January 05, 2015, as he led the first poll body’s flag ceremony for the New Year. He prayed that the filing of the criminal complaints will have the effect of transforming election law enforcement and deter overspending in campaigns.

Rafanan, a practicing Christian believer, opened and ended his report, in the presence of retiring Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and Commissioner Lucenito Tagle,  by quoting Isaiah 43:18-2 and Colossians 3:23 of the Bible. Isaiah 43 talks about forgetting the past because God is doing something new, while Colossians 3:23 talks about doing everything in the Name of God!

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IS MAKING SMARTMATIC 2016 POLL PROVIDER “RIGHT SERVICE” TO PEOPLE AND GOD? But something arrested my attention in that speech of Rafanan. He said: “So today, my co-workers in Comelec, having closed a chapter, we begin the year and go back to work.  We have many things to do right to serve our fellowmen, build our country, and bring glory to God.

“That kind of service will be our source of satisfaction and happiness in Comelec, and even outside Comelec for our retiring Chairman and Commissioners. We are not here for popularity contests but for the right kind of service that will enable our country to get up, rise, and shine for God.”

Is Rafanan (who was once reported to have been thrown out as the Regional Director of Comelec’s National Capital Region for allegedly refusing to give in to some “special requests” to pre-determine the results of an election) saying that the giving of the contract to handle the 2016 elections to the equally controversial Smartmatic, Inc. is the “right kind of service that will enable out country to get up, rise, and shine for God”? Oh well…

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