KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Of ARMM postponement and plagiarism PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 13:59

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God…” (Ecclesiastes 2:26, the Holy Bible).
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ARMM POLL POSTPONEMENT DIVIDES MINDANAO EVEN MORE: If the intention in postponing the scheduled August 2011 elections for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is to solve the problems that have kept the people of the region poor and backward, the question now is, will that postponement not mean more problems for ARMM constituents?

For one, the unprecedented fighting over such postponement of the ARMM polls has divided the region even more greatly, and has focused the energy, time and resources of the leaders in the area to upholding their respective positions, instead of  being used to push ARMM to progress, unity and development.

For another, the time, talent and resources spent in putting up the ARMM during the time of President Cory Aquino appear also to be wasted now, what with her original vision to make ARMM really autonomous having been set aside once again, and it is tragic that this is even happening under the administration of her only son.
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IMPEACH RAPS BASED ON PLAGIARISM MUST BE STOPPED: The House of Representatives will be well-advised to stop the impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo, if the only ground upon which the impeachment will be predicated on is plagiarism.

If the truth be told, all of us are plagiarists, whatever be the line of profession we are engaged in, or whatever things we maybe doing in our day to day to lives. Why? Because the truth is that, in this world, there is nothing new under the sun, and that whatever we maybe thinking, saying or doing now, have already been thought about, said, or done before.

This is especially true among lawyers. Watch how they argue, verbally and through the papers they submit in court. Every word they utter, and every word they write, have actually been uttered and already written before. And that is expected of each of them, for winning a case is based on rules already uttered and written before.

In the case of Del Castillo, his decision in the case of the Filipino comfort women may have lifted, without proper attribution, passages from works of other lawyers. But who is the lawyer, or even the judge or justice, who has not done that, at one time or another, especially because our judicial system upholds the so-called rule on stare decisis (or adherence to past rulings)?
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“THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN”: The Bible is even clearer about this when it said, in its Ecclesiastes 1:9: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

“Is there anything of which one can say, `Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time…” Ecclesiastes 1: 10 chimes in, thereby confirming that it is not our fault if we repeat what has been said or written before. --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO