KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Spare the lawyers, please! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 June 2011 13:49

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night…” (Psalm 90:2, 4, the Holy Bible).
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SPARE THE LAWYERS PLEASE! The plea of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Davao to spare lawyers from physical or other harm for they are only defending the interest of their clients is well taken. While the lawyers are the ones responsible for the directions of a legal battle, yet the real battle belongs to their clients.

The problem is that, many rich and powerful litigants have come to view the lawyer---especially the good and effective lawyer of their opponents---as the real enemy, and hence should be the subject of an attack himself.

I know. In my life as a lawyer, I have often been targeted myself as the enemy by the adversaries of the people I have helped, especially the people I have helped for free. I have been vilified and suspended from practice upon the instance of my clients’ foes, which would have made other lawyers crumple. But, I have learned to fight with the greatest lawyer of all---God in heaven, the Just of all the just.
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TOURIST ROBBERY TO REVERBERATE IN THE WORLD: The report that a South African tourist was robbed Monday afternoon right after stepping out of the airport by a taxi driver aided by a knife-wielding companion will surely reverberate not only in the Philippines and in South Africa, but in the whole world as well.
This kind of an atrocity of a wayward Filipino will cause the eventual death of the tourism industry in the Philippines, and will even expose overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are abroad to greater harm. Why is this happening? How come Filipinos are now willing to sell their souls to the devil for a few measly dollars?
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MISGUIDED PRIORITY IN EDUCATION: One probable reason for this is the misguided priority of government when it comes to education, highlighted by a report by Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara who said that the country’s public school system lacks some 143, 281 classrooms this year.

If our youth cannot study comfortably, much less effectively, inside a classroom, how can we expect them to be trained in the values that will make them good and righteous citizens when they grow up? Indeed, children who have not been taught the good and righteous values while they are still young will grow up to become robbers, muggers, criminals, grafters and plunderers.
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TRAINING CHILDREN ON RIGHTEOUSNESS: “Train a child in the way that he should go, and when is old he will not turn from it,” says the Holy Bible in its Proverbs 22:6. The question is, what kind of a training must we give to the child? Joshua 1:8, Proverbs 3:1-2, and even Matthew 7:24-27 tell us what.

In these three Biblical passages, we are told to study the Bible, think about it day and night, and carefully follow all that is written in it. In other words, we must teach our children to read and study the Bible, and live by it. Then, they will have a long and prosperous life. --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO