Raising money thru pork to buy 2016 polls? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 11:48

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others…” (Philippians 2:3-4, the Holy Bible).

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MALACANANG’S P424 B PORK BARED: There is a need for Malacanang to do some explaining: did it really allocate some P424 billion from the 2015 national budget as lump sum or discretionary funds for some agencies, as former Sen. Panfilo Lacson is saying?

Did not the Supreme Court already prohibit lump sum or discretionary spending when it struck down the pork barrel allocations for lawmakers and for President Aquino himself through its decisions declaring as unconstitutional the so-called priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and the so-called disbursement acceleration program funds?

Why did the Aquino government resort to such lump sum or discretionary funds once again, in the staggering sum of P424 billion yet? Does this have something to do with the 2016 elections, to assure, as it were, the victory of whoever is going to be the anointed one of President Aquino?

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RAISING MONEY THRU PORK TO BUY 2016 POLLS? Indeed, there are many in our midst who would stop at nothing just to be able to amass great wealth and ensure their grip on power. It is clear that the prevailing mindset, especially of those who are in power, is to grab as much money as they can, so they will have plenty to use in ensuring their victory come election time.

These people are aware that they are committing grave crimes with what they are doing, but they seem unperturbed. Their belief is that, if they could raise enough money to buy the elections in one way or another, they could never be punished for their misdeeds when their cohorts get elected.

Well, that would seem to be a perfectly accurate strategy, unless something earthshaking happens and their cohorts, though technically winning the elections on paper or by the declaration of co-opted officials, would be unable to assume power. This already happened in the past in the Philippines, and the chances of it happening again remain great.

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LUST FOR MONEY AND POWER BRINGS US TO HELL: So what can we say to those who, even now, are furiously maneuvering to collect as much money as possible using their government positions? Well, we wish to remind them of what Jesus, our God and Savior, said, in Matthew 16:26: “what would profit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his soul?”

Indeed, what could a man give in exchange for his soul? Power, privilege, position, and earthly pleasures? Undeniably, all of these are temporary and fleeting, and would not be in our hands forever. If we indulge in our lust for power and privilege and position and earthly pleasures, that would make us sure candidates for the worms and the fire of hell.

Let us not forget that in all the things we do, whether done in secret or publicly, whether good or bad, we will be held accountable before God. We shall be judged according to what we have done. When the time for judgment comes, the money, the privilege, the power, the position, and the pleasures we enjoyed here on earth will mean absolutely nothing.

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