Did PNoy order Mamasapano ‘stand down’? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 January 2016 13:29

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and exalts. He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princess and has them inherit a throne of honor…” (I Samuel 2:7-8, the Holy Bible).

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DID PNOY ORDER MAMASAPANO “STAND DOWN”? There is a perceptible campaign among the allies of President Aquino to derail the re-opening on January 25, 2016 of the Senate investigation into the mass murder of 44 elite officers and men of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police on January 25, 2015 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Liberal Party stalwarts are saying, quite understandably, that there is nothing more to investigate since Aquino already accepted full responsibility for the brutal slaying of the policemen now known as SAF 44, and the Senate committee that conducted an earlier investigation already has a complete report on the matter.

Yet, there are many other questions about the massacre of the SAF 44 that are unanswered up to now, the biggest of which, of course, is, did Aquino really order a “stand down” of police and military forces, preventing them from helping the SAF 44 as they were being butchered by Muslim rebels because he did not want to derail his peace talks with the rebels and the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law?

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“PIKOT” INVALIDATES MARRIAGE: Forcing, intimidating, or exerting undue influence on, a man or a woman to marry is a ground to invalidate the marriage, according to Art. 45 of the Family Code of the Philippines. This exertion of force, intimidation, or undue influence to compel a person to marry another is commonly known in the country as “pikot”.

Basically, since a marriage is considered a contract, or a meeting of the minds, so to speak, or an agreement, the law requires the parties thereto to freely and voluntarily give their consent to the marital union. If that consent is not freely given, but was the result of force or coercion, it is as if there was no consent, so that the union is legally considered inexistent.

However, if after the force, intimidation, or undue influence has disappeared or ceased and the party who was forced, intimidated, or unduly influenced into the marriage continued freely cohabiting with the spouse who exerted the force, intimidation, or undue influence, the defect in the marriage is deemed cured, causing the marriage to be recognized as valid and binding.

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RULES IN ACQUIRING WEALTH: One of the greatest dreams of every person on earth is to attain success and prosperity in their lives. Perhaps out of misapprehension of how success and prosperity are achieved, many people find themselves wallowing in want, failures, curses, and deprivation. This should not be so, if only we care enough to understand the real source of success and prosperity.

The first rule is that we should never forget that it is God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, who gives each person the ability to acquire wealth. All the wealth there is in the whole universe are a creation of God alone. It is therefore God alone who can grant the enjoyment of that wealth by any person.

Second, we must understand that God will allow us to enjoy His wealth only if we listen to Him, and then know and obey His commands. Only those who seek His kingdom and live according to His righteous rules will receive everything they need. If one is a child of God and is led by God’s Holy Spirit, he becomes an heir of God, and is entitled to enjoy His riches all the days of his life.

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