So what if politics behind Mamasapano re-opening? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:45

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…” (Philippians 4:6, the Holy Bible).

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SO WHAT IF POLITICS BEHIND MAMASAPANO NEW PROBE? If President Aquino is saying that it is politics that is propelling Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile in seeking a Senate re-investigation of the 2015 Mamasapano massacre, what shall we say then of Aquino’s having jailed Enrile on charges of P10 billion plunder over his alleged diversion of his pork barrel funds when Aquino’s allies, who appear to have committed the same crime, remain scot-free and are untouched up to this time?

If the re-investigation will enable us to see the truth about claims that Aquino not only did nothing while 44 elite officers of the Special Action Force were being murdered one by one by rebels in Mindanao but that he even ordered a “stand down” of other police and military forces to prevent them from helping their colleagues in their hour of need, would it matter if politics was behind the Enrile move?

Are the President and his spin doctors saying that, no one, including Enrile, has any right anymore to contest the version of Malacanang about the Mamasapano killings and that what each and every Filipino should do is simply to believe hook, line, and sinker, what the President had been saying about the incident even if there are many loopholes in his version? Oh come on…

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SAME SEX MARRIAGES ABROAD NOT VALID IN RP: Leila S., a lesbian who is having an affair with Lina B., another woman, is asking if she and Lina B., who are both Filipino citizens, can marry abroad and then return to the Philippines as a married couple. The answer is yes, they can marry abroad in countries where same-sex marriage is already allowed, but, no, they cannot be recognized as a married couple in our country.

The reason is that, under Art. 2 (1) of the Family Code of the Philippines, it is required that, for a marriage to be legally valid in our country, the contracting parties, or the parties seeking to be married to one another, are male and female. Art. 2 (1) is worded in a mandatory language, which means that it is a requirement that must be met.

This part of the Family Code, which pertains to family rights and duties, or to the status, condition and legal capacity of persons are binding upon citizens of the Philippines even though they are living abroad. This means to say that Filipino citizens are to comply with the Family Code anywhere they may find themselves to be.

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WHAT IS POSITIVE THINKING, REALLY? Many people often claim that positive thinking brings positive and great things to anyone who practices it. But, come to think of it, what, really, is positive thinking? When is thinking or thought considered to be positive and when is thinking negative? Is it simply thinking about wonderful and good things and wishing them to happen? I believe the answer here is no, positive thinking is much more than that.

First, there is a rule which says that the only way we can indeed get all the things we need is by seeking God’s kingdom first, and living according to His righteousness. Success and prosperity, we are told, comes by reading the Bible everyday, studying its verses day and night, and obeying everything written in that book.

Then, it is written that we must remember God all the time—meaning obeying Him every second of our lives—because it is He who gives the ability to acquire wealth. This, in truth and in fact, is the positive way of thinking, not simply wishing the good to come to us. Think God, know and obey His commands—this makes everything positive and beautiful.

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