KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Defects in the P728 agri plunder raps PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 July 2011 14:36

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices, and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator…” (Colossians 3: 9-10, the Holy Bible).
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DEFECTS IN THE P728 AGRI FUND PLUNDER RAPS: Do we congratulate Acting Ombudsman Orlando Casimiro for filing plunder charges against former Agriculture Secretary Luis “Cito” Lorenzo and Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante and private businessmen in connection with the P728 million agriculture fund scam? The answer is no, we should not. Why?

Because, obviously, the charges that Casimiro filed with the Sandiganbayan are defective, in that the congressmen, governors and mayors who received part of the P728 million from the Arroyo government before the 2044 presidential elections were scandalously not included as accused.

The question is: why were they not included as accused when their participation in the supposed plunder is equal to, if not more than, the participation of Lorenzo, Bolante and the other agriculture executives? If the truth be told, with the non-inclusion of the congressmen, governors and mayors in the plunder charge, the case may even be ultimately dismissed.
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WHY WAS GMA NOT INCLUDED IN THE PLUNDER RAPS? And then, again, in view of the evidence that reached Casimiro showing that former President Gloria Arroyo actually wrote marginal notes in the documents covering the release of the P728 million, Gloria should have been automatically included in the plunder charge as well. But why did not Casimiro include her?

In criminal law, there is a principle of conspiracy, whereby the act of one criminal is considered the act of all others who conspired with him. In the case of the agriculture fund scam, it is clear that conspiracy existed, from Gloria to Lorenzo to Bolante and to her political allies. Why then did Casimiro fail to indict Gloria?
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DEPED BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE ON GRADE 11: So, the Department of Education needs P45 billion more to pursue its plan to add one more school year to the existing 10-year elementary-high school education system in the country. Wow, where would the government get that kind of money?

My suggestion is: forget adding one more year, forget Grade 11, and, instead strengthen the current 10-year system by requiring schools nationwide to go heavier on spiritual values by an instruction on the Bible for Christians and on the other holy books for other religions. This is the way to push for real progress and development among our people.
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MORE RULES FOR DAILY LIVING: Colossians 3:5-9 of the Bible gives an interesting set of rules for believers: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

“You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips…” --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO