PNoy’s battle vs. corruption a failure PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:04

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors, thrusting out all your enemies before you, as the Lord said…” (Deuteronomy 6:18-19, the Holy Bible).

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PNOY’S BATTLE VS. CORRUPTION A FAILURE: The one single but most telling admission that President Aquino’s “righteous governance” glaringly failed despite his being the head of government for six years came not from his political enemies or detractors, but from his own personal choice to lead the battle against graft and corruption in 2010, his Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

In a press statement which appeared online on February 01, 2016 (see http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/760389/ombudsman-so-many-in-govt-are-corrupt), Morales decried the existing “super number of corrupt government officials throughout the bureaucracy”. She said corruption remains prevalent in government, which is a flat admission that Aquino bungled his campaign to stamp out graft during his six years in office.

Well, if the truth be told, it was clear right from the start that Aquino had nothing but bravado and mere sloganeering in his supposed campaign against graft and corruption. While he popularized the slogan “walang mahirap kung walang korap” (there is no poverty if there is no corruption), he meant it only to win votes, which he sadly did, but there was no definite plan of action to achieve that dream, just like in every other election promise he made.

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DOCUMENTS NECESSARY FOR RE-MARRIAGE: Andrea San Diego, from San Manuel, Pangasinan, called me and asked: “My marriage with my former husband was annulled by virtue of a court decision in my province. Now, I want to be married again, to a man who is single. What must I do so that I can proceed with this second marriage?”

The answer is simple. Under Art. 13 of the Family Code of the Philippines, it is the rule: “In case either of the contracting parties has been previously married, the applicant shall be required to furnish, instead of the birth or baptismal certificate required in the last preceding article, the death certificate of the deceased spouse or the judicial decree of the absolute divorce, or the judicial decree of annulment or declaration of nullity of his or her previous marriage.

“In case the death certificate cannot be secured, the party shall make an affidavit setting forth this circumstance and his or her actual civil status and the name and date of death of the deceased spouse.” Andrea must therefor present any of these documents to the Local Civil Registrar of the place where she and her new boyfriend intended to be married so the appropriate marriage license can be issued to them.

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KEY TO PROSPERITY AND SUCCESS: In social media today, we find an enormous amount of “inspirational messages” whose intention is to instruct many of us how to be positive in our thoughts. The problem, however, is this: not many people are deriving actual benefits from those messages, leaving many disappointed and frustrated. My advice, if anyone wants true “inspiration”? Try the Bible.

Let us see one message from the Bible (which has been called an acronym because every letter in it stands for a word—“basic” for B, “instructions” for I, “before” for B, “leaving” for L, and “earth” for E, or “basic instructions before leaving earth”)—that is truly awesome, and it is taken from Deuteronomy 6:4-25.

In gist, what these verses are saying is this: all of us must understand that our God is an awesome God, and that we must love Him with all our heart, our soul and our mind, since it is He who allows us to find prosperity, love, peace, and contentment. We should not turn our backs on Him, for if we do so, we will be destroyed beyond retrieval. We must learn His commands, and obey them carefully at all times!

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