KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Issues re: plunder raps vs. ex-PAGCOR chief PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:34

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “ `Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you…” (Jeremiah 32:17, the Holy Bible).
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ISSUES RE: PLUNDER RAPS VS. EX PAGCOR CHIEF: The lawyer in me is saying there is something that does not fit in the latest criminal charges---for graft and plunder---that current officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) filed against former PAGCOR Chairman Efraim Genuino, two of his children, and a host of other former PAGCOR officials, and even against officials of a foundation that later became a party list.

First: could Genuino and his lawyers and officers have been so careless while they were still in PAGCOR that they allowed millions of PAGCOR money to be spent for a private entity like BIDA (or Batang Iwas sa Droga Foundation) without making sure the requirements of the law were complied with at the outset?

Second: was it not the government’s prime concern then, at the time of Genuino, to fight the drug menace which had by then gripped millions of Filipino children across the country, so that it was well within PAGCOR’s mandate to use much of its money in this fight of a lifetime to lick the scourge of illegal drugs among the youth, even if it meant using a private foundation for the purpose?

Third: is current PAGCOR Chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr saying, with this latest complaint against Genuino, that this country should not engage itself in the fight against the drug menace decimating our children?
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MORE THAN AN APOLOGY IS NEEDED: The apology of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) over the involvement of its leaders in the fund scandal besetting the Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is acceptable, but then, there is no denying the fact that it has to do more than apologize if it wants to put a stop to controversies involving its leaders.

For starters, the CBCP may want to focus on reviewing its style of ministering to the spiritual needs of Roman Catholics. Right now, it cannot be denied that many Catholics are no longer being trained to listen to the Word of God through the Bible, and so, many of the faithful get easily swayed when they see and hear someone explaining what the Bible is all about, prompting them to leave and be gone for good.
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GOSPEL IS THE POWER OF GOD’S SALVATION: Here is Romans 1:15-16 of the Bible, which tells us that we should all endeavor to preach the Gospel: “…That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
“For in the Gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: `The righteous will live by faith.’ ”