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Sunday, 22 May 2016 14:56



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution…” (Revelation 2:10, the Holy Bible).

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DUTERTE’S ASSISTANTS WARRING WITH ONE ANOTHER: It maybe because of the stress or the excitement of becoming our country’s leaders in the next six years, or of the rigors of the just concluded grueling and heavily bruising campaign, that the assistants of President Rodrigo Duterte now appear to be warring or misunderstanding one another, in public yet.

So I say, let us give them time to rest for a while, and fully prepare for the grave work that lies ahead of them. Let us also try to understand that these assistants are all human beings, capable of getting angry at other people whom they perceive may have wronged them, or of making mistakes. They remain, after all, men and women filled with imperfections.

Be that as it may, here is an unsolicited advice to Duterte’s assistants: unless it is something constructive, it would be best to keep one’s mouth fully shut. As a sage once said, it is better to be silent and be considered as having something deep in one’s mind, rather than talk, or open one’s mouth, and be proved a fool.

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LAVINA, EVASCO, LEAVING DUTERTE CAMP? Peter Tiu Lavina, the campaign spokesman of Duterte, let out quite a mouthful during the press conference he gave to mediamen who were camping out in Davao City last Friday, May 20, 2016, which proved beyong reasonable doubt that all is not really well not only between him and Duterte’s other assistants, but between him and Duterte as well.

His first point: media should ask lawyer Salvador Panelo, not him (Lavina, that is) regarding the appointments of former Justice Undersecretary Jose Calida as the incoming solicitor general and of some other appointments allegedly made by Duterte. It showed that one, Lavina, is surprisingly not in the loop about these appointments, and two, that he is not seeing eye to eye with Panelo.

This lends some truth to the Facebook post of Joel Sy Maguiza Egco, the Malacanang reporter of the Manila Times, to the effect that Lavina and Duterte campaign manager Leoncio Evasco have left the Duterte camp now, because they are allegedly being left out in the cold by the other assistants of the incoming president, notably Panelo and longtime executive assistant Bong Go. True or false?

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DEPED PERSECUTING CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS: My wife (former Judge Angelina Domingo Mauricio) and I filed, this week, two cases against the Department of Education, challenging its orders preventing the continued operation of elementary and secondary schools owned and operated by Christian churches across the country.

Two groups—the United Association of Christian Educators of the Philippines (ASCEP) and the Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS)—sought our help as lawyers, on the argument that Christian churches, or those belonging to the Born Again denomination, have Biblical, Constitutional, and statutory mandates to own and operate schools with the principal duty of teaching spirituality to children.

These Christian churches have been owning and operating schools for ages, and the DepEd already recognized their right to own and operate these schools, in the light of their good performance. Suddenly, apparently on the prodding of some powerful business groups, the DepEd turned around and is now persecuting the Christian schools. Work of the devil?

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