Annual independence celebration a sham PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2016 11:44

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 25:40, the Holy Bible).

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FILIPINOS REMAIN IMPRISONED, NOT INDEPENDENT: Is there any benefit in celebrating the Philippines’ so-called “118 years of independence” when, clearly, Filipinos remain imprisoned in their own selfish and greedy, corrupt and decadent, selves?

Independence from what? From foreign domination? Well, we only have to look at various parts of our supposed territory today and we can see that foreigners still dominate all of us, in almost every aspect of our lives. Independence from poverty and want? We only have to go around in Metro Manila anytime, and we can see that Filipinos scrounge garbage cans just to find food!

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ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE FETE A SHAM: Pardon me but this annual celebration of our country’s supposed independence is in reality a big sham, a mere opportunity for politicians to mouth their slogans anew, even if the only thing they have truly done is to sink all of us deeper into the quagmire of division, economic difficulty, and graft and corruption.

We can only celebrate independence if Filipinos no longer have to fear going out of their houses because criminals, instead of law enforcers, roam the streets, ready to kill and be killed for a few pesos; if Filipinos no longer have to go abroad to earn a decent wage, even if in return their families break and their children grow up to be rebels, drug addicts, and dregs of society.

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PANGILINAN’S LAW ON CHILD CRIMINALS REJECTED: Returning Senator Francis Pangilinan must be squirming wherever he is nowadays, even if, in just a few days, he will be among those who will be reinstalled in the Senate to assume the task of lawmaking once more. Why? All because his pet legislation, the Juvenile Justice Law, is being mocked almost everywhere now, with the impending rule of President Rodrigo Duterte.

You see, Pangilinan’s law prohibits anyone, including the police and barangay officials, from arresting any young person who have committed even the most heinous crime. The authorities who will arrest these young criminals will be the ones who will be prosecuted and severely punished, under Pangilinan’s law.

Yet, Duterte’s policies on child curfew and the imposition of penalties for parents of children who commit crimes have clearly set aside Pangilinan’s law. This is stupendous because child curfew is imposed by mere city or local ordinances which are much lower, and should therefore give way, to Pangilinan’s law. The silence of Pangilinan on this matter is deafening, really!

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ROTARY VOW: COMPLETE MORE PROJECTS FOR THE POOR: All Star President Triccie Buenaventura of the Rotary Club of Pasay Southeast (District 3810 of Rotary International) and her husband, Walter, really pulled no stops, in a manner of speaking, in making her induction as the eight president of the club last June 11, 2016, Saturday, not only a truly memorable one, but more of a really relevant installation of Rotary officers.

Good food and entertainment (with the sultry Dulce belting out greatly loved songs) made the guest very thankful all throughout the ceremonies that lasted into midnight, but the highlight was Triccie’s vow to complete more projects Rotary envisioned for Rotary Year 2016-2017. District Governor Ernest Yuyek, after inducting Triccie, reminded everyone that Rotary clubs are the backbone of Rotary, and must therefore be strengthened all the more this year! Mabuhay!!!

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2016 12:01