A better way to commemorate saints PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 26 June 2016 14:47

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I will call a swift bird of prey from the east—a leader from a distant land to come and do my bidding. I have said what I would do, and I will do it…” (Isaiah 46:11, the New Living Translation, the Holy Bible).

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A BETTER WAY TO COMMEMORATE SAINTS: Don’t get me wrong if I say that the energy devoted by many of our countrymen, particular those from San Juan City and other places which honor St. John as their patron saint, in commemorating the saint’s supposed birthday on June 24, could have been put to better use.

Indeed, the birthday of St. John is as good an occasion as any to celebrate and remember a great Biblical personality. But then, I am sure St. John would have been happier if those celebrating in his name would have fully understood why there was a need to douse water on anyone passing through the streets and thoroughfares on that day.

If the revelers, like the natives of San Juan City in Metro Manila, are to be asked, would they be able to explain what is behind the tradition of forcibly wetting people with water? I don’t wish to denigrate anyone here, but my gut feel is that, the celebrants would be hard put doing so, and simply say, it is a tradition they have been born into, and they are simply continuing with it. Sad, really.

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CRIME OF RAPE PRESCRIBES IN 20 YEARS: Here is a question coming from 09461510851, with slight revision to make it a readable English translation: “Good morning. I wish to ask if a case can still be filed by my friend, a woman. She joined a drinking spree of our common friends. Later, she and the other drinkers went to a hotel to sleep. My friend stayed in a room with man, who maneuvered to have sex with her, using only half of her body, from the waist up.

“Can she still sue the man, even if the incident took place some three years back?” Yes, if it is true that the woman was simply forced to have sex with a man, even using only the upper part of her body, three years ago, she can still file a case for rape or acts of lasciviousness. Cases like rape and acts of lasciviousness can be prosecuted with a period of 20 years from their occurrence.

Significantly, I wish to point out here that even if there was no sexual intercourse during the rape, any person (whether a man or a woman) who inserts a finger or any other object on the mouth of the victim can already be held liable for rape. The law on rape had been extended quite broadly, to include even oral intercourse.

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“LEADER DISCIPLE” OF AND KNK: Please allow me to deal more lengthily today on how the leader of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (or AND KNK, Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church managed to be named “leader disciple”. When we were starting to register the Church with the Securities and Exchange Commission late 2006 and on to early 2007, we were trying to decide what to call our leader.

After much thinking, I suddenly remembered that, at that time, I was installed as the “Leader President” of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, after the original “Leader President” died 30 days after she assumed the presidency. Without further hesitation, I decided that the leader of AND KNK would have to be called the “Leader Disciple”, much like the “Leader President” that I was at that time.

Everybody agreed. The fact is that, all the original members of AND KNK believed that this Church would be a church of “disciples”, each one of whom would go and preach Jesus as God and Savior. However, everybody agreed that there has to be one leader of these disciples, as Isaiah 46:11 prophesied, and that would be the “Leader Disciple”. Thank God in the Name of Jesus!

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