Malacañang, will you refrain from gambling on DU30’s safety? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 12:48

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth’…” (Hosea 6:3, the Holy Bible).

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MALACAÑANG, WILL YOU REFRAIN FROM GAMBLING ON DU30’S SAFETY? I do not wish to appear as an alarmist person, or a strawman trying to scare people away but, if I were to be asked, I would not permit President Duterte to fly to Singapore on a two-hour trip on board an airplane that can carry only a maximum of eight passengers.

That kind of an airplane is too small, and is susceptible of being swayed by the winds while it is on flight. Then, two hours would be an extremely long trip inside that airplane for the highest official of the country.

My suggestion is that, if the President wants to save on expenses, he must take a commercial plane like an ordinary passenger, bringing with him the least possible number of assistants. It would also be a lot comfortable and safe to fly in a commercial plane, which could even provide the President with an opportunity to interact with other people. Oh well! Malacanang, can you please refrain from gambling on the President’s safety?

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US EMBASSY, DFA, CAN YOU PLEASE TAKE PITY ON THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR GATES? I was greatly horrified with a scene that I witnessed outside the gates and walls of the US Embassy in Roxas Blvd., Manila, when I passed by that place early morning of Tuesday, April 25, 2018, to go to the Bacoor City Regional Trial Court for a hearing on a land dispute in Cavite. I felt the same horror as I passed through the Consular Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) along Macapagal Avenue, Paranaque City, after my hearing.

Here’s why: the people lining up outside of the edifices of these two offices were all sweltering and withering under the scorching sun, which had been causing unbearable heat enough to burn the skin of many on that day, and even on the days before that. With that kind of heat from the sun, many of those that lined up at the US Embassy and DFA would surely be afflicted with ailments after their ordeal.

My question here is simple: why is it that the US Embassy and the DFA appear unconcerned with the welfare of the people they are dealing with? Why, a simple tent or anything that could provide some shade from the sun would have sufficed. Surely, US Embassy and DFA officials are aware of the sufferings of the people lining up outside their buildings, yet, why are they refusing to act, one way or the other?

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MAKATI TRAFFIC AIDES WANTED TO EXTORT FROM BACOOR SHERIFF? At the Bacoor City Regional Trial Court, I chanced upon a sheriff of that court angrily complaining about his experience with traffic aides of Makati City Tuesday morning. The Bacoor sheriff said the aides told him that his car would be towed, because the place where he parked it was a “no parking zone”.

According to the sheriff, he parked in that place because there was a tarpaulin signage which said parking in the area was allowed. When he pointed to that signage to the aides, he was told that the notice was no longer in force. Then, because he parked in a “no parking zone”, the aides reiterated they would tow his car, requiring him to pay a towage fee in the process.

That angered the Bacoor City sheriff. He got out of his car and bawled out the Makati traffic aides, telling them that if they insisted on towing his vehicle, all hell will break lose. Good that the aides desisted from their threat, the sheriff said, who told me that it appeared the Makati traffic aides merely wanted to shake him down, which he refused to indulge.

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