KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: LRT, MRT subsidies needed by all Pinoys PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 September 2011 14:22

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ...” (Colossians 1:28, the Holy Bible).
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LRT, MRT SUBSIDIES NEEDED: The reason being advanced by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to justify the collection of higher fares for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) systems—that is, taxpayers from outside Metro Manila should no longer subsidize the LRT and MRT fares for Metro Manilans—is convoluted and deceptive.

The fact is that, many Metro Manila residents who are riding the LRT and the MRT on a daily basis  in reality work in government and private offices which make this country and the entire Filipino nation move forward, and therefore needed to be helped so they could individually do their jobs that contribute to the over-all economic, political and other activities which we all benefit from.
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METRO MANILANS WORK FOR THE GOOD OF WHOLE RP: To say that it is not fair that taxpayers from the provinces should be subsidizing the fares for Metro Manilans because these provincial taxpayers do not benefit from the work Metro Manilans do, is therefore misleading.

To paraphrase what the Holy Bible said in Ephesians 2:19-22 and 4:15-16, every Filipino from every part of the Philippines is part of one body and all are mandated to work together, help one another, and pursue the development of the country and the people together, even if sacrifices have to be made by each of them along the way.
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UNSOLICITED ADVICE RE: FIGHT VS. GRAFT: The efforts of the Ombudsman to streamline its operations and fast-track the resolution of graft cases is greatly laudable. It is therefore an Act of God that a new Ombudsman has been put in place, evidently to put a check on the Ombudsman’s previous system which saw the ballooning to unimaginable proportions of cases which remained unresolved through time.

I wish to offer an unsolicited advice though: the fight against corruption takes many forms, but it would do well for the concerned authorities to remember that corruption is a matter of the heart, mind and spirit of a public official. An official whose heart, mind and spirit are godless is an official prone to graft.
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INSTILLING GODLINESS AMONG GOV’T MEN: It would therefore be an important element, in the campaign against graft and corruption, to make an effort to put godliness and righteousness among employees and officials of government, through activities like regular Bible studies (or Koran studies for Muslims) and prayer meetings right inside the Office of the Ombudsman and in all other government offices.

As the Bible said in its Proverbs 14:34, “(R)ighteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”  In Ephesians 4:28, it is there also stated: “The thief must no longer steal, but rather labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with one in need…”
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“MAINTAIN JUSTICE IN THE COURTS”: And, finally, since two judges of the Regional Trial Courts in Metro Manila are in the news as a result of the administrative cases that have been filed against them by disgruntled litigants, I wish to remind our good magistrates across the country of what the prophet Amos, speaking for God, said in Amos 5:15: “… maintain justice in the courts…”