2012 questions on South China Sea row need answers now! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 August 2018 13:07

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…” (1 John 4:7-8, the Holy Bible).

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2012 QUESTIONS ON SOUTH CHINA SEA NEED ANSWERS NOW! These are questions I asked in 2012 here in Kakampi Mo Ang Batas, which need answers now: “… Is the Aquino government hiding something from the Filipino people about the Scarborough Shoal standoff? Is it true that during the state visit of President Aquino to China in August 2011, he was shown by Chinese officials a deed of sale, signed by President Macapagal, where it appears that the Philippines sold the Shoal to China? If this is true, why are we not being told about this deed?

“I was told that sometime in the 1950s to early 1960s,  the family of the late Sen. Jose Roy of Tarlac occupied the Shoal and conducted business there, even using their own currency system. But for inexplicable reasons, Roy and his relatives were taken out of the Shoal by the Macapagal government. Since then, China, Vietnam and other neighboring countries staked their claims on the tiny islands. Could this be true?

“If all these informations are true, it could explain why the Chinese are so bold in sending their gunships to the Shoal---with the deed of sale signed by Macapagal, they indeed own Scarborough, and so it is but natural for them to flex their muscles against the Philippines’ `intrusion’. Now, this could also explain why Filipino officials are not so keen on bringing the matter to the United Nations---where the Macapagal deed of sale could surface’…”

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FOR PASTORS, IT IS NOT RIGHT TO BE CRITICIZING OTHERS WITH CONTRARY BELIEFS: With what I have been expounding here, based on various verses from the Bible, that Jesus is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there are some pastors from the so-called Born Again Christian denominations who have been directly and openly criticizing me in Facebook and other social media networks, with some even saying the doctrine I am espousing is “oneness”. According to these pastors, what I have been saying are “very dangerous”.

The truth here, beloved Born Again pastors, is, I do not understand your criticisms against what I have been discussing in this column and before other fora. If it is your belief that the contrary doctrines you are espousing are much better than what I have been propagating here, that is well and good. But, isn’t it Biblically true that no one has the right to criticize the faith and beliefs of other Christians?

In the Philippines, we have what is known as the freedom of religious beliefs and worship---or the freedom to espouse any doctrine which is considered by anyone as the true doctrines or beliefs. If you do not subscribe to my expositions that Jesus is indeed God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, your recourse is to explain why you think so. It is not proper for anyone of you to criticize others with a contrary belief.

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CONTRACTS ON SALE OF LAND IS THE LAW BETWEEN THE SELLER AND THE BUYER: Here is a question from one of our readers from japan: “Good afternoon, Sir. I want to ask if it is alright that we be asked to pay a maintenance fee over a lot we bought in Pulilan, Bulacan? We have fully paid for the lot. We were told that the developer sent letters to landowners who have not yet erected their houses or residential units on their lots, seeking the payment of a maintenance fee of P2.00 per square meter. Is this alright?”

Here is the answer of our group, the LAWYERS IN THE LIGHT (or Lawyers Instructed on Godliness, Humility, and Truth): The sale or purchase of lands (or houses and lots) in any subdivision in the Philippines is covered by a written contract. In the Philippines, a contract entered into by anyone constitutes the law between him and the other party. Because, it is important, in queries like the one being made by our reader from Japan, to read the contract very carefully.

If the document contains an obligation of the buyer to pay a maintenance fee, that buyer must pay that fee. There is nothing that the buyer can do, simply because when he signed that contract, he bound himself to comply with its terms and conditions. If that obligation to pay the maintenance fee is not found in the contract, the buyer must not pay anything.

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question bout what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!