KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Manila inmates decry slow trial PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 October 2011 14:26

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God maybe thoroughly equipped for every good work...” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Bible).
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WHERE IS WANING? Ok, the AFP has taken over a supposed encampment of around 100 outlaws led by Waning Abdusalam of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay. But where is Waning? And where are his trusted lieutenants? They were able to escape the military dragnet once again?
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MONITORING HOW P5 M DONATION TO MILF WAS SPENT: Assuming the MILF will submit a report on how it spent the P5 million which the Aquino government donated to it, is there a way by which Malacanang can countercheck if the report is true, and verify that this huge amount was not spent in buying the guns and bullets that were used to kill the 19 officers and men of the AFP in Al-Barka, Basilan?
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CITY JAIL LECTURE ENDS UP WITH A BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER: Last October 26, 2011, I got a chance to go inside the Manila City Jail in Sta. Cruz, Manila  because I was brought there by Dr. Art Platon, a past president of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, upon the invitation of the Caritas, Tondo, Manila, a socio-civic organization whose members are helping jail inmates one way or another.

If you are not used to visiting places like the Manila City Jail, it would be kind of creepy the first time, because as you pass through its gates which are immediately closed behind you, and as you pass by rows and rows of tattoed inmates, you will be invaded by thoughts like, what if a riot would erupt, where would you go or hide?

Anyway, after waiting for about 30 minutes for inmates to come to the place where we were supposed to talk to them, a group of about 20 or so detention prisoners came, prompting us to proceed with our lecture.
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INMATES DECRY SLOW TRIAL: Wow! It was a devastating experience, because many of those who were present were all complaining about how slow their cases were moving, so that even if their complainants were no longer attending hearings and have displayed disinterest par excellence, they continue to be detained for as much as 10 years already!

While I promised to do something to help, as much as I can, I told them that there was only One who could really help them, and it is the greatest lawyer and judge of all time, God Almighty.

To me, that was the highlight of this visit, because I hammered in on them that even if they got nothing from me that afternoon about their immediate release from detention or about their other concerns, they would be winners through and through if they will always remember that God is good—and just—all the time, and that if only they would seek God all the time, His goodness will come upon them without fail.

Was I glad when, in response to that spiel, the prisoners chorused, “Amen”!