KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Arroyo’s palace; tragedy of losing power PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 15:22

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song…” (Psalm 95:1-2, the Holy Bible).
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TRAGEDY OF LOSING POWER: The news headlines must be adding all the more to the woes that make the days more unbearable for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after her arrest and detention for the crime of electoral sabotage. Reason? They all report that all is well with the country, despite her current misfortunes in the hands of the Aquino government.

The Inquirer of 21 November 2011 has this headline: “Pampanga allies not mounting protests but concerned about Arroyo treatment”. The Philippine Star of the same date bannered: “Gazmin: No sign of unrest in military after GMA arrest.” SunStar Pampanga chimed in: “Mayor: Kapampangans `saddened’ over Arroyo’s arrest.”
All of these point to only one thing, and that is the truth that after a president steps down from power—and after any politician, for that matter, steps out of office—he or she is left to herself or himself all by his or her lonesome, with all of those who profited from him or her the most, and all those who professed to be loyal to him or her to the end, the first to desert and don’t anymore give a damn.
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BETTER TO RULE WITH FAIRNESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS: This is tragic, for, certainly, Gloria must have expected her allies from all sectors—the military, the legislative, the executive—to come to her aid now that she is being beleaguered by a government that is determined to put her behind bars for the rest of her life.
As it is, not one is even coming out to defend her, obviously because they do not wish to incur the ire of the Aquino government and therefore be made to suffer with her. In these days of trouble, it would seem Gloria can now count on only the Supreme Court for relief, but then, even there, the question would be, for how long can the tribunal go on extending a helping hand to her?

The lesson, therefore, is, it would always be better for a president or any leader to rule with fairness, and with righteousness even, refusing temptations to steal from the people, minded only by a desire to make the country and its people move forward. Then and only then can stepping down from power bring peace and respect from everyone.
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A LEADER MUST BE THE SLAVE OF HIS PEOPLE: Our leaders must not forget that even Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, got deserted by his followers after He was arrested and brought to trial. The person He designated to build His Church, Peter, even denied him three times, as Jesus Himself predicted (John 18:15-27).

It would be wise therefore to be reminded once more of the admonitions given by Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, about what a leader should be: capable men who fear God and who hate dishonest gain (Exodus 18:21). Which is what Jesus, in Mark 10:43-44, also said: a leader must be the slave of all, to serve, and not to be served.
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ARROYO BUILT A PALACE ALRIGHT: I got reactions to about Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Dominican Republic house. One reader said, it is not a house but a palace. This was confirmed to me by someone who said he had been to that structure, overlooking a cliff: Arroyo built a palace alright, not a mere house, fit for a king and a queen, side by side the palace of a Filipino lawmaker. Wow!!!