KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Corona, Cuevas, Palparan, Chavez, Briones PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 December 2011 13:30

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them…” (Luke 2:6-7, the Holy Bible).
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NPA ATTACKS DURING ‘SOMO’? The New Peoples’ Army (NPA) must clarify news reports that it was responsible for a series of attacks resulting in the killing of five soldiers in Barangay Mabuhay, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, in the wounding, through a grenade launcher, of four children in the same village, and in the killing of a resident and wounding of seven soldiers in Bislig City, in just a span of two days.

Did the NPA really stage the attacks, even if the Aquino government already ordered a suspension of military operations, as military officers are claiming? If so, what was its reason for doing so? If not, it should speak out, and belie the allegations against it.
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IMPEACH TRIAL, ALSO A MATTER OF PUBLIC OPINION: Former Solicitor General Frank Chavez is correct: the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is not only a battle of the law and the facts. It is also a battle of propaganda, of public opinion. In fact, most of the senators who will act as judges in the trial will not be concerned about the law and the facts. They will be concerned about what they will be directed to do, or how they will vote, by their respective parties.
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STROKE OF GENIUS: In this respect, the choice of former Supreme Court Justice Serafin Cuevas as the lead counsel who will defend Corona is a stroke of genius. Not only is Cuevas, at 83, the perfect litigator, fully armed with the technicalities of the law. He is also one of the most respected members of the powerful Iglesia Ni Cristo, and whether or not senators will admit it, his presence in Corona’s trial alone speaks volumes about the kind of support the Chief Justice is getting.
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PALPARAN NOT SURRENDERING? Someone called me through my cellphone number 0917 984 24 68 and, after saying he is Jovito Palparan, the retired major general who is now facing a non-bailable kidnapping charge before the Malolos City, Bulacan Regional Trial Court, said: “I am not surrendering, because I know I cannot get justice at this point.” I really do not know if this is Palparan himself, really, but then, I am printing this just the same, so the public may know.
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PROBLEMS IN ‘RO-RO’ TRAVEL: I also got a text message from 09158293447, in Filipino, which, when translated in English, says: “Atty. Mauricio, good morning. I want to ask your help. Ro-ro (roll-on-roll-off) buses plying the Roxas, Mindoro-Caticlan, Aklan route are all suffering delays since yesterday, because only one ship is allowed to travel. Then, the ship is overloaded, because the operators are forcing everyone to be packed alltogether. This is dangerous.” Paging the Department of Transportation and Communications!
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WILL SENATE OBEY TRO FROM SC ON IMPEACHMENT? Lawyer George Briones, formerly a president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Quezon City chapter (the biggest chapter with the most number of lawyers anywhere in the Philippines) sent me this text query: “Will the Senate disobey a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court in the petition filed by (former IBP President Vicente) Millora, ordering it to stop trying Corona?” Yes, President George, what do you think?
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM GOV. JOSON: Former Nueva Ecija Gov. Edno Joson sent me this text greeting, in Filipino: “I hope that in Christmases to come, love for our fellowmen and for our country will remain; concern for others and upholding their interest will always prevail; reason and peace will reign not only for a few moments, so that prosperity and hope in our hearts will abound once more. Merry Christmas, happy New Year!” Thanks, Gov. Joson!
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TODAY, TOMORROW AND YESTERDAY: Retired Philippine National Police Col. Romy Mina, a kababayan of mine from Ramos, Tarlac but who now resides in Bulacan, sent this message: “There are only two days in our lives that we can do nothing about. One is `yesterday’, which is gone, while the other is `tomorrow’, which is uncertain and may not come at all. We can only live in `today’: eat, love, pray, work, relax, and above all, enjoy today. Good morning.” Thanks, Col. Mina.