KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Defiance and destruction PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:13

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” (Isaiah 9:6, the Holy Bible).
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CHANGE FOR THE BETTER: Starting this year, I am rephrasing my Christmas greetings, away from the traditional “Merry Christmas”, to “May Jesus change us”. Change from Jesus is what we urgently need now, to address the many problems coming to us—from warring leaders in government, from perpetually-greedy businessmen, from people no longer believing truthfully in God, and from death and destruction coming from natural calamities.

This is the change that we need, because it is the only change that can solve our problems. The change that politicians the world over, the Philippines included, have been promising through the years all proved futile in making lives better for the human race. If the truth be told, the only change that our leaders have given us is the change for the worse, year after year.

With Jesus changing our lives, we are assured of changes for the better, for He said, in John 15:5 and 7 of the Bible: “ If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…” We can have this change now, by reading and obeying the Bible in earnest.
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WHO DETERMINES IF CHARTER IS VIOLATED? President Aquino was legally correct in saying that the other justices of the Supreme Court could face impeachment under his government only if they would violate the Constitution or commit an impeachable offense, and not just because they were appointees of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  Of course, this is as it should be, for that is what the law says.

But the scary thing here is this: when can we say that the justices committed an infraction of the Constitution? When they shall have voted against the wishes of the Aquino government? When they shall have voted in favor of Arroyo? This precisely, according to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, is the “offense” being imputed to Chief Justice Renato Corona now.
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NEW DISASTER TO HIT CAGAYAN DE ORO, ILIGAN? Another disaster worse than that given by Sendong is about to strike Cagayan De Oro City and Iligan City once again—and this could kill much more than the 1,100 or so people who perished in the Sendong floods. What is this? This is the tragedy of millions of donations and relief goods not reaching the true victims, either because they were pocketed, or left rotting in warehouses.

To prevent this, the Department of Social Welfare and Development must make a public inventory of how much has been given at present by all donors, foreign or local, and then, publicly account likewise where these donations went, who received them, and how they were distributed. Even now, people are complaining that no relief goods or assistance are given to them, even if news headlines are full of stories of million dollar donations.

DEFIANCE VS. SC: The impeachment rant against all the justices appointed by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo I can understand, but what I find really incomprehensible and revolting are high government officials openly fomenting defiance against the Supreme Court, just like what Cavite Rep. Joseph E.A. Abaya is asking the Senate to do, if the tribunal moves to stop the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Yes, from the point of Abaya and his gang, there maybe a pressing need to have Corona impeached, and yes, Abaya, et. al. need not pull the stops to achieve this objective, but care must be taken that the entire judicial branch and the system of obedience to the rule of law are not likewise be destroyed in the process. Right now, in an effort to kill the proverbial rat, many government officials are burning and bringing the whole house down.

If Abaya thinks that his calls of disrespect and defiance against the highest court of the land are patriotic and in the interest of our country and our people, and even cute in the eyes of his patrons, he must think very carefully, because what he is doing is actually encouraging Filipinos to rise against, and defy, not just the Supreme Court and all established rules, but even against the whole government, too.
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DEFIANCE AND DESTRUCTION: Long after Abaya and his group are gone, the ill effects of their attacks against the Supreme Court will remain, and would in fact be used as basis for future disrespect, defiance and disobedience of the court by anyone dissatisfied or in disagreement with its rulings and pronouncements.

The argument will be, since government officials in 2011 fought the Supreme Court because of their disagreements and dissatisfaction with its justices, citizens of the country in future years will also have no qualms fighting it and its justices. Fighting the court had been done before, so there is no reason why it could not be done likewise, in the future.

And since fighting the Supreme Court shall have become an institutionalized act, perpetrated by the very officials who are supposed to be following it for the sake of the rule of law, fighting other government agencies would become an “in” thing too. God forbids, but, with a scenario like this, it wouldn’t be long before our people get enmeshed in chaos and anarchy. It wouldn’t be long before our country gets totally destroyed.
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BIBLICAL WARNINGS VS.  FIGHTING AUTHORITIES: This is rightfully the reason why the Bible, in its various chapters and verses, is very vocal against fighting the authorities, and why, in the case of ruthless and corrupt authorities, praying for, and not fighting, them is advocated. The Bible indeed prescribes a very steep price for those who fight the authorities, even the corrupt ones: total destruction.

In Romans 13:1-2, it is said: “…Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…”

In 1 Timothy 2: 1-3, this is what we find: “… `I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior’…”