KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Culture of disregarding the laws PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 January 2012 14:59

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’…” (Micah 6:8, the Holy Bible).
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CULTURE OF DISREGARDING AND VIOLATING THE LAWS: Quezon Rep. Erin Tanada may or may not be aware of it, but his refusal, and the refusal as well of the other members of the House prosecution panel in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, to stop public discussions of the case even in the face of clear Senate rules prohibiting such public discussions is encouraging chaos and anarchy among our people more and more.

Why? Simply because Tanada and the prosecution panel are showing to all Filipinos that it is no longer necessary to obey rules and regulations and existing laws! Laws, by the conduct and behavior of Tanada and the panel, are now portrayed to cover only the lowly and the under-privileged, not congressmen and others who are powerful or are close to the powers-that-be, who could now do anything they fancy.

I am afraid that Tanada and company are stretching a bit too far now the concept of “people power”, not only to justify their violations of Senate rules, but also to justify their public vilification of Corona in preparation for the January 16, 2012 trial of the impeachment case. I said it before, I say it again: we will all regret this culture of disregarding and violating the laws, for it will plunge this country into a destructive and deadly civil war.
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QUO VADIS, SENDONG VICTIMS? And so, the Philippine National Police is now carrying out the orders of President Aquino to prevent residents of Cagayan De Oro City from rebuilding their houses in places like Isla de Oro, Isla Delta, Isla Bugnao, Isla Cupa and in Sitio Cala-Cala, Barangay Macasandig, which are considered high risk areas as they are flood-prone. PNP men have been demolishing shanties as soon as they are built there.

Congratulations, PNP, for obeying the President. But then, will someone please tell us, is there anyone who has been ordered to find alternative sites where the hundreds of thousands of Sendong victims from Cagayan De Oro City who lost their houses can put up their residences to start life anew?

The reason why Cagayanons are risking everything once again and rebuilding their homes in the very places where they nearly drowned last December 2011 is that, they have no other place to go to. Yes, it is dangerous for them to return to their former barangays, but the government is not giving them any alternative. All that the government has done is to prevent them from returning to their old places, nothing else.
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BIBLICAL ADMONITION ABOUT CARING FOR OTHERS: This is clearly anti-Biblical. Indeed, the Bible is telling us that we cannot be telling our fellowmen, “God bless you, I wish you well”, while we do nothing to address their most urgent needs. That is entirely useless, we are told.

Here is what James 2:14-19 says: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.

“If one of you says to them, `Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, `You have faith; I have deeds. Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds…”’