KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: DENR discriminates vs. Pantukan poor PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2012 13:44

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God…” (Ephesians 5:1-2, the Holy Bible).
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TRUE MEANING OF SURVEYS: If a survey focusing on people’s satisfaction and acceptability is to be held now, what rating will Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. get? Tupas is the head of the prosecution panel in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, but is being accused in the media likewise, with pictures, of using government equipment in his businesses in Iloilo.

Will Tupas resign his position if his satisfaction rating is low? Will he agree that the surveys would be the best gauge of whether the accusations of graft against him are true, so that a low survey rating would mean not only guilt and a rejection by the people, but a reason to quit?

Perhaps, it would do well for Tupas to be reminded of what Jesus, our God and Savior, said in Matthew 7:1-3 of the Bible: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

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MOST OFFICIALS WILL FLUNK LIFESTYLE CHECKS: I agree with Sen. Gregorio Honasan: all government officials, from the top down, should be subjected to lifestyle checks, too. If we do this, many of them will surely fail and be impeached, too, or will face graft cases.

For a long time, it has become an accepted Filipino tradition that even the most ordinary individual who gets elected or appointed to a government position becomes rich and powerful in just a short span of time after election or appointment, even if he has no visible means to acquire fantastic wealth. This is the reason why politicians will do everything, including murder and cheating, just to be elected.

For whatever it is worth, Sen. Honasan, here is a Biblical rebuke against them, found in Matthew 16:26: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
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GOV’T MUM ON PLAGIARIZED TOURISM SLOGAN: Why is the Aquino government mum on accusations that the new tourism slogan of the Philippines, “It’s more fun in the Philippines”, was merely plagiarized from a 1951 Switzerland campaign? And why is Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez being given a chance to prove the worth of a slogan that was merely copied, when Alberto Lim was denied that chance with his own “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” campaign?

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DISCRIMINATING VS. THE POOR: The plan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to plug with concrete the mining tunnels in Pantukan, Compostela Valley to prevent more deadly landslides in the area is discriminatory against the poor. Why plug the only source of income for many people there, when DENR is allowing foreign mining companies to mine three million hectares of land in other places? Why not just make the mining tunnels safer?
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BLACK NAZARENE FIESTA: As I was writing this column,  Catholics in Manila are in a frenzy, preparing for the annual procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, which is believed to be participated in by about 10 million people. Very nice display of faith, but I hope Catholics can do something more substantial to show their faith, like reading the Bible everyday, meditating on it day and night, and following it all their lives, like what Joshua 1:8 is saying.