KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Mindanao scam in ‘Balik Pinay’ program? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 14:29

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps, the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph…” (Amos 5:14-15, the Holy Bible).
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TERRORIST VS. NAZARENE PROCESSION IS CHRISTIAN-HATER: What kind of a terrorist is he who has the guts to bomb millions and millions of people who are merely professing their faith in Jesus, our God and Savior, through an annual procession? Well, he is not only a terrorist of the highest order, he is not only a mass murderer, he is, first and foremost, a rabid Christian-hater as well.

This threat to bomb the January 9, 2012 Black Nazarene festivities, whether carried out or not, confirms what Jesus said in John 15:18-20 of the Bible, thus: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also...”
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MINDANAO SCAM IN “BALIK PINAY” PROGRAM? Two women overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Misamis Occidental called me up last Monday, complaining that the P5,000.00 which the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) promised to give each of them under its “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay” program did not reach them, as it was allegedly diverted to help the victims of Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.

The women, who used cellphone number 09067979135 in calling me, said the Office of the Governor of Misamis Occidental told them that the P5,000.00 which they were to use to start off small businesses to tide them over after they lost their jobs overseas was already released, through the province’s Public Employment Service Organization (PESO).

Yet, when they asked officials of PESO to release them the money, the women-OFWs said they were told that nothing could be released to them anymore, because the money intended for the “Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay” program in Misamis Occidental was instead used to buy food supplies for Sendong’s victims.

The women are asking: is this not a case of technical malversation, or using government money for something that was not originally intended? I hope OWWA and Misamis Occidental officials could clarify this.
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THIRD MODE TO REMOVE CJ: The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the Metropolitan and City Judges Association of the Philippines (MetCJAP) are, for purposes of academic discussion, gravely wrong in saying that there are only two ways to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona—through impeachment and resignation. There is a third, albeit grim, mode: disability, under Section 11, Art. VIII of the Constitution. Disability, of course, could either be temporary, or permanent.
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HOW MUCH, MR. SECRETARY? Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez is begging the issue by saying that the Aquino government has not paid any single centavo yet to the New York ad agency that came up with the tourism slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. What he must disclose is how much is the Department of Tourism obligated to pay, under its contract with the ad agency, for that slogan which appears to have been merely copied from a 1951 Switzerland slogan. How much, really, Mr. Secretary?
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EVEN LAKAS CMD IS “NO MORE”: Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman is correct that the Lakas-Kampi coalition headed by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is “no more”. But then, whether he admits it or not, even the party which he claims he heads now, the Lakas CMD (Christians Muslims Democrat), is likewise “no more”. Political parties exist only while the President of the country affirms his or her membership with them. After the term of that President ends, his or her party ceases to exist likewise.