‘The corrupt are with PNoy’ — Alan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 14:18

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…  By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword…” (Hebrews 11:33, the Holy Bible).

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FOR NEW NPC OFFICERS, FIGHT LIBEL LAWS: Congratulations are in order for the new set officers of the National Press Club of the Philippines who will serve a two-year term starting May 01, 2016, led by President Paul Gutierrez and newly-minted NPC director Benedict Abaygar Jr. of GNN Cable Network.

The marching orders for Gutierrez, Abaygar, and the rest of the victors in last Sunday elections is to join other newsmen from the provinces who have petitioned the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the Revised Penal Code provisions on libel. It is time to do away with libel as a crime, as international conventions and agreements where the Philippines is a signatory have relentlessly urged.

Also, Gutierrez and Abaygar must start pressuring incoming lawmakers to muster enough courage to pass legislation that would decriminalize libel. We are fed up with congressmen and senators, and even lawyers, who have initiated proposals to remove libel as a crime, only to turn around later if they themselves are made the subject of biting press criticisms.

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“THE CORRUPT ARE WITH PNOY”-ALAN: Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, the running mate of Davao City Mayor and leading presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, appears to have conceded, in an open letter to Press Secretary Edwin Lacierda, defeat in his vice presidential fight. In his closing sentence in that letter, while he firmly announced that Duterte is going to win, he said nothing about his own chances.

Which is what it should be, for a practical politician like Cayetano. He knows when defeat stares him in the face. But, that is just a small part of his letter to Lacierda. Here are some of what Cayetano said, in response to Lacierda’s letter to Duterte: “The corrupt that you despise so much are hiding in the very government that you represent and defend…”

Cayetano had more: “Before signing bank secrecy waivers became fashionable, as early as March 11, Mayor Duterte and I signed a waiver and sent copies to our rivals so they may do the same. Sadly, none of them, not even your candidate, heeded our request. Yet when Mayor Duterte became the target of a well-oiled negative campaign, your candidate suddenly became the champion of bank waivers. What grand hypocrisy!”

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AND KNK TO CRITICS: “WE STAND BY DUTERTE-MARCOS CHOICE”: Our Church, the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church is receiving a lot of indignant responses on its decision to vote as a block for Duterte and Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. The responses, it must be said, truly represent the sad decline of respect for the contrary opinion of others in this country.

Filipinos—especially those who assume an air of righteous after managing to acquire even just the minimum ability of reading and writing—now shamelessly berate others for espousing opinions contrary to their own opinions, as if their opinions are the only ones that are correct and morally upright.

This is what Jesus, our God and Savior, derisively referred to as “judging others” when the person making the judgment is himself susceptible of being judged for his own wrongful conduct. To our critics out there, let me tell this to you: what have you done, really, to help our countrymen who are in need, aside from endless yacking and scheming against those  who truly help?

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PLEASE WATCH OR LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, a news-commentary radio program, aired at DZEC 1062 kHz and other Radyo Agila provincial stations, at http://www.eaglebroadcasting.net/radyoagila and at www.youtube.com (type DZEC Radyo Agila Tambalang Batas at Somintac 1062 Live), 6 to 7 in the morning, Philippine time. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0977 805 9058. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.