The good that came to RP after Duterte became prexy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 August 2016 14:13

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken…” (Psalm 16:8, the Holy Bible).

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THE GOOD THAT CAME TO RP AFTER DUTERTE BECAME PRESIDENT: Pardon me for saying this, but I am certainly glad that the Filipino people are now being given the privilege of being told that their top officials, who once pontificated on righteousness as they enjoyed the vast powers of government, were in reality committing acts that not only betrayed the trust and confidence that had been reposed on them by virtue of their lofty positions, but also destroyed the minds and the spirit of many beyond redemption with illegal drugs and criminality.

If President Duterte did not become our Chief Executive, we would not have known that police generals were in cahoots with drug lords which operated drug syndicates across the country; that governors, mayors, and other local officials were actually serving as tentacles of drug rings because they were responsible for the distribution of drugs and proliferation of crimes in their localities.

And most important of all, we would not have known, if Duterte did not ascend to power, that the very guardians of justice at the highest levels of government under the term of President Benigno Aquino III could be behind the dastardly operation of laboratories inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City that mass produced shabu during the Aquino administration, with the apparent cooperation or participation of prison officials.

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SHAMING AND UNMASKING OF OFFICIALS MUST CONTINUE: And so I say to President Duterte, this shaming and unmasking of government officials as shabu protectors and even as crime lords, must continue. The President must at this point even look into the involvement of officials higher than those being accused by him on drugs, for it is widely known that nothing moves in this country without the permission, tacit or express, of the highest officials of government.

Any right thinking Filipino certainly knows that a mere alter ego of another official will not dare to act or decide, or to even receive bribe money especially from sources as polluted as drug lords or criminal syndicate operators, if the higher official did not at the very least know what was taking place, or how much was exchanging hands.

It cannot be denied, as some had already derisively suggested, that the government is actually the greatest syndicate of all, controlled by only one person who sits at the top of the administrative totem pole. Consequently, the fight against crime and criminality and gross corruption, if it is to have any effect at all, must look into what the top official did, or did not do, during his term.

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BUT NO INTEREST IN SPIRITUAL REVIVAL OF FILIPINOS? For too long a time, Filipinos talked about the involvement of high government officials in crime and criminality, including corruption, only in bated breath and in whispered tones. Even when there is a clear evidence of the offi