Duterte being chastised by his mere subalterns? Print
Saturday, 01 September 2018 12:26

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…” (Romans 13:1-2, the Holy Bible)

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DUTERTE BEING CHASTISED BY HIS MERE SUBALTERNS? No matter how one looks at the whole thing, the impression one indelibly gets is this: President Duterte is being castigated by the Department of National Defense, the Philippine National Police, and even by his own mere subordinates in Malacañang, on the supposition that he was not telling the truth on the alleged plot of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US to assassinate him.

Isn’t it a fact that the President already claimed, in his speech during the League of Municipalities Visayas Island Cluster Conference in Cebu City on August 21, 2018, that the CIA is out to kill him? Indeed, the truth is that, even long before this Cebu speech of the President, he had already been publicly discoursing on his accusations against the CIA and its supposed plot to liquidate him.

Yet, the President is being made to appear as a small boy being chastised of mischief by the DND, the PNP, and by Malacañang, with their public refutation of what he had been saying. Wittingly or unwittingly, what these mere subalterns of the Chief Executive have been succeeding to do is to portray him, their superior and commander-in-chief, as a liar who is not to be trusted with his public pronouncements, or as someone who is delusional on account of the books he has been reading.

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PROOFS OFFERED BY JESUS TO SHOW HE IS GOD THE FATHER (I):

Today, let us tackle here the various pieces of proof that Jesus gave to prove He is God and Savior who is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of these can be seen from His own pronouncement that He, Jesus, is “I Am”, the God the Father who sent Moses to lead his fellow Israelites, God’s chosen people, out of their slavery of 400 years in Egypt.

We can see this pronouncement of Jesus in John 8. While Jesus’s discourses were often clothed in parables, He made it clear in John 8 who He really was. According to Him, He is “I Am”. He said this twice---first in John 8:24 and second in John 8:28. This statement of Jesus that He is “I Am” is a clear confession, as it were, of His being God the Father.

To recall, we must not forget that God the Father introduced Himself to Moses, in Exodus 3, that He, the God the Father, had a Name, which is “I Am”---who is the Lord, the God called Yahweh, who is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is therefore clear that when Jesus said He is “I Am”, what He was really saying then was that He is God the Father. No more, no less.

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DEFAMATION IN SOCIAL MEDIA IS CYBER LIBEL: Here is a question from Reyha Ramirez: “Good evening Atty. Batas. I need your advice sir. I am in debt in the amount of P11,000.00 which I am paying on installment. I failed to pay the installment due this month, since I still have some P4,000.00 of this obligation still unpaid. The problem is, they have been relentlessly posting in social media about this. My name is even publicized there.

“Can I sue them for libel? I have a screenshot of the posts, although only the first ones. The succeeding posts were merely relayed to me by my friends, since I can no longer view their posts.”

Here is the answer of the LAWYERS IN THE LIGHT (Lawyers Instructed on Godliness, Humility, and Truth): There are various elements that must be proved in a criminal case for libel. The requirement is that, all of these elements must concur and be shown to have existed so a libel complaint can be filed and then prosecuted. Anyway, libel in social media is a serious offense---it is called cyber libel, and is punishable with about seven years of imprisonment. Please call for details 0977 805 9058, 0917 984 24 68, and 0933 825 1308.

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it may be, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas. Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!