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SC Justice Velasco: “Most Outstanding Jurist”


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s… You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord…” (2 Chronicles 20:15, 17, the Holy Bible).

SC JUSTICE PRESBITERO J. VELASCO JR., CJ NOMINEE: Here is an item from Wikipedia about a nominee for Chief Justice at the Supreme Court: “Born on August 8, 1948 in Pasay City, Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. is a product of the public school system. He went to J. Sumulong Elementary School (First Honorable Mention) and the University of the Philippines (UP) Preparatory School, respectively, for elementary and high school.
“He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UP finishing the course in only three years. He went on to take up his Bachelor of Laws from the same university. At the UP College of Law, Justice Velasco was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society and served on the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal.

“He graduated eighth in the Class of 1971. He placed sixth in the 1971 Philippine Bar Examination with a bar rating of 89.85%. He engaged in private law practice for 20 years before joining the public sector as a regular member of the Judicial and Bar Council in 1993.

“MOST OUTSTANDING JURIST”: “Justice Velasco also served as Undersecretary of the Department of Justice from 1995 to April 1998. He was concurrently Commissioner of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board. He was also Chairman of the Board of Pardons and Parole, Commissioner of the Commission on Settlement of Land Disputes, and Member of the Committee on Privatization.

“In 1998, he was appointed Court of Appeals Justice. He was ranked eighth in disposition of cases when he was named Court Administrator in 2001. Justice Velasco has also served the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in several capacities: as its National President in 1987, as Commissioner of the IBP Committee on Bar Discipline, and as Honorary Chairman and Past National Co-Chairman of the IBP National Committee on Legal Aid.

“He was awarded Most Outstanding Jurist by the Consumers Union of the Philippines in 2000. Justice Velasco is married to Lorna Q. Velasco with whom he has three children: Vincent Michael, Lord Allan Jay, and Tricia Nicole. Tricia (Ateneo Law School, Juris Doctor program) passed the 2008 Philippine Bar Examination.” This Wikipedia report lists Velasco’s affiliation as “Sigma Rho”.

PRAYERS FOR MANNY PACQUIAO: I urge all Filipinos to pray for Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao---for him to win one more time, and bring one more honor to our honor-starved country, at least in the field of international boxing---in his fight with unbeaten and much-younger American boxing champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday, American time, and Sunday, Philippine time.

This fight excites many boxing fans for many reasons, but I am titillated by the Biblical dimension of it all. I mean, Pacquiao’s full name is “Emmanuel”, which is the name given by the Lord to the Son that a virgin will give birth to, to save his people (Isaiah 7:14). Emmanuel, of course, means “God is with us”.

On the other hand, Bradley’s first name, Timothy, is the name of one of the great followers of Paul, the apostle who wrote about two-thirds of the New Testament of the Holy Bible. There are two books in the New Testament named after Timothy, and this is 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy. Now, who has the more powerful first name---Pacquiao or Bradley? Let’s find that out after the match.

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by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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