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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you…” (Deuteronomy 28:15, the Holy Bible).

MY NOMINEE AS THE NEXT CJ: In a group which I belong, there seems to be a division as to who to push for as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, considering that it is blessed with at least two very qualified and competent candidates. This group is very thankful for this extra-ordinary blessing, of course, for there is no other group in the country which is similarly situated.

As far as I am concerned, I am rooting for the one that has displayed a remarkable sense of our group’s relational ties. The fact is that this nominee, though not personally known to me and though we have had no opportunity to really become close with one another, refused to pass judgment on me in a case that gave me problems in my law practice, saying that because of our mutual membership in the same group, he was not disposed to act, one way or the other.

I found that really touching, for it showed the nominee’s deep sense of commitment to a principle which had been drilled deep into our collective consciousness, right from day one of our group’s admission rites: “stand by the side of a brother… right or wrong…”

Indeed, because of his strict adherence to the primordial law of our organization, I believe this nominee can be a good Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, for he who can follow even the smallest rule will have no problem obeying the big ones, and at this point of our country’s march into history, we need men who can obey rules, big or small!

REACTIONS ON VELASCO COLUMNS: Our two items here on Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., showing he can be a good Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, drew countless reactions, all of them thanking us for highlighting his being a God-fearing individual and a firm advocate of compassion for the poor and the marginalized, as the Manila Bulletin wrote several years back. Thank you, too, for these reactions and please keep them coming!

LIVING AGAINST LUST: Here is a timely reminder from Pastor Bayo Afolaranmi, a fellow member at the Internet group “ang_bagong_pinoy”: “… Either man or woman, we have to decide like Job to live against lust and anything that has to do with it.

“This is because: lust is a sin (Matthew 5:27-30); it is dangerous (Proverbs 6:25-29); it is contrary to the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-18); it hinders prayer (James 4:2-5); and it will pass away (1 John 2:15-17). We can only live in dominion over lust and anything that can cause it, through the power of the Holy Spirit by: self- determination (Job 31:1); self-crucifixion (Galatians 5:24; Romans 6:12-13); and the grace of God (Titus 2:12).
“Do not let what or who you behold lure you away from your God. Warn your eyes and your behavior!”

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by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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