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Koko must put up own party


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling…” (Psalm 2:10-11, the Holy Bible).

KOKO MUST LEAVE UNA NOW, AND PUT UP HIS OWN PARTY: I believe the die is now cast, as it were, for Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, with the Independence Day interview of Vice President Jejomar Binay, where Binay literally sealed and gave the go-signal for Pimentel’s departure from PDP Laban by nonchalantly saying the party will not stop the senator from leaving.

Koko, even if he is president of PDP, has been really left with no other option but to leave it now, yet it would be foolish for him to be joining other parties offering him to include him in their senatorial line-ups, for it is clear that those parties are interested in him not because of his crusade against election cheating but because they merely want to use him as a weapon against Binay.

If I were Koko, I will instead put up a party of my own, and perhaps name it “Partidong Kontra sa Dayaan” (Anti-Cheating Party), or “Partidong Totoo para sa Pag-unlad ng Pilipino” (True Party for the Advancement of the Filipino), or give it some other catchier appellation. The objective, however, should be to put up a party that espouses his fight against cheating and corruption, something that many people will readily support in 2013, and, who knows, even in 2016.

ONCE AGAIN, A REMINDER FOR RAINS, FLOODS, WINDS: As rains, floods and winds start their annual visit to the Philippines once again, I will want to reiterate the reminder from Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, that he who truly listens to His Word and sincerely obeys His commands will not perish from these rains, floods and winds, no matter how strong or devastating they may turn out to be.

Only those who listen to His Word but do not obey Him---and those who do not listen at all and so are given no opportunity to obey Him in any way---will perish and experience the “great crash and destruction” when the rains, floods and the winds come. These snippets of environmental wisdom are not mine, but could be read from Matthew 7:24-27 of the Holy Bible.

I suppose many of us will want to avoid suffering the “great crash and destruction” which Jesus Himself warned about. We must therefore lose no time at all in reading the above-written part of the Bible, and see for ourselves the truth that the only way to escape the death and destruction coming from natural calamities would be complete submission to what God is saying in the Bible.

BIBLICAL GUIDELINES KOKO CAN USE FOR HIS OWN PARTY: I guess that if Koko Pimentel is really convinced about the justness of his cause, putting up a party of his own which does not kowtow to compromises and would ride on high moral ground would not be difficult for him to do, if he uses the Bible as a basis for his actions.

In Psalm 1:1-5, the guideline is unmistakable: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither---whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,  nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous…”

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by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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