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JBC defies SC, crisis looms

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen…” (Ephesians 3:20-21, the Holy Bible).

WHO IN GOV’T DOES NAGUIAT WANT WRITTEN ABOUT? Chairman Cristino Naguiat of PAGCOR (or the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation), in apparent exasperation, is asking his critics: “why are you so angry with me… it is as if I am the only one in government…”

Well, what did Naguiat mean by this? That there are other officials of the Aquino government who should also be criticized for anomalies in their respective offices but who are escaping media attention? Who are these officials, Bong? Can you identify them and describe their anomalies so media can also write about them?


JBC DEFIES SC, CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS LOOMS: Now, it is the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) disobeying the Supreme Court. While the Court already ruled, last July 03, 2012, that its most senior associate justice should assume the office of a chief justice while a new chief is being sought, the JBC is refusing to allow that most senior associate justice, Diosdado Peralta, to sit as JBC chair while it is screening candidates.

From news accounts, the JBC instead installed a retired justice of the Supreme Court, Regino Hermosisima, as JBC chair, obviously in defiance of the July 03, 2012 directive of the tribunal. Now, there is a serious Constitutional crisis looming here: can the JBC defy and disobey the Supreme Court? At the rate things are going, Filipinos cannot be faulted if they ask: who will next defy the Supreme Court?

Whether the JBC admits it or not, what it has done is emasculating and rendering inutile the Supreme Court’s authority under the 1987 Constitution. The fact is that, under Section 8 (1), Art. VIII of the Constitution, the JBC is under the supervision of the Supreme Court, clearly indicating that the JBC is way below the Supreme Court. How come the JBC is now defying the tribunal, an agency that is ranked higher? Will the Supreme Court just let this pass?


BUTUAN CITY FOLK HIT BY LOGS FLOATING IN FLOODS: In Butuan City, residents of Purok 3 and Purok 5 of Bgy. Lemon, and of Bgy. Salvacion and Camayahan, did not only have to contend with rampaging floodwaters brought by heavy rains Sunday night, July 8, 2012.

Equally devastating were the big logs that came rushing in with the floodwaters, banging and totally destroying their houses and leaving them homeless. But, I thought there is now a total log ban and a determined campaign by the Aquino government against illegal logging? Where did these logs come from?

PROBLEMS WITH THE NEW MINING ORDER: Will please someone educate me? Indeed, the new mining executive order which Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. signed for President Aquino imposed a moratorium on new mining contracts---which means, no new mining companies will be allowed to operate, right? That is very good, isn’t it?

But then, that executive order nevertheless allows existing mining licenses to continue in business. Now, my question is: are not the problems the country is having in the mining industry now caused by existing mining concessionaires? What does the new mining executive order have, to remedy the current problems our people are now facing, such as soil erosion, environmental degradation and pollution and dislocation of many?



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