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If Puno probe is illegal, why proceed with it?

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4, the Holy Bible).

DAVAO KIDS’ POSSESSION DUE TO GODLESSNESS: Incidents of young people being possessed by evil spirits---such as that which happened to about 20 young girls in a Davao school several days ago---are alarmingly increasing and becoming more regular. Why? One greatly possible reason is that, many of our youth nowadays---and many of our people in fact---no longer have God in their hearts, so they become easy prey for evil spirits.

The question therefore is, how can we have God in our hearts? Simple. Read the Bible everyday, meditate on it day and night, and carefully obey all of God’s commands written therein. This is what Joshua 1:8 is saying in fact. If we have God’s Word with us all throughout our days, God will be with us, and if God is with us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).

Why am I saying that reading, meditating on, and obeying, the Bible allows God to be with us? Because, as John 1:1 is saying, “… the Word is God”. If the Word is God, and we put the Word in our minds and hearts, and in our words and actions every second of our lives, then God is surely with us, too. Of course, this applies only to those who believe in God, and in Jesus Christ, His Son, our God and Savior.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 29 ON WEST SEA ILL-ADVISED: Whoever prompted President Aquino to sign Administrative Order No. 29 to rename the South China Sea as West Philippine Sea should be fired. First, naming the South China Sea as West Philippine Sea is highly provocative to China, with which our country is at great odds nowadays precisely because of its claim over the same territory. This could only trigger a shooting war, which we will surely lose.

Then, signing an order stating our claim over that part of the sea at this point is even an admission that, all along, before Aquino came up with Administrative Order No. 29, South China Sea was indeed named South China Sea---that is, that area was and is really called South China Sea. This speaks volumes about the legality of China’s claims---and the futility of our own claims---over it.

Third, this could make us the laughing stock of the whole world, considering that simply giving a tag to a place does not even mean anything, especially because there are so many other claimants to that place. Lastly, our neighboring countries could even be angered or at least dismayed by the administrative order because that would mean unilaterally repudiating their own claims.

WHY PROCEED WITH PUNO PROBE IF IT IS ILLEGAL? If the Senate investigation against former Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno scheduled for September 14, 2012 is not authorized by its rules and is not accompanied by the usual resolution or privilege speech, what is the point in conducting it?

That investigation will only paint a very grim picture of our senators once again---as officials who not only plagiarize and act merely on their personal interests, but who flagrantly violate their own laws. As I see it, this Puno investigation invites more anarchy in our country, because it will encourage ordinary Filipinos to similarly disregard our laws.

MANILA ORDINANCE WILL DEPRIVE RESIDENTS OF BASIC SERVICES: I agree with Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim that any ordinance removing the oil depot from Pandacan should come up with alternatives that would remedy the loss of tax revenue that such a removal will entail. Any loss of tax revenue, if not remedied, will impact negatively on the welfare of city residents who could be deprived of basic services if the finances of the city will be lessened or depleted.

REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193 or 0922 822 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.

BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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