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Miriam’s tantrums, Malacanang favors

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom…” (James 3:13, the Holy Bible).

CONDOLENCES TO CAPULONG FAMILY: Condolences to the family of lawyer Romeo T. Capulong, a world-renowned human rights lawyer and a justice of the International Criminal Court of the United Nations who died last Sunday, September 16, 2012, after a lingering illness. His death was not only a loss for his family, but for his fraternity as well (the Sigma Rho Fraternity of the UP College of Law), and for the human rights movement worldwide.

ABOLISHING PARTY LIST SYSTEM IS NO SOLUTION: Abolish the party list system just because millionaires have been elected party list representatives? That is like burning down the whole house just to kill a rat. That is like closing a newspaper simply because one of its writers espouses skewered views.

What we should do instead is to make sure that only those who truly work for the poor and the marginalized get elected as party list congressmen, even if they are millionaires. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) can do that, right? Besides, the party list system of representation is provided for by the 1987 Constitution, and abolishing it would require a Constitutional revision or amendment.

RAINS AND FLOODS AGAIN? WHAT ELSE IS NEW? So, once again, the weather bureau (PAGASA, or the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Sciences Administration) is warning Filipinos of intermittent rains and floods due to the so-called southwest monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Karen, even if it has exited from the Philippine Area of Responsibilities. But, this is not new anymore.

I have been writing here that rains, floods and winds are coming, bringing death and destruction, and there is nothing we can do about it, either by way of preventing them, or mitigating or reducing their deadly destructiveness. The reason? Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, said in Matthew 7:24-27 of the Bible that these calamities will come and will wreck havoc in our lives and properties.

What then can we do to spare ourselves from these rains, floods and winds? Jesus clearly prescribed what we can---or, rather, must---do, in the foregoing Biblical verses: we must listen to Him (that is, read His Bible) and carefully obey Him. This “listening to God and obeying His commands” is in fact a recurring theme in the Bible if we want to avoid calamities, and if we want to enjoy success and prosperity.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ELECTION PROPAGANDA: With due respect, what the Comelec must do to fight premature campaigning by those raring to run in the 2013 elections is not to wage an “anti-epal” campaign, because, admittedly, it is no longer illegal in this country to promote one’s candidacy way ahead of the campaign season. Rather, it must sponsor a law that would ensure equal propaganda opportunities for all candidates come election time.

What do I mean by this? I mean, the Comelec should seek the passage of a law that would prevent candidates from spending for political propaganda in print and radio-TV broadcasts, and for it to be given the sole authority to publicize the names of candidates for specific positions nationwide. This way, candidates will have an equal opportunity of being introduced as candidates to the public at large.

MIRIAM’S TANTRUMS, MALACANANG FAVORS: I suppose that Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago should make good her threat to block the confirmation of the appointments of Cabinet secretaries who snubbed her invitation for them to appear in a Senate investigation on former Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno. Otherwise, if she will not block those appointments as she threatened, people will think that she was just throwing tantrums to gain favors from Malacanang.

REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193 or 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.

BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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