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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One…” (1 John 2:1, the Holy Bible).

SC TRO SHOULD COVER INTERNET VIEWING, TOO: So, okay, the Supreme Court TRO’d the anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims”, on account of the possible violence that its public showing could generate. But what about the Internet versions of the movie that continue to be shown relentlessly in places where there are Internet connections? Can not the Supreme Court stop them, too, especially because they could also incite violence from our Muslim brothers?

COMELEC MUST PROBE EXTORTION RAPS: The accusation by ALAM, or the  Alab ng Mamamahayag---a group seeking accreditation as a party list group to enable it to participate in the 2013 elections---that its petition was denied because it refused to pay the P3 million being asked by unnamed officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is a very serious charge, especially when viewed alongside earlier claims of the same nature.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. now owes it to the Commission and to the Filipino nation to investigate ALAM’s charges, particularly because the group chose to make those charges very public, first through press releases, and second through a motion for reconsideration which its lawyers filed for to question the denial of their accreditation.

We have always heard of tales before that some P3 million to P5 million is required to be paid by those wanting to be registered as party list groups, and that some P15 million to P20 million is necessary to entitle a registered party list group to at least one nominee being elected, but nobody dared to come out in the open about them, until ALAM made its charges the other day. Abangan!!!

MAKATI DEMOLITION VIOLATED CIVIL CODE: Something is really bothering me about the demolition that the Makati City government carried out in Guatelama St., in Bgy. San Isidro, last Monday, September 24, 2012. From all news accounts, there was no court order authorizing the demolition that, reports said, injured scores of people, including police officers and mediamen.

What appeared was that, the demolition was ordered by the government of Mayor Junjun Binay because it wanted to push through with a P100 million barangay community complex in the area. This is awesome, because the law, as espoused under Articles 536 and 539 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, remains the same: no one can take over any property unless there is a court order authorizing such take-over.

Article 539 says: “Every possessor has a right to be respected in his possession; and should he be disturbed therein he shall be protected in or restored to said possession by the means established by the laws and the Rules of Court.”

Article 536 says, on the other hand: “In no case may possession be acquired through force or intimidation as long as there is a possessor who objects thereto. He who believes that he has an action or a right to deprive another of the holding of a thing, must invoke the aid of the competent court, if the holder should refuse to deliver the thing.”

HACKERS GOT AFRAID OF THE CYBERCRIME LAW: The Facebook fan page of the “Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo”, a group which espouses daily Bible reading, meditation and obedience among its members, suddenly is capable of being viewed again after it literally vanished into thin air days earlier, apparently a victim of hacking by unscrupulous computer experts from rival groups.

Group members suspect that whoever hacked the fan page returned it in haste in Facebook, after the Cybercrime Law was signed into law by President Aquino, apparently because they got afraid of the law’s stiff penalties for hackers. Well, talk about benefits from a law that is viewed by many as draconian and anti-free expression.

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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