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KAKAMPI KO ANG BATAS By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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RP still corrupt; “daang matuwid” fails?

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…  However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you... day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you…” (Deuteronomy 28:15, 29, the Holy Bible).

RP STILL CORRUPT; DAANG MATUWID FAILS? The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index for 2010 to 2012, which listed the Philippines as among the world’s most corrupt countries despite the “straight path” anti-corruption slogan of President Benigno Aquino III, is a shocker.

Why has the Philippines remained corrupt, despite Aquino’s slogan? Is Aquino a failure in fighting corruption, even after three years in office?

This is troubling. And mindboggling. If a very popular president, perceived to be clean and straightforward, failed to stop corruption even if early on in his administration fighting corruption was projected as his centerpiece program, is there anyone else who can do something against this scourge? The clear answer is no, there is going to be no one else.

So, will corruption be here to stay, no matter who gets to be elected president? The answer is yes, corruption will be with us, no matter who becomes our president. Unless we realize that corruption is a curse from God, which He gives to a people who no longer listen to Him and who no longer obey His commands written in His Bible, so that, if we really want to end this malady, the only way is for us to fight it with God’s directions. 

CONNECTION BETWEEN GOD AND CORRUPTION: Many will ask, what is the connection between corruption and God? Plenty. First, the Bible, in its Deuteronomy 28:15 and 29, warned: if the people will no longer listen to Him (meaning, the people will no longer read His Bible, will no longer attend masses, praise and worship services, and Bible studies and prayer meetings), and if they will no longer obey Him, He will send His curses.

Among these curses is the one about corruption, which is worded as follows: day after day, you will be oppressed and plundered, with no one to rescue you. Oppressed? Plundered? No one to rescue you? Is oppression happening among us? Is plunder happening here? Is there anyone—from the administration and the opposition—who is doing something to stop oppression and plunder?

These warnings are just too clear. And, if we think seriously about it, they are not just plain warnings anymore. In our time, they have become true. They are happening right before our very eyes, under our very noses. Which proves, beyond reasonable doubt, that what the Bible said about corruption is very true, and will come to pass, as they are coming to pass, even much to our bewilderment.

FIGHTING CORRUPTION WITH GOD’S DIRECTIONS: How then can we fight corruption under God’s directions? Simple. Let us explain to our people that corruption is taking away government funds to the tune of about 40% percent annually—which means, with a 2013 budget of P1.3 trillion for example, corrupt officials steal as much as P520 billion for one year alone. P520 billion is a lot of money which can already raise the standard of living of many poor Filipinos.

Then, we explain to our people that corruption is a scourge that the Bible has foisted upon a people who no longer listen to God and who no longer obey Him. Therefore, if we want corruption to stop, if we want the P520 billion or so that is stolen from government coffers to be used instead for the benefit of our people, we should listen to God—that is, read His Bible—and obey Him.

If we read God’s Bible, and obey Him, we would be guided as to how to conduct ourselves daily, according to spirituality and righteousness. Officials seeing their constituents acting with spirituality and righteousness could only react by becoming spiritual and righteous likewise. Otherwise, these officials who persist in lack of spirituality and lack of righteousness will be punished beyond redemption.

REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com.




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