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Guidelines in Customs appointments


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life…” (1 John 5:20, the Holy Bible).

RP CRIMINALITY & CRIME CZARS: The Cagayan De Oro City bombing on Friday night, July 26, 2013, that left six people dead and scores wounded, confirms once more that the rampaging criminality in the Philippines is now beyond the power of the Aquino government to control. The question is: what are the country’s crime czars doing about it?

I said crime czars, plural, because, on the record, there are two officials of government who have been specifically tasked by President Aquino to go after crime and criminality. The first is Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., as the head of the re-organized Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission. The second is Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, as the real chieftain of the Philippine National Police (PNP), which is under his department.

Of course, there is no antidote against a determined criminal, but then, how come some local officials have managed to shoo away malefactors from their respective territories effectively? Maybe we can learn a lesson or two from them, Mr. Ochoa and Mr. Roxas? Or, maybe, it is time to rethink strategies and adopt more creative and more effective approaches to crime? Or, better yet, maybe we can tap others instead to do the job of crime-busting?

GUIDELINES IN CUSTOMS APPOINTMENTS: If Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon thinks that putting in new men in the bureau and replacing those in position right now will stop corruption, he is dead wrong, or simply inattentive to the lessons of history. Or, he could be plain and simple dense. The experience in this country is that, once anyone is installed in power, something happens and transforms him or her, morphing him or her into a terribly corrupt official.

The cliché says it all: power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. What happened in 1986 and in 2001 prove beyond doubt the accuracy of this point of view. So, Biazon must do something more than kicking out some assess and licking new ones. He must claw and fight to install men and women who have the Spirit of God in them. Otherwise, he will be merely putting in new corrupt officials, so nothing will change really.

How can Biazon know whether a possible appointee at the Bureau of Customs has the Spirit of God in Him? Well, he can read the Bible, particularly Genesis 41:38, Exodus 18:21 and Mark 10:43, and find out the spiritual guidelines for choosing and installing officials who will handle the affairs of government.

BIAZON MUST FIND OFFICIALS WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD: We explained these guidelines in our column here on March 5, 2013, in this manner: The first guideline is taken from Genesis 41:38 of the Bible, where the Pharaoh of Egypt was looking for a man who would save his country from destruction as a result of a seven-year famine that Joseph, son of Jacob, warned about. The Pharaoh said: “Is there such a man in whom the Spirit of God dwells?”

The second guideline is taken from Exodus 18:21, where Jethro was telling his son-in-law Moses about who he should install as leaders of the people. Jethro told Moses he must chose the people who are capable, “men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain.”

The third guideline comes from Mark 10:43-44, where Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, was telling John and James, the sons of Zebedee, what a leader should do, according to the will of the Father. Jesus said: “… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all…”

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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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