Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… As for my people, their ruler is acting like a child, and those who have authority over them are women…” (Isaiah 3:12, the Holy Bible).
LOVERS AS EXTRA-SWEET MEN AND WOMEN: As Dr. Arthur V. Platon, the former chief of the Out-Patient Department of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, and I were breakfasting at a popular fastfood restaurant in Sto. Tomas, Batangas early Friday morning en route to a hearing in Tanauan City, I couldn’t help but notice the extra-sweetness being showered by a man in his mid-20s to a woman who is more or less of the same age as they ate their food in a table just across ours.
Indeed, the two painted a picture of thoroughly enamored and sincerely loving couple, who seemed unable to eat without feeding the other first, using one spoon and one fork, and without looking at each other’s eyes first, and without a kiss being quickly planted on the cheek or on the lips of the other, with each of them ecstatically oblivious to their surroundings.
CAN HUSBANDS AND WIVES STILL BE SWEET TO EACH OTHER? Then, a thought came to me: are these two husband and wife, or a couple legally-wedded to one another? The answer of those I asked were varied. Some said they could not be husband and wife, for no husband and wife, after marriage, retain their sweetness towards one another because they ultimately become estranged on account of the innumerable stresses of a married life.
Others told me the two could just be lovers, and so are still capable of openly demonstrative of their feelings. Surprisingly, no one thought they were husband and wife. I am told that when a man and woman have lived together as husband and wife for quite some time, not only will they lose “that lovin’ feeling” (as the song goes), but they will also seem to no longer care for each other and even for their family. This is of course the greatest tragedy of millions of Filipino couples.
US-BASED PINOY CONFIRMS: PORK SCAM REACHES UP TO MALACANANG: Here is a reaction to our column which featured the Facebook post of lawyer Demaree Raval, in which he said that the President is equally at fault for the on-going P10 billion pork barrel scam. The reactor is one Junsting Pizana, from the US. Read on: “It (Raval’s claim) is true, because it is the system of our establishment, the culture of corruption. During the presidency of President Arroyo, I had the opportunity to be an agent’ of ghost or real government projects.
“Our group’s part was to collect provincial or municipal projects under the PDAF program. As we were told, up to 40-50% of the total cost of any project is to be given as an SOP (a euphemism for bribe), to be divided by the people involved in it, from the President down to all us (collectors/agents of projects).
“The presidential group would receive from 15-30% of the sharing, depending on the `greediness’ of the presidential group they can demand up to 30% from 15%. Our share (as agents) was to be from 3-6%. The three percent difference of share would vary as to depending to the demand of the presidential group. That is, if the presidential group will demand more than 15% then the 3% of our 6% will be given to them.
PORK TRUTH: EVERYBODY IS GIVEN A SHARE: “I noticed that only the Presidential group’s share is variable, while the senators and congressmen are fixed. The congressman, senator, governor, or even the municipal mayor where the project is to be implemented, would also have a share, and as Senator Ping Lacson stated in his 2006 privilege speech, even the DBM people, in approving and releasing the budget would have a cut of 2%.
“As I am today reminiscing that involvement of mine, and thinking of Janet Napoles, I thanked the Lord that I never received a single centavo of those pork barrel projects I submitted which were worth millions of pesos, which is by the way, considered legal, in the eyes of the law and our lawmakers…”
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By Atty. Batas Mauricio
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