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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens…” (Exodus 18:21, the Holy Bible).

SENATORS CANNOT BE SUSPENDED AT THIS POINT: This talk about the immediate suspension of senators being implicated in the P10 billion pork barrel scam and who has been charged with plunder and graft and corruption before the Ombudsman is useless. Why? Because there is no law authorizing such immediate suspension of the lawmakers, even if they have already been charged before the Ombudsman.

There is nothing in the current Rules of the Senate, in all its 52 rules, that provide for such immediate suspension. Specifically, Rule X of the Rules of the Senate, especially in its Section 13 (2), also does not have anything on suspension of senators accused of a crime before the Ombudsman.

Then, insofar as the Ombudsman Act of 1989 is concerned, which is actually Republic Act 6770, its provision granting the Ombudsman the power to preventively suspend officials it is investigating specifically limits that power to suspend only to those who are considered by law as under its authority. Members of Congress, under its Section 21, are however not subject to the disciplining authority of the Ombudsman. The only time that senators maybe suspended from the Senate is when the charges are already filed against them before the Sandiganbayan.

LIST OF HOSTAGES WHO HAVE BEEN RELEASED: Mon Quin, this column’s correspondent from Zamboanga City, shared with us the list of the hostages who have either escaped or been released from captivity: Mary Jean Gerolaga, Mercedita Hasinun, Norisha Hasinun, Aira Hasinun, Binsal Hasainun, Father Michael F. Ufana, Ereneo Gerolaga, Ronald Nagar, Rodelio Tolorio, Warren Hipulan Simyumn, Oswaldo Mariano, Josephine Paica Simyomin.

Monico Dales, Reymundo Cepada (expired), Frederick Fernandez, Noah Kent Mojica, Michelle Candido, Jewromi Eithan Ando, Aireen Tabios Espinoza, Aira Mase Lumiton, Narciso Lumiton, Jr., Meldy Tabios, Lyka Tabios, Nica Tabios, Benjamin Leonardo, Celedonia Leonardo, Ednemark P. Confessor, Klevan Kiasr Presno, Clemente Almontew, Arnel Ybiosa Renacia, David Dela Torre Nifras.

Russ Genaro Angeles, Isidro Ufana, Madelyn Ufana, Akia Rain U. Annion, Pilkar C. Ramos, Limuel S. Asgacita, John Paul G. Planteras, Judith Pasilan Arnado, Miguel Delos Reyes, Jake Loui Diaz Barcero, Herbert M. Dagohoy, Elsi Isidro Romo, Dante Dales, Rostica Marino Dales, Ricky Roia Cabangon, Jr., Moma Toribio Javier, Harold Jay A. Atilano, Jeffrey Ilbore Baricua, Boyet T. Torres, Juana Cepada, Reynel Olis, Glorifaith D. Deleon, Daniel Ramos Samson, Junior Monte, Analyn Dela Pena, Luz Midoranda Muillare, Euseo Tuden Panes, Sherwin Manalo Sipae , Eidertf G. Ramierez.

Mark Vincent Luspo, Darrel Fajardo Empuesto, Cristina Decipalo Mendoza, Densteve Fajardo Empuesto, Vincent Roda,  James Ryan Vencer, Ryan Jay Espinueva, Nonito Manlangit Estrada, Noel Rebollos Pagotaisidro, Romeo Decipulo,  Joel Rubio Mueblas, Cristy Baricua Patta, Judy May Arjona, Kathy G. Olavides, Rosauro Peralta, Maricel Ramires Tevez, Sonny boy Dela Cruz, Alicia Villanueva Flores, Roderick Teodoro.

Eleanor Baricua, John Rofero Paculanan, Dasnna May Ramos Sanson, Marilou Merjuar, John Rofdero Paculanan, Danna May Ramos Sanson, Marilou Merjuar, Roel Gregana, Rachel Malcampo Geronimo, Peter Jupiter Galvez, Rachel Francisco Piedad, Vergel Magbanua Pelias, Loprdan Ramos Sanson, Evelyn Hipolito Peralta, Fe Agustin Decipulo, Carlos Pinto Tupaz, Maryjane Malcampo Macaso, Desidera Malcampo Geromino.

Miguel Guevara,Victor Merjuar, Grace Alegado, Presciano Abing, Mark Donald Simpang, Faustino Flores Mayormita, Jocelyn Alfonso Sulaya, Edwin Toledo Ramos, Edmar Ramos, Teodoras Samson Romero, Kharen Romero, Eldemier Lopez Saqpar, Janie Urian, Edgar Calunod Baltazar, Frederick Falcantos, Cristopher Romano, Rolando Tuden, Ramaram Tolkomia Mahusay, Virginia Belarmino, Guadalupe Lorenzo Macaso, Edgardo Macaso, Leonora Romero, Eumee Bernadette Gerolaga,

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