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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The Lord says: `These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me’…” (Isaiah 29:13, the Holy Bible).

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FR. OBACH DID NOTHING WRONG:I am one of those who are now wishing that Fr. Romeo Obach of the Holy Redeemer Provincial Center in Cebu City should not have apologized for his supposedly “rude attitude” before baptizing the child of an unwed mother on July 08, 2014. 

While Internet users and other Filipinos may say that what he did—scolding the mother for allowing her to be impregnated even before marriage—was “uncalled for”, I believe that what Obach did was right, and was meant to wake us all up towards righteousness as true believers of the Christian faith.

With due respect, I believe the time has come to jolt every believer into the realities of having a true and sincere faith in God, a faith that not only is glorified by words, but a faith that is fully observed in what a believer thinks, says, and does. Too long, Filipinos have been blinded about what kind of faith that is really pleasing to God, making them believers only in words, but never in thought and in action.

But both Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, and the prophet Isaiah, strongly condemned this “faith only in lips”, by saying “these people  honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me…” (Isaiah 29:13, Matthew 15:8-9, and Mark 7:6-7), warning them of His impending grave punishment against them.

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SUE ALL CONGRESSMEN & SENATORS OVER DAP: I suggest that anyone wanting to hold all of those who had a hand in conceptualizing, proposing, and implementing the “disbursement acceleration program” or DAP of President Aquino should also include, in any criminal case about the DAP, all the congressmen and senators who approved the General Appropriations Acts (GAAs) of 2011 and 2012.

This is because, in the Decision declaring as unconstitutional President Aquino’s use of DAP to transfer funds from the Office of the President to senators and congressmen who voted to oust Renato Corona, it clearly appears that all of these congressmen and senators acted in concert to allow Aquino to effect this transfer of funds through the insertion of two important sections in the GAAs of 2011 and 2012.

These two sections, which were never included in any GAA prior to Aquino’s presidency starting 2010, were evidently inserted in the GAAs of 2011 and 2012 precisely to enable Aquino to circumvent the 1987 Constitution which disallows  transfer of funds (called “cross-border transfers”) from the Office of the President to the legislature (House and Senate). These transfers of funds were already declared illegal by the Supreme Court last week. 

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CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION: The insertion of these two new sections in the GAAs of 2011 and 2012 clearly showed the existence of a conspiracy between Aquino, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, and the leadership and membership of the House and the Senate during those years, because such insertion showed that all of them were fully aware of the illegality of such fund transfers.

That they inserted those two provisions in the GAAs of 2011 and 2012 showed that they agreed to circumvent the Constitutional prohibition against cross-border transfer of funds, to give Aquino a legal cover for his intended cross-border transfer of funds. There was here a unity of purpose and design, over which all of them should be held accountable for.

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REMINDERS:Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m., simulcast, real time, over 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, and 1224 kHz in Davao City, and  at www.eaglenews.ph;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa Radyo Trabungko FM”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas sa DYKA” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m. -30-

By Atty. Batas Mauricio




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