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Understanding the 2016 polls


(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“… `Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 12:33, the Holy Bible). 


UNDERSTANDING THE 2016 POLLS:Here is our column on February 13, 2013, which is a way of understanding the 2016 elections: “If Vice President Jejomar Binay himself is now questioning the efficacy of President Aquino’s `right path program toward improving the lives of many poor Filipinos, to the extent of saying, in a national TV broadcast, that the proponents of the `right path are themselves the pretenders at good governance, isn’t it time for Binay to quit and become a full-time oppositionist?

“I mean, I grant Binay and his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) the right to answer Aquino’s campaign attacks, obviously directed against him and UNA, that there are those who are pretending to support his government but who are, in reality, against his anti-corruption programs. But then, can Binay in all conscience remain in the Aquino Cabinet now that it is clear that the real fight in the May 2013 elections is between him and the President?

“At the rate the `word war’ is heating up between the two highest officers of the land as the electoral campaign goes into high gear, highlighting the clash between their political machineries, the only respectable thing for Binay to do now is resign all his Cabinet positions for, certainly, he cannot serve both the Aquino administration and the political opposition of which he is now the actual and real leader.


SERVING TWO MASTERS IS NOT GOOD: “The Bible is very clear on the inappropriateness of serving two masters. It contains two verses on the matter, both quoting Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, and although they refer to serving God and money, they could very well refer likewise to serving two different yet competing organizations at the same time.

“In Matthew 6:24, it is written: `No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’ In Luke 16:13, an identical admonition appears: `No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.’

“Indeed, even among native Filipinos, having two masters at the same time—generally and loosely depicted as straddling or traveling through two rivers simultaneously—is frowned upon, and is basically perceived as a sign of disloyalty and treachery. In legal circles, this is also derisively called `lagareng Hapon’ or a `Japanese cutting saw, to refer to the anomaly of a saw being able to cut when it is pushed down and when it is pulled up, at the time that it is being used.


BIBLE ABHORS TWO-TIMERS: “Our Lord Jesus Christ even saw it fit to come up with a story about this to underscore the point that it is not good for anyone, including the devil, to have two masters. His story is reflected in the Books of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but for today, we shall feature the story as written in Matthew 12:22-28.

“The story: `… Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, `Could this be the Son of David?’ But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, `It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.’ 

“ `Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, `Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.  If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you…”


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