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2016 president: PCOS choice, what else?

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him…” (Isaiah 1:4, the Holy Bible).

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BELLO ENDANGERS HONG KONG OFWs: “How insensitive” may be the title of a beautiful song sung by many foreign artists, including Astrud Gilberto, Doris Day, and Frank Sinatra, but it could very well describe both Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello who delivered a speech on October 04, 2014, encouraging Hong Kong protesters to continue, and Malacanang who defended Bello on the issue.

The fact is, no matter how Bello and Malacanang may downgrade the danger that Bello’s speech foisted upon the hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working and residing in Hong Kong, it cannot be denied that these OFWs, who were forced to go to Hong Kong to find jobs which the Philippine government can not give them in the first place, are now faced with the prospect of retaliation, both from Hong Kong and China authorities.

That was the reason why the Philippine Consul General in the city, Bernardita Catalla, reacted quite violently to Bello’s speech. She knew, out of common sense which Bello and his patrons in Malacanang did not seem to have, that Bello’s speech will be viewed as interference by the Philippine government in a purely internal dispute in China, and will surely give rise to unwanted reactions on OFWs in Hong Kong. OFWs in the city should brace for these reactions!

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TEACHERS CAN RESORT TO “PEOPLE POWER” OVER SALARIES: Teachers have a right to ask the Aquino government, which is doggedly refusing to give them the salary increases they have been demanding ever since President Aquino came to power in 2010: why is it that if teachers are the ones asking for money, the government of Aquino is saying it does not have that money, but when congressmen and senators are the ones asking for money, billions are readily given to them?

The answer is clear: teachers do not possess any political clout or importance, and so they are the least of the priorities of the Aquino government. Too, teachers are known to be docile and submissive, and so some officials have always been of the thought that teachers can be ignored and intimidated, and many of them would simply back off, with their “tails” between their legs.

So what could our poor teachers do? Well, since there is no one in government that seems willing to help them, they can engage in “people power” activities to help themselves, under Sections 15 and 16, Art. 13, of the 1987 Cory Aquino Constitution. Under those sections of the Charter, teachers can act and meddle in government decision-making.

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2016 PRESIDENT: PCOS CHOICE, WHAT ELSE? In the face of all the political maneuverings now furiously taking place in preparation for the 2016 presidential elections, it maybe a sobering thought for all interested parties to be reminded that the next president of the country may not be, once again, the choice of the Filipino people, but of machines called “Precinct Count Optical Scan” (PCOS) machines.

I say “once again” because of lingering accusations, unanswered up to now by the Commission on Elections, that the 2010 presidential elections (which saw a supposedly landslide victory for President Aquino) and the 2013 senatorial elections (which saw an incredible 60-30-10 percent winning ratio in favor of Aquino’s senatorial candidates in almost all areas in the country), were both rigged with the use of PCOS machines.

The truth that the Commission and Malacanang cannot deny is that, there is now judicial proof that the results coming from PCOS machines do not represent the actual vote of the electorates, and appear to have been manipulated by the Comelec itself. Yet, the same PCOS machines are once again being pushed by Comelec for 2016. Maybe, prospective candidates can do something about this now, and forestall a defeat by cheating machines.

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, aired at 1062 kHz in Manila, 1080 kHz in Dagupan City, 711 kHz in Naga City, 1260 kHz in Lucena City, 1224 kHz in Davao City, and at www.eaglenews.phMondays to Fridays, 6 a.m.;  “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, at 103.7 mHz in Don Carlos, Bukidnon, Mondays to Fridays, at 7 a.m.; “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 801 kHz on the AM band (Panay Island), Mondays to Fridays, at 10 a.m.; and “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at 107.5 Win FM, Roxas, Isabela  (Saturday, 5:30 a.m., and Sunday,  7 a.m.). -30-




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