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Politicking as a means to great profit

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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword…” (Isaiah 1:19-20, the Holy Bible).

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POLITICKING AS A MEANS TO GREAT PROFIT: The suggestion for Filipino politicians to stop politicking (that is, campaigning for or against candidates for the 2016 presidential elections) and start really helping those of our countrymen who were not only devastated by Yolanda a year ago but also those who are reeling from poor and difficult lives brought about by criminality, corruption, and dynasty politics, is timely.

Yet, it is a certainty that this suggestion, no matter how well-meaning or urgent it may have become, is not going to be heeded by any of our present day-politicians, particularly those who have a stake, one way or the other, in 2016. Politicking, in its ugliest forms ever, will continue to dominate our lives, simply because politicians have found it tremendously profitable to be elected to high government positions.

I dare any politician to dispute me now: show to me and to the people what they have done to really improve the lives of our destitute countrymen, across all regions, across all provinces, cities, and municipalities. The undeniable and sorry fact is that politicians have done nothing to help their constituents. Only their interests, and their family’s, have been pursued by them.

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CORRUPT LEADERS COME FROM UNGODLY CITIZENS: Why is this happening to us? Many will try to give their own answers, but I would like to draw attention to what the Bible has said about leaders who are rebels and who have partnered with thieves, and who love bribes and chase after gifts, uninterested to defend the cause of the fatherless, or to protect the interest of widows.

The Bible warned us that these leaders will sprout in our midst, as they have in fact so sprouted in our midst now, because of the people’s own faults and deficiencies. As it were, the Bible is saying that leaders will become corrupt and plunderers and abusive, because their constituents no longer listen to God nor obey His commands.

In Isaiah 1, here is what God said through the prophet: “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… See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her—but now murderers!”

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THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT CORRUPT POLITICIANS: As a consequence of the people’s straying away from God, the curse of rebellious and thieving officials will descend on them. Isaiah 1 says: “Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them...”

What then must ordinary citizens do to reverse this situation, and fight the curse  of corrupt leaders? Farfetched and totally unrelated though it may appear to many, ordinary citizens must start returning to God. This can be done by people listening to God once again, and obeying His commands ever so carefully. This means reading His Bible and obeying everything that is written in it.

I therefore call on each every priest, pastor, or minister everywhere to help their flock or church members read the Bible. It is time to do away with useless ceremonies. Instead, masses and praise worship services must be devoted to reading and discussing the Word of God and finding ways to apply Biblical principles in our daily lives. This is the only way to fight, not just corrupt politicians and leaders, but even poverty and destituteness.

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, jointly aired at DZEC, 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.eaglebroadcasting.net, Mondays to Fridays, at 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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