Sunday, 11 January 2015 13:53
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter…” (James 5:5, the Holy Bible).
BOC MUST ACCOUNT FOR SMUGGLING CASES, TOO: It is not only the disappearing smuggled sugar that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) must be made to account for, as Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco is seeking at present. The BOC must also be made to account for millions of other missing goods which were seized because they were characterized as contraband or smuggled items but could no longer be found, like the smuggled sugar at the city of Climaco.
What is more, it must also be made to account for the criminal cases of smuggling it has already filed, either under its present leadership or its former officials. While the Bureau had been religiously trumpeting the cases it had filed against supposed smugglers, it is remiss in updating the public about the status of those cases, especially of those that were settled and compromised.
Undeniably, the bureau, despite its pretensions to “good governance”, is a real bungler of President Aquino’s good intentions, even if a John Philip Sevilla, or any other former military officer, are the ones standing at its helm. It is without hope of being reformed, because it provides access to easy and huge amounts of money, both for those in government, and for those bringing in goods who are not paying the right taxes.
DANGERS OF ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH: Maybe, the corrupt customs officials and the corrupt businessmen dealing with them are not aware of the dangers of amassing ill-gotten wealth. While they maybe able to get away with it at the moment, keeping secret from the public their misdeeds, there is no escaping the truth that they would have to stand in judgment for their corruption one day.
I don’t know but, these corrupt men and women, in and out of government, in and out of the private sector, seem to have forgotten one warning: “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” And, if they say they do not believe in God anyway, there is another warning for them: “Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Then, there is this scary admonition against those who amass riches illegally: “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded…You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter...”
ISSUES IN SAME SEX MARRIAGES IN RP: Can marriage be entered into in the Philippines between two men or between two women? The answer is of course quite clear, both from the Family Code of the Philippines and the Civil Code of the Philippines—no, such marriages can not be entered into. In our country, only a man and a woman can marry.
But, Lindy Dela Cruz of Manila wants to know: can the man and man or woman and woman who married abroad—where those marriages are allowed—come back to the Philippines and live as husband and husband or wife and wife? My answer is yes and no. Yes, they can live as husband and husband, or as wife and wife, but their relation as such cannot be legally recognized in any way.
For example, insofar as the properties or the wealth that they will be able to acquire during their “cohabitation” is concerned, they could never be considered as either conjugal or absolute community properties. There could never be any property relations between them, no matter how long they may live with one another.
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