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(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…” (Romans 13:1-2, the Holy Bible).

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IF GOV’T REFUSES TO OBEY COURT ORDERS, WHERE CAN WE GO FOR REDRESS? If officials of government can refuse to obey the orders of the courts, like the Court of Appeals, where can Filipinos go for redress—to the rebels, joining cause with them to oust the disobedient government?

This is the question that the case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Junjun Binay is presenting to all right-thinking citizens of this country, especially in the light of public statements by Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government that he and his department can no longer obey a temporary restraining order from the Court of Appeals stopping the suspension of Junjun.

Can Mar override a Court of Appeals’ decision? Is Mar above the judicial department of government? The answers are clear. Yet, Mar and his cohorts seem oblivious to the rule of law in this country which says that, when the courts have already spoken and issued their orders, everybody, from the President to the janitor, must obey!

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FEARS ABOUT A MAR ROXAS PRESIDENCY: This is very tragic, and raises a lot of fears if Mar succeeds to become the next president of this country. He is going to be the next president alright, notwithstanding his perennially-poor showing in surveys of presidentiables, if we are to take into account the insistence of the Aquino government to use the discredited precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in the 2016 elections.

Imagine, another president who refuses to obey court orders, just like what President Aquino has done during his term? If Aquino’s disregard of the courts brought the country and our people to the lowest depths of disrespect for authority, where would a Roxas presidency which also defies the courts lead us to?

To more problems, of course, which could only mean more poverty, more hardship, more failures, more troubles. We will not escape all of these punishments, as the Bible in its Romans 13:1-2 is saying. The admonition is for all of us to subject ourselves to authorities, for there is no authority which was not established by God, and anyone who fights authorities will be meted punishments.

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PNOY & BEAUTY CONTESTS: I am not normally interested in beauty pageants, except perhaps to ogle at the beautiful bodies of contestants aspiring to become beauty queens, but there is something in the 2015 Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant that is bothering me no end. How, really, are beauty queens chosen?

This is a question that must be explained by pageant organizers now because, in our program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” (which airs Mondays to Fridays, at 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. at DZEC 1062 kHz) last Tuesday, March 17, 2015, our listeners asked if the results of the contest had any relation at all to the reported dinner date between President Aquino and one of the winners in the pageant.

My co-anchor, Vic Somintac, added fuel to the fire when he disclosed, citing news reports, that many of the judges in the beauty pageant were either officials of the Aquino government or close friends of the President or of his family. The question of our listeners: was there a connection between the results of the pageant participated in by the President’s men, and the President’s dinner date?

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PLEASE LISTEN: DZEC1062 kHz Manila, 1080 kHz Dagupan City, 711 kHz Naga City, 1260 kHz Lucena City, 1224 kHz Davao City, and www.eaglenews.ph Mondays to Fridays, 6 a.m.; DYKA 801 kHz Panay Island, Yes Radio 88.3 FM, Barobo City, Surigao del Sur, Yes Radio 93.9 FM, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur, Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m.; 92.7 Smile FM, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur, Kiss 101.1 FM, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, Mondays to Fridays, 12 noon; 107.5 Win 107.5 FM, Roxas, Isabela, Saturday, 5:30 a.m., Sunday, 7 a.m.   -30-




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