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QC Judge Reynaldo Daway, the mediator

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, Matthew 5:43-44, the Holy Bible).

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AN ERROR FROM BEATING THE DEADLINES:A perennial critic of what I have been writing here about the Bible corrected my column the other day that Jesus, our God and Savior, grew up in Bethlehem.  The critic said, in response to that column, that I was wrong in saying Jesus grew up in Bethlehem because, clearly, our God and Savior grew up in Nazareth. Well, I stand corrected, but this was truly  nothing more than a clerical error.

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QC JUDGE REYNALDO DAWAY, THE MEDIATOR: Judge Reynaldo Daway of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, Branch 90, disclosed to party-litigants the other day, February 07, 2017, that after his stint with the judiciary, he is considering a career in mediation, or the process of bringing together parties who have opposing and contradictory claims to arrive at a happy settlement.

The reason? On that day, during the so-called “judicial dispute resolution” (or a court mediation participated in by a judge) of a case which had been pending for several years before Branch 90, Judge Daway managed to entice the parties to a P500,000.00 collection case to settle their differences, where the litigants agreed to give concessions by way of giving up some of their claims.

Explaining the benefits of lowering their demands and counter-demands as a way to finally resolve the parties’ dispute, Judge Daway then led the parties to sign an agreement which was embodied in an order that he himself issued. The creditor in that case agreed to lower his demand, and the debtor agreed to increase what he was amenable to pay, and, bingo, their problem got solved instantly, even when their lawyers were absent!

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SC ENCOURAGES JUDGES TO BE MEDIATORS: It would seem Judge Daway is gaining fame as a magistrate who could be relied upon to effect a fair, just and godly resolution of the court cases that have been assigned to him, even without the rigors of a protracted litigation or court proceeding being resorted to. The Supreme Court is encouraging this kind of a conflict resolution, with its rules on mediation and judicial dispute resolution.

Mediation is resorted to after a case—whether civil or criminal—reaches the trial courts. It is usually done by referring the case to a mediator authorized by the Supreme Court to mediate and find mutually acceptable solutions even without trial. Judicial dispute resolution takes place when mediation fails, and it is directed by the judge where the case is assigned.

In one particular case where I assisted an accused of having embezzled some P1.2 million from the bank he was then working with, Judge Daway adroitly directed the parties there towards a happy compromise, resulting in the dismissal of the qualified theft case against the accused, and setting him free once again, with the bank recovering its money. Truly, the courts should have more Judge Daways in their midst!

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JESUS, AS A BOY, WAS GOD AND SAVIOR:So I was mistaken—Jesus grew up in Nazareth, but not in Bethlehem. At least, that’s what the Bible says in Luke 2. But that is not the point. Jesus may have grown up anywhere, for all we may care (or, in typing the column where I said He grew up in Bethlehem, I may have committed a typographical error in an attempt to beat a deadline).

Yet, what is more important to realize is that, during the year that there were no exact details of what He had done or where He had been, the Bible clearly demonstrated He was God and Savior, even when He was still a young boy. “He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was with him,” Luke said. Now, this could only be taken to mean that Jesus is not human, when read in conjunction with Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6, and Matthew 1:18-25.

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PLEASE LISTEN: ”Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible Exposition and prayer session online, could now be heard 24/7 (24 hours a day), in the Philippines and the world at  www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan.  Phone: 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0977 805 9058. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com. By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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