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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened…” (Matthew 7:7-8, the Holy Bible).

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DEFENSE FEARS DRILON? If the lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona will really seek the inhibition of Sen. Franklin Drilon from the Senate impeachment trial, that will be an admission that  they fear the lawmaker and his cunning ability to bring out derogatory information which the prosecution panel has been failing to elicit. This admission of fear is not going to be good for the defense lawyers’ client, the chief justice.

The fact is that, even in ordinary courts, the presiding judge can ask any question to any witness, whether the question would appear to favor or condemn anyone of the litigants. In fairness to him, Drilon is just doing his job, although  concededly, wonderfully for the prosecution, and disastrously for the defense. But, this is no ground to inhibit him.

What can Corona’s lawyers do with someone who is trial-tested like Drilon as a judge in the impeachment court? Anticipate his questions, and jump the gun on him, so to speak, by asking the witness to answer the anticipated questions ahead of Drilon asking them. Impossible? Well, many defense lawyers are experts in anticipating questions from opponents, and Corona’s lawyers should be no exception.

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PALPARAN AND LACK OF JUSTICE: What’s this I hear that Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan is actually being “hidden” by friends and supporters in the military who share his belief that he is not going to get justice in the murder charges that have been filed against him before the Bulacan Regional Trial Court under the Aquino government, and that justice will be given to him only when the Aquino government is gone?

If there are people in the present military leadership who entertain the notion that justice is elusive now, should they be allowed to continue in office? And if they are refusing to “yield” Palparan to judicial authorities to undergo trial, are they not violating their oath of office as military officers? Indeed, what is happening to our country, general?

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NRMC HS ’73 REUNION: The members of Class of 1973, high school department, of the defunct Dr. Nicanor Reyes Memorial Colleges in Paniqui, Tarlac, held their “grand reunion” last Saturday, January 21, 2012, and elected officers that will steer the group as it organizes itself into a foundation intended to serve the less fortunate members of the class and of the community as a whole with projects like “operation tuli (circumcision)” and medical-surgical missions.

Dr. Rowena Abubo Bautista, a pediatrician in Paniqui, was elected president. She and her husband, Dr. Jesse, announced that the reunion of the class in 2013, which will actually be the 40th year of their graduation, will be held in their house in Paniqui on March 9, 2013. Classmates may call her number 09173380846, for details.

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SUSPENDING EMANO “DISASTROUS”: Sendong’s rains and floods proved disastrous for many residents of Cagayan de Oro City in December last year, but it will be more disastrous and tragic for the Aquino government to be suspending Mayor Vicente Emano and pinning the blame on him for the tragedy. If anyone is to be held accountable at all, we must also suspend national officials who did not heed warnings that the calamity was just waiting to happen.

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BEST WISHES: My best wishes go to Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo and spouse, Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad Romulo. Lani and I worked together as news anchors and TV hosts of a cable station at some point in time, and even then, I knew she would be ultimately tying the marital knot with another politician. Roman and Lani make a lovely couple, and here’s a prayer that God will be with them in their union.

By Atty. Batas Mauricio




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