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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuse in times of trouble…” (Psalm 59:16, the Holy Bible).

GROUP WARNS SENATORS OF REJECTION: The officers and members of the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution, Inc., led by President Eligio P. Mallari, former human rights commissioner, issued a manifesto last February 2, 2012 in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, appealing to senator-judges to try and decide the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona solely on the basis of admissible evidence adduced in the trial.

 

The group warned senators that “a judgment rendered on the basis of political affinity and leanings, personal animosity, or selfish interests” will be rejected by the people, and would render the impeachment trial a farce and a mockery of the administration of justice, and a violation of the basic tenets of the Constitution on due process and equal protection of the laws.

WHY ARE DOCTORS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST CIGARETTES? There is something that does not fit about the plea of doctors belonging to the Philippine College of Physicians for Congress to pass a law that would impose more taxes on cigars and cigarettes, as a means to curb smoking among Filipinos, especially the young.

Why are these doctors concerned about cigars and cigarettes only? Why have they not focused their attention on liquors, wines and other spirits, which are equally deadly and devastating? Indeed, what’s the difference if someone died because of too much smoking or too much drinking? Nothing, right? Both died anyway, so, why the discrimination among the doctors?

SCANDAL WITH A PORSCHE-DRIVING CLERK: If the Bureau of Customs clerk who roughed up a minor driver along the South Luzon Expressway was not driving a Posche, will Commissioner Ruffy Biazon ever have taken notice? I don’t know, but I feel that Biazon got agitated, not because of the rough personality of the customs clerk, but because he was caught with a very expensive car that highlights the prevailing good, albeit scandalous, life at the Bureau, while many other Filipinos are unable to eat even just one meal a day.

BIASED MEDIA NETWORKS TAKE CUE FROM CRITICISMS: I am amazed at how media networks---even the big and established ones---are showing respect for opinions posted in the Internet, particularly in Facebook. During the days that the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona had been proceeding, many people have been criticizing, through Internet and Facebook postings, some media entities which are rabidly against the chief justice.

Now, obviously fearing the growing disenchantment from a public that can see through their biases and who have no qualms about publicizing how they feel, these media groups have either been tempering their criticisms of Corona and his lawyers, or have become more liberal in publicizing opinions favorable to Corona, his lawyers, and his family. Indeed, the Internet is a weapon whose time has come.

ARE PINOYS SAFE FROM ASG RETALIATION? I do not wish to be an alarmist, but can the Philippine government, particularly its defense and military establishments, simply shrug off the threat from possible retaliation from the Abu Sayaff Group after three of its leaders were killed Thursday, February 2, 2012? I am afraid that it would be the height of folly if our government leaders will be content with statements like they could take on the threat, and yet, are unable to show proof that the people are safe.

WILL ENGLEBERT REALLY COME? Famous balladeer Englebert Humperdinck is set to do a two-day concert at the Manila Hotel on February 14 and at another venue on February 15, but I have my doubts whether he can make it to the Philippines. You see, my family and I were among those who bought tickets for Englebert’s supposed concert in a place in Cubao, Quezon City some two or three years ago, but feigning stomach troubles somewhere in Asia, the singer failed to materialize. Oh well, happy Valentine anyway!!!

BY ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO




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