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“Phase 3” in impeachment row


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty. `Not a root or a branch will be left to them’…” (Malachi 4:1, the Holy Bible).

“PHASE 3” IN IMPEACHMENT ROW? Talks about Vice President Jejomar Binay being the real target in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona---to take him out of the vice presidency and replaced by Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas, president of the Liberal party---is not correct. Toppling Binay is in reality only a “Phase 2”.

My sources are saying there is a more sinister target, actually a “Phase 3”, in all these impeachment brouhaha, and if the Filipino nation does not watch out, a change in government may yet occur right before our very eyes. What does this mean? Well, abangan na lamang ang susunod na na kabanata (in English, watch for the next juicy chapter, folks).

GATDULA DOJ PROBE VIOLATING SEPARATION OF POWERS? Prosecutor General Claro Arellano must answer charges by Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) lawyer Abraham Espejo that Arellano and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are violating a Manila Regional Trial Court temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping any DOJ probe against former National Bureau of Investigation Director Magtanggol Gatdula.

Arellano’s move to conduct a preliminary investigation against Gatdula for the alleged kidnapping and serious illegal detention of a Japanese illegally staying in the country violates the Constitutional separation of powers, in view of the TRO by the Manila Court, Espejo is saying. So, what else is new with the DOJ?

BONG AND HIS GOOD LOOKS: Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. put up an amazing “act” while he waited for wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado Revilla, to join him for a Valentine dinner at the Sofitel hotel lobby during the early evening of February 14, 2012.

All the while, Bong was repeatedly taking pictures of himself with his apparently new cell phone, in different poses yet, while people looked at him most amusedly. Oh well, Bong is gifted with good looks that even he cannot help but admire, even in the presence of so many people, right?

FAKE BANK RECORDS ROW MUST BE PROBED: Finding out the truth in the statement of bank manager Annabel Tiongson that the bank records submitted by the prosecution in the impeachment trial of Corona was fake or not is part and parcel of impeachment and is not an extraneous matter as Sen. Joker Arroyo wanted to say last Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

If this matter is not clarified, and it is later proved that Tiongson’s description of the prosecution’s bank records as fake is correct, it would not only be the Senate as an impeachment court that was fooled and defrauded, but the entire Filipino people as well. We should not allow fake records to be submitted by anyone, and punishments should be meted out to the guilty ones.

KNOWING AND OBEYING GOD’S COMMANDS: Knowing the commands of God and obeying them sincerely are sure ways of gaining success, solving problems, and attaining good health. This is what Proverbs 3:1-2 of the Bible says: “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.”

By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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