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Greed in brownouts; Pacquiao preaching woes


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming…” (Colossians 3:5-6, the Holy Bible).

THE GREED IN MINDANAO POWER SHORTAGE? Whoaaa… wait a minute, first things first in the Mindanao power shortage! Before the allies of President Aquino at the House of Representatives pass a law giving emergency powers to him to address the blackouts in Southern Philippines, let us first resolve the issue: is there really a power shortage or not?
At this point, we cannot just believe anymore the government’s claim that there is a shortage of power supply in the region, considering that party list lawmakers are insisting there is enough electricity, really, but that private power generators are selling it at greatly expensive rates.
It appears therefore that it is not a problem of whether there is available power in Mindanao. It is a problem of whether existing private electricity suppliers---the big time businessmen engaged in power generation in Mindanao---would want to slash down their profits and give up their perks. In other words, the issue in the Mindanao power shortage is greed.

PACQUIAO’S PREACHING IN JEOPARDY OVER BIR SUIT: Can Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao really fight the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and hope to win? While I agree that there must have been some railroading in the hasty service of subpoenas for him to submit records of his earnings, it is the duty of the BIR to investigate him, whether or not that investigation would cost him his million-dollar endorsements.

But then, I agree with his lawyers, led by New Era College of Law Dean Abraham Espejo and former Justice Secretary Artemio Tuquero, that the BIR should have been more circumspect and careful in filing the tax cases against Pacquiao. He is not just a world class boxer anymore, not just a congressman, but, more importantly, a worker of God in the ministry of spreading His Word.

Any attack against Pacquiao that would destroy his credibility as a taxpayer would also destroy his credibility as a man of God, a man who is now being used to preach the Word. Only God’s enemy would find happiness in the demonization and destruction of God’s workers.

DIAZ AND JUSTICE CARPIO RELATED? Now, opposition lawmakers have another weapon against Administrator Eulalio Diaz of the Land Registration Authority: they claim that Diaz is the nephew of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, whom Chief Justice Renato Corona earlier accused of pushing for his (Corona’s) impeachment.

Did Diaz release the list of 45 properties allegedly owned by Corona on account of his relationship with Carpio, lawmakers now want to know. The theory of the opposition now is that, Diaz released the list on the basis of this relationship. My question: assuming Diaz is really a nephew of Carpio, is there a prohibition against Diaz’ investigating Corona’s properties and later making public this probe?

WHERE ARE THE GAMBLING LORDS? Why can’t I hear people in Zamboanga City congratulating the police over the illegal gambling charges they filed against four people arrested in the city last week during an anti-gambling operation? Is it because those arrested are mere bet collectors and not the real gambling lords? The question seems to be, why is there no arrest of gambling lords when, obviously, the bet collectors are working for them?

by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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