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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer…” (Romans 12:12, the Holy Bible).

DOJ CAN HELP STOP MEAT SMUGGLING: One way of effectively addressing meat smuggling in the Philippines is the no-holds barred prosecution of smugglers, as well as their backers in government and in the private sector. But it is very sad that the Department of Justice (DOJ) seems to be sleeping on billion-peso-smuggling cases filed by former Customs Commissioner Lito Alvarez. With no criminal prosecution, the smuggling “show” goes on.

“PADRINOS” HELPING SMUGGLERS: Is it true that some of those who have been sued for smuggling before the DOJ have buttered up with people very influential with top officials of this country, lavishing them with irresistible gifts and “so-hard-to-refuse” emoluments as a way to deter their prosecution? I am told that if we only open our eyes to things publicly displayed around Metro Manila, one can see countless proof of this “buttering up” with powerful “padrinos”.

ONLY SMALL FRIES GET SUED FOR SMUGGLING: And then again, it is clear that only the small fries---mere employees, dummies, and people willing to front for moneyed businessmen---who get sued for smuggling before the DOJ. The real smugglers---those who bring in meat and other products by the billions of pesos without paying the proper taxes---are not touched at all, evidently because they can pay their way around, and exempt themselves from court cases.

SMUGGLERS TAPPING 2013 POLL HOPEFULLS: AGAP Party List Rep. Nicanor Briones said as much, in an interview with broadcaster Noli De Castro Friday, May 4, 2012, when he blurted out that some Customs officials seem to be closing their eyes on the smuggling of meat and other goods, apparently in preparation for their political designs in 2013. The impression Briones gave was that money is changing hands at the Bureau of Customs---smugglers paying Customs officials who have political ambitions to allow smuggling to go on.

“CREEPY, SELF-SERVING JUSTICES”: California, USA based Filipino lawyer Dan I. Amosin sent a reaction to our column on a Supreme Court resolution--- Administrative Matter No. 10-4-20-SC---which effectively prohibits Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales from investigating complaints that Chief Justice Renato Corona has a US$10 million deposit, as it is only the tribunal which has the right to do the probe.
He said: “… The supreme court administrative rule granting exclusive jurisdiction to the Supreme Court to investigate justices, promulgated in 20l0 by creepy, self-serving justices, contravenes the express provisions of the law (Republic Act 6770, the Ombudsman Act, which clearly empowers the Ombudsman under sections 15, 16 and 22 thereof to investigate Corona)…”

Well, for Dan’s information, the Supreme Court website lists the names of the  justices who promulgated that rule in 2010, whom he called “creepy and self-serving justices”. The website and the list of the justices could easily be googled and therefore accessed, even if he is in California.
Here are the justices: Chief Justice Reynato Puno and Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Renato Corona, Conchita Carpio Morales, Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura, Teresita J. Leonardo De Castro, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano Del Castillo, Roberto Abad, Martin Vilarama Jr., Jose Perez, and Jose Mendoza.

ADB MUST LOOK AT THE BIBLE, TOO: Oh yes, the Asian Development Bank is concerned about global warming and climate change in Asia, and is therefore proposing measures to fight the environmental scourge. But, I said this before and I say it again: no proposal to fight global warming and climate change will ever be effective, whether it comes from the ADB or someone else, if it does not take into account God’s point of view from the Bible.

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