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KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Double standard in poll raps? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:41

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Jesus said…`I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die’…” (John 11:25, the Holy Bible).
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ABALOS CRIES: “DOUBLE STANDARD” IN POLL RAPS: Former Chairman Benjamin Abalos of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is making a very serious accusation which the Department of Justice (DOJ) must answer—according to him, the department is coddling election supervisor Yogie Martirizar and is preventing her arrest even if there are now 12 electoral sabotage non-bailable cases against her.

If left unanswered, this tirade of Abalos could prove that the DOJ is applying a double standard in pursuing Abalos and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo over charges that they cheated in the 2007 mid-term elections—“fast and furious” arrest for the two of them, but “soft and tender” treatment for other Comelec officials. One kind of justice for administration foes, and another for all others?
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“SHAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL”: First, it was former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. Now, it is Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo. Later, it maybe Chief Justice Renato Corona. The success in booting out Gutierrez has given the administration the appetite to replicate the formula against those perceived to be blocking President Aquino’s “reform agenda”.

Shake, rattle and roll, as it were, the target, create public adverse reaction, make it a really  difficult life for the official whose ouster is being sought—this seems to have become  a sure-fire recipe for creating a vacancy in an office whose occupant is uncooperative. Where will this lead to? Only time can tell, of course, but surely, we will find out after six years, God willing.
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DIFFERENT BRANCHES, DIFFERENT AGENDA: Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat is right: the three great branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—should be working together, not against each other. But, I have a question for Mayor Celso: how will the branches work with one another when, very obviously, they have different agendas and are evidently obsessed with differing objectives?
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WHERE ARE GLORIA’S PEOPLE NOW? Did you notice how people, mostly from Mandaluyong City, acted to show their support and sympathy for Chairman Abalos who was also the city’s former mayor? They came out in droves as soon as word got around that electoral sabotage charges will be filed against him. This was something I did not see when Gloria was the one that was sued. Indeed, where are Gloria’s people now?
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SELECTIVITY IN HELPING OFWs: There is something that I cannot understand over the government’s policy on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) facing execution or other penalties: why is there an apparent “selectivity” in helping our countrymen? I say this because while we are going gaga to help the OFW in the newest China execution, nothing is being done about the case of OFW Dondon Lanuza.

Lanuza is now awaiting execution, too, in Saudi Arabia, and yet, the government is not acting on his thousands and thousands of requests to be assisted. Can the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Foreign Affairs explain? Are we all just simply waiting for Lanuza’s execution?

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ODDITY IN MALACANANG PHOTO: There is something odd in the Philippine Star photo about the recognition rites for The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of 2011, held in Malacanang. Why was President Aquino not standing side-by-side with the TOYM Foundation chairman, businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, and with the Gerry Roxas Foundation chairman, Judy Roxas?

 
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