People fed up with corruption must band together now PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 August 2017 13:19

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 13:49-50, the Holy Bible).

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GMA BROADCASTERS’ SOLUTION TO BOC’S CORRUPTION OKAY BUT… Two radio broadcasters I admire the most for their persistence in their work of unearthing the truth in any scandal are GMA DZBB’s Orly Trinidad and Fernan Gulapa.

The two brought up the possibility of regularly changing all officers of the Bureau of Customs to put a stop to the pernicious corruption in the agency that enabled some P6.4 billion worth of shabu to be released without any hassles.

Interviewing a guest during their late afternoon show, Orly and Fernan lamented the corrupting influence that the Bureau seems to exert on its officers, even on those who had to rebel against government before, to fight corruption.

The two then suggested that, perhaps, all Bureau officials should be changed as often as possible to prevent them from fraternizing with smugglers, drug lords, and other evil personalities.

Orly and Fernan had a point there, but, the real problem is that, anyone who has no fear and love of God would become easily corrupted, not only in the Bureau but in the entire government as well.

The need therefore is not to find replacements, but to instill in everyone in the Bureau of Customs, and even in everyone in government and in the country, fear and love of God.

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CORRUPTION AT BUREAU OF CUSTOMS DUE TO LACK OF FEAR AND LOVE OF GOD: The reason graft and corruption, illegal drugs proliferation, criminality, smuggling, and all other evil acts are happening in the Philippines and in the world today is the pervasive lack of fear and love of God among humanity at present.

Since many no longer fear and love God, they have become capable of even the most despicable acts.

This is the reason why we see initially-good people—people who have waged wars against corruption all their lives—suddenly having no qualms to pocket billions in government funds, or to accept bribes from criminals, drug lords, smugglers, and other syndicates motivated by evil.

It is clear their professions of fear and love of God are nothing but a pretense, perhaps to entice their election or appointment to some important and juicy government positions, so that they themselves could steal and plunder later on.

The same thing is true with private citizens who are in business—they project an outward appearance of piety, even if they are raving wolves inside, devouring hapless victims along the way.

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PEOPLE FED UP WITH CORRUPTION MUST BAND TOGETHER NOW: What can ordinary citizens like us do, to remedy the situation? The strategy is not to look at the people who have descended into corruption and criminality on account of their lack of fear and love of God.

We should look at ourselves, and realize that it is us who effect the change that would turn even the most hardened criminals back to being godly. What we should do, by ourselves and by our family members if possible, is to learn God’s commands by persistent reading of the Bible, and then obeying all of those commands daily.

The change that will come upon us, descending from the grace of God, will become a conflagration of goodness that will melt all others and turn them into individuals loving and fearing God.