KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS
By ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed…” (Romans 13:11, the HolyBible).
GARIN MUST PURSUE DENGVAXIA INJECTION OF HER CHILDREN ON TV: I join the calls of my younger brother Leny, who is also a lawyer like me, for former Health Secretary Janet Garin to make good her promise to inoculate with Dengvaxia her children in front of television cameras, to make her claim that the dengue drug has no adverse effects on children vaccinated with it more believable.
At this point that the daily news is filled with scary items about increasing number of child deaths after they were injected with Dengvaxia, it would do well for Garin (and other officials of the Noynoy Aquino government led by former President Benigno Aquino III) to have their children or other relatives vaccinated too.
And they must do this with live TV cameras beaming to the nation the inoculations, to calm down the parents of nearly one million school children who were forcibly administered with the medicine. Too, teachers, and other officials of the Department of Education then, like former Education Secretary Armin Luistro, should also cause the vaccination of their children with Dengvaxia, infront of TV cameras, for the same reason.
SSS EXEC LA VINA, WHY THE HOLLOW DECISION ON CORRUPTION AT THE SSS? Please pardon me for saying this, but officials like one Jose Gabriel La Vina, a commissioner of the Social Security System (I don’t know him, he doesn’t know me), appear to be one dire reason why grave corruption persists in government. Why did I say this?
Well, think about this: La Vina or the SSS discovered that the agency entered into illegal media contracts, worth a whooping P146 million, without public bidding. This is clear corruption. But what did La Vina do? Instead of suing those responsible for corruption, what he conceived of doing is the filing of mere administrative cases (where imprisonment is not a penalty).
Then, even with respect to the administrative cases, La Vina said he will not pursue them (and neither will the SSS), if those involved will just simply resign. If that happens, he said SSS may become lazy and will no longer pursue even the administrative cases. In other words, those responsible for the corrupt contracts will go scot free, so long as they vacate their posts. Oh well, that’s life in this country!
IT IS GOOD THAT LICUANAN IS NOW KICKED OUT FROM CHED: Naturally, lawmakers belonging to the Liberal Party are taking up the cudgels for resigned Chairman Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education. She was, after all, appointed to the CHED’s top post by their party, through their erstwhile leader, former President Benigno Aquino III.
But to those who are keenly keeping an eye on CHED and the system of public universities and colleges, Licuanan miserably failed in the overall objective of strengthening the education of poor and marginalized students in highest institutions of learning that are owned, operated, and managed by the government.
The truth is that, many had asked Licuanan to stop the receipt by CHED officials of parts of the tuition and other matriculation fees which very poor students were paying to government colleges and universities, in the guise of “profit participation”, but she ignored this completely. I know this, because I was one of those who made this request. It is good she had been kicked out, and here’s hoping for an investigation on this matter by the next CHED leader.
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