KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS
By ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… So be on guard; then you will not be carried away by the errors of these wicked people and lose your own secure footing. Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” (2 Peter 3:17-18, the Holy Bible).
WILL THERE BE A BIBLE IN DIGONG’S OATH-TAKING? If incoming President Rodrigo Duterte was quoted as saying the Bible has no more relevance today because it was written 3,000 or so years ago yet, I wonder whether, in his oath-taking on June 30, 2016, his left hand will be made to rest on a copy of the Bible, as what our previous presidents did? I wrote this column a day before his oath-taking, so I don’t know what he will do.
QUESTIONS ON DRUG SURRENDEREES: Then, I have another question: will the drug pushers who have been surrendering and taking an oath to stop peddling and using illegal drugs, like those who surrendered to incoming Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno in Koronadal City in Sultan Kudarat last Wednesday, June 29, 2016, really stop their nefarious activities?
I mean, it is a fact that many people turn to selling drugs because they have no other means of earning decently. If they are going to stop now, and yet the government lacks the capacity to give them a viable employment alternative, that would make them and their children go hungry. It wouldn’t be long before they go back to drug pushing, or to other criminal activities just to earn.
On the other hand, if those who used drugs wouldn’t be subjected to an honest-to-goodness rehabilitation programs, their bodies which have long been addicted to these illegal substances would continue to crave for them, and, similarly, it wouldn’t be long before they go back to the same vice. Since they are also dirt poor, they will have no money for rehabilitation. This seems to have escaped Duterte and his officials, right?
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: Manny F. is asking: what can ordinary citizens do if they are kept awake, deep into the night, by noisy karaoke singing in their neighborhoods, which is usually aggravated by out of tune singers? Manny F said he tried complaining to the barangay but then nothing has come out of it.
The answer is that, those who feel disturbed by this kind of vexatious circumstance can go directly to the courts and file a case which is called “petition for abatement of nuisance.” Nuisance is anything that causes discomfort, and it can be stopped, or abated, only by orders of the courts. This is of course expensive, but it is the only way, short of forcing the singers to stop.
GOD’S LEADER FROM THE “EAST, FAR-OFF LAND”: A self-confessed critic of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church who is a co-member of mine in an Internet group expressed disbelief on what I wrote here that the “Leader Disciple” of this Church is the “leader” prophesied to be called by God to fulfill His plan for the end time—which is proclaiming Jesus as God and Savior, and saving souls who will have faith in Jesus.
That is his belief, and I cannot complain against what he believes in. But the fact remains that the Bible, in its Isaiah 46:11, talks about a “leader” being called by God from the “east”, to lead His people “from the far off land”. What is God’s plan for the end time that this “leader from the east, from the far off land” must fulfill with God’s people?
It is that which is stated in Matthew 24:14, which is the proclamation of the Good News (which is that, Jesus is God and Savior). This plan dovetails with what Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 that He will build His Church, which will be the Church of Salvation because “the gates of hell will not prevail against it”. This Church, says Isaiah 46:11, will come from the east, from the far-off land, which is the Philippines.
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