BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS:“… But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people…” (1 Corinthians 5:11, the Holy Bible).
MALACANANG URGED TO DISCLOSE PNOY’S HEALTH STATUS: A listener of the radio program “Tambalang Batas at Somintac” which airs Mondays to Fridays, at 6 in the morning, over DZEC 1062 kHz in Metro Manila and in different frequencies in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao has a valid point: Malacanang must disclose the total health condition of President Aquino, in view of reports circulating in the country today that he is sick of some kind of a serious illness.
The listener maybe touching on a highly sensitive issue, considering accusations against Aquino during the campaign, but which he had since debunked, zeroing in on an alleged mental sickness. But then, truly, there is a Constitutional right given to the Filipino people to know just how healthy—or how sick—their president actually is, in his body, mind, and spirit.
This right was in fact etched into the supreme law of the land by the iconic Corazon C. Aquino herself, the President’s mother, when she pushed for the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, largely as a reaction to reports during those times that former President Marcos was no longer the one running the affairs of the nation because he was already very sick, unable to carry out the grave responsibilities of his office.
CORY CONSTITUTION REQUIRES HEALTH DISCLOSURE: Here is what the Cory Aquino 1987 Constitution says on this point, particularly under its Section 12, Art. VII: “In case of serious illness of the President, the public shall be informed of the state of his health. The members of the Cabinet in charge of national security and foreign relations and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, shall not be denied access to the President during such illness.”
WHO IS TINGTING COJUANGCO’S ACCUSER? There is a compelling reaction coming from former Rep. Glenn Chong on reports in the media largely sympathetic to the Aquino government which said that a former staff member of presidential aunt Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco has accused her and Chong of ordering the theft of ballots from Baguio City to further discredit the use of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in forthcoming elections in the Philippines.
In a post in his Facebook timeline which has been shared by his friends, Chong claimed that the former staff member of Tingting who is now accusing her and Chong as well is a “confessed seasoned swindler” who had been detained in a Metro Manila police station for duping members of the media in 2014.
SWINDLERS, ROBBERS, AND LIARS: Chong also posted the following messages: “If the Aquino administration and (former Comelec Chairman Sixto) Brillantes is (sic) willing to use a confessed seasoned swindler to destroy this critic (meaning, Chong), this could only mean that this critic (Chong) must be effective, they are desperate, and that they, too, are swindlers because birds of the same feather flock together.”
Chong further posted: “To swindle means to commit fraud or lie. The PCOS is one such fraud. Mamasapano is one such lie. Swindling is its (should be, “their”) way of life!” And, addressing Brillantes, Chong also said: “Mr. Brillantes, I hoped that you looked at me carefully in the eye when you mentioned the name of (the supposed swindler) on January 12, 2015. You thought then that you had an ace against me.
“I was smirking (Mr. Brillantes), and was smiling in an annoying self-satisfied manner, because I knew then that one day you will use him against me. On that day, I will be able to show to the public what you are and who you really are. This is now the day sir. A swindler is a sibling of the robber and liar. Birds of the same feather flock together.”
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