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(Enlightenment—Passage of the Day)

Q.) WHAT ARE THE TWO GREATEST COMMANDMENTS THAT MAN SHOULD OBEY AND FOLLOW?

A.) “THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND, AND WITH ALL THY STRENGTH: THIS THE FIRST COMMANDMENT.  AND THE SECOND IS THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF. THERE IS NONE OTHER COMMANDMENT GREATER THAN THESE.” (Mark12:30-31) Email: jayfeliciano2@yahoo.com

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THIS corner turned out to be like a legal counsel and a spiritual counsel combined into one yesterday, Oct. 10.

While walking along Sucabon St. on my way to my own turf along Climaco Ave. a certain  Ely took notice of me and yelled, “Sir Jun! Pabor mentiona mio tienda de comida ki. Barato ya, sabroso pa. Ta mira yo cuntigo na TV-13.” I just nodded, but paused briefly to buy my favorite veggie food from his stall for my noontime meal. Then, he sought my advice (whether done wittingly or unwittingly, it’s no longer my business). My only concern is for him to reform and even has to repent. This is his problem: “Pakimodo man sir Jun anda kita na cielo cay tiene man yo tres mujer? (How can I go to heaven, Sir Jun, as I have three wives?)” I told him pointblank: “You have to do away the two and keep only the one you’re truly married in the eyes of God. Because, the Bible says, “WHAT THEREFORE GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER, LET NOT MAN PUT ASUNDER.” (Mark10:9)

Then his face fell, and said: “Dol dipicil man ace, sir Jun (It seems hard to do, sir Jun).”

Inside me, I could only whisper myself, “Pues pasiensya, Ely (Well, sorry, Ely). Ely is his name he gave to me when we gladly met.

CONCUBINAGE FOUND?; USURPATION COMMITTED BY EX-KAGAWAD?

ANOTHER sad episode was related to this corner yesterday, as well, by a woman who revealed to me the ordeal of her younger sister whose husband was fooling her around. “Sir, Jun, the husband of my younger sister impregnated a widowed lady from our own neighborhood. And, their supposed daughter is now six years old. I heard their suspected illicit affair from another woman who’s also our neighbor in our same place in Brgy. Patalon. I confronted her after she arrived as a domestic helper from Saudi only the other day. It took me several months to wait for her arrival from abroad. Then, when we talked over their scandalous relationship, she admitted her six-year-old daughter now was fathered by my brother-in-law. But, when there was confrontation made yesterday, (Oct. 9) in the barangay hall, they both denied. What we’re also complaining Sir Jun, why was it an ex-kagawad was entertaining our complaint, and not any of those present elective barangay officials of our village of Patalon? Where were our elected kagawads under our Brgy. Captain Bong Rojas?” the irate and aggrieved party asked.

According to her, the ex-kagawad has no authority to hear their complaintas he’s no longer a brgy official of Patalon. “He already lost in the last brgy. elections, sir, so, why was he allowed to hear our complaint?” she further asked.

I told her that ex-kagawad can face a possible suit for usurpation of an authority. Under Art. 177 of the Revised Penal Code, it explicitly provides “ANY PERSON WHO SHALL KNOWINGLY AND FALSELY REPRESENT HIMSELF TO BE AN OFFICER, AGENT, OR REPRESENTATIVE OF ANY DEPARTMENT OR AGENCY OF THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT OR OF ANY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, OR WHO, UNDER PRETENSE OF OFFICIAL POSITION, SHALL PERFORM ANY ACT PERTAINING TO ANY PERSON IN AUTHORITY OR PUBLIC OFFICER OF THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT OR ANY FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, OR ANY AGENCY THEREOF, WITHOUT BEING LAWFULLY ENTITLED TO DO SO, SHALL SUFFER THE PENALTY OF PRISION CORRECCIONAL IN ITS MINIMUM AND MEDIUM PERIODS.”

That’s it, you Madam Cory (not her real name as she requested anonymity).

Thanks, guys. See you, next time. (30)




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