Thursday, January 7, 2010

Three-term-limit rule benefits local execs

SC RULING ON THREE-TERM-LIMIT RULE BENEFITS LOCAL EXECS: Paging elected officials, this one is for you, in relation to your three-term-limit.

Much to the chagrin and dismay I am sure of his political foes, Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao “Peewee” Trinidad may yet remain his city’s chief executive until 2016, thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling clarifying the meaning of the “three-term-limit” rule as applied to elected officials.

In its reported decision involving a councilor of Lucena City in Quezon Province, the high tribunal is said to have clarified that the three-term limit rule for an elective official does not apply when the official was totally removed from office while serving any of his term.

What this means, the Supreme Court intoned, is that when an elected official is ousted, or divested of his title or office, the three-term-limit rule no longer applies, so that he is given a fresh three terms (or another nine-year term, if he wins) to serve.

In the case of Peewee, a fraternity brod of mine at the UP College of Law Sigma Rho Fraternity, he was given a fresh three term of nine years because in 2007, he was ousted and divested of his title when the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed him on charges of graft and corruption.

So, Mayor Peewee has his opponents who sued him for graft and the Ombudsman who ousted him to thank for his new three term of nine years starting 2010?


HOW MUCH SHOULD ONE GIVE TO WORKERS OF GOD? Here is the second part of the article being circulated in the Internet by one “Bernardo Padua” (paduabd@drive, on why we should give financial and other material support to workers of God:

“(James 2:14-17 NIV) What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? {15} Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. {16} If one of you says to him, `Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

“(Luke 12:33-34 NIV) Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys... {34} For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

How much should one give? Our Lord Jesus Himself did not specify the amount a Christian should give. If we give, it will be given back to us. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.

(Luke 6:36-38 NIV) Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful... {37} `Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. {38} Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’


WE MUST EXCEL IN THE GRACE OF GIVING: “However in 1 Timothy, Christians are encouraged to give generously. 1TIMOTHY 6:18 Tell them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others. (6:19) In this way they will save up a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future and so lay hold of what is truly life.

“In 2 Corinthians Paul talks about the grace of giving. He is talking about making a gift to those Christians in Jerusalem who are suffering due to famine. He makes the point that the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

(2 Cor 8:7-15 NIV) But just as you excel in everything--in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us --see that you also excel in this grace of giving. {8} I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others....”

More of this next issue!


CORONATION OF MARY: The “Coronation of the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth” is the fifth “Glorious Mystery” in the Holy Rosary of Roman Catholic Christians, and, despite attempts by non-believers to discredit this aspect of Mary’s life, Catholics continue to hold on to it as part of their Christian faith.

Catholic leaders justify their belief about the coronation of Mary as the “Queen of Heaven and Earth” in the following manner: “(Mary) is the Mother of the Son of God, who is the messianic King. Mary is the Mother of Christ, the Word incarnate...Elizabeth greeted the Blessed Virgin, pregnant with Jesus, as `the Mother of my Lord.’ [Luke 1:41-43]

“She is the perfect follower of Christ. The maid of Nazareth consented to God's plan; she journeyed on the pilgrimage of faith; she listened to God's word and kept it in her heart; she remained steadfastly in close union with her Son, all the way to the foot of the cross; she persevered in prayer with the Church.

“Thus in an eminent way she won the `crown of righteousness,’ [See 2 Timothy 4:8] the `crown of life,’ [See James 1:12; Revelation 2:10] the `crown of glory’ [See 1 Peter 5:4] that is promised to those who follow Christ….”


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