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Good morning judge: The valiant minority

THE debate on the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint session of Congress was an interesting show of force by the majority congressmen who lorded it over during the debate. The sixty-day limit mandated by the Constitution was supposed to have ended last July 23 and any further extension is allowed for another sixty days under the same provision of the Constitution. But the majority in Congress, mindless of this constitutional mandate, nonetheless voted for an extension up to December of this year, or five months more. The minority senators led by Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon and opposition leader Riza Hontiveros led the vote against the extension and valiantly maintained their stand that the extension should not be more than 60 days. Thus, the vote in the Senate was 16 in favor and 4 against while the vote in Congress was 245 in favor and 14 against. With this trend in Congress it may not be far-fetched that martial law may be declared not only in Mindanao but in the entire Visayas and Luzon, thus going back to the dark days of the Marcos martial era where the writ of habeas corpus was suspended and arrests were made even without warrant from the Court. Let’s just pray that this does not happen. Incidentally, we failed to write our piece last week as we were down with arthritic pains. I think that’s the price of getting of age. TRIVIA: Belated congratulations to Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona of our Archdiocese of Caceres who celebrated his Nth birthday anniversary Saturday, July 22. We chanced upon each other at the Office of the LTO here in Naga while we were both renewing our driver’s license. This coming Friday, July 28, the IBP Naga and Camarines Sur Chapter will conduct its “2nd Round Table Discussion on Issues and Concerns of Notaries Public” at the IBP Hall. It will also discuss the report of the Committee on the Proposed Notarial Fees. After the business meeting fellowship will follow. QUOTATION OF THE WEEK: “TO BE ALWAYS FORTUNATE, AND TO PASS THROUGH LIFE WITH A SOUL THAT HAS NEVER KNOWN SORROW, IS TO BE IGNORANT OF ONE HALF OF NATURE.” LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE: “TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD, BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO TAKES REFUGE IN HIM.” PSALM 34:8

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