‘Tis the season to be giving, forgiving

People are in an upbeat mood with the advent of the so-called “ber” months, specifically September, October, November and December which signals the beginning of the Christmas season — described as the longest in the world — and all the good and joyous things associated with it.

So, it was probably in this spirit that Solicitor General Jose Calida announced that he would no longer burden the much, loathed Sen. Antonio Trillanes with a libel suit for calling him a thief.

“We have to forgive those who have sinned against us. I am a Christian. I know how to forgive,” the Duterte government’s top lawyer was quoted recently by media as saying, despite the absence of a public apology from the lawmaker.

Some weeks ago, Calida threatened to file a libel complaint against Trillanes for maliciously branding him a thief in stealing the amnesty application document which the former Magdalo mutineer supposedly accomplished as one of the requirements to secure a presidential amnesty and freedom from the Camp Aguinaldo stockade.

Trillanes became desperate when President Duterte through Proclamation 572 voided the amnesty granted him by Noynoy Aquino in 2010 as he had allegedly failed to formally apply for one.


Interestingly, another fellow in a forgiving mood is Hamilton Abdul, the airport x-ray scanner working for the Office of Transportation Security (OTS), who was seen on CCTV in a close encounter with ACTS-OFW partylist Rep. Aniceto Bertiz.

Bertiz, who is a member of the House opposition bloc, may be seen on the CCTV allegedly “bullying” Abdul for asking him to remove his shoes at the final check-in counter prior to boarding his flight, as provided by International Air Transport Association rules, last 29 September at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Abdul’s superiors in the OTS, which falls under the umbrella of the Department of Transportation, said they would extend all possible aid in case he decides to file a case against Bertiz.

Nevertheless, it was later made known to the media that Abdul had a drastic change of heart and was no longer keen in going after Bertiz before the House Ethics Committee as well as the Pasay Prosecutor’s Office.

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