KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Is people power wrong? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 July 2011 13:50

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws…” (Psalm 119:30, the Holy Bible).
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KILLING THE CONSTITUTION’S PEOPLE POWER PROVISION? Justice Secretary Leila De Lima may not realize it, but her legal opinion on the statements made by Marine Col. Generoso Mariano advocating the overthrow of a government which can no longer meet the needs of its people, could kill, as it were, the people power provision of the 1987 Constitution, and may pose legal problems for the 1986 Aquino- and 2000 Arroyo governments which were ushered in by mass actions.

I mean, the present Constitution, which was the handiwork of the government of President Cory Aquino, President Benigno Aquino III’s mother, was made to recognize in its people power provision (Section 16, Art. 13) that the  “right of the people and their organizations to effective and reasonable participation at all levels of social, political, and economic decision-making shall not be abridged…”
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IS PEOPLE POWER WRONG? This provision was inserted in the Charter to provide the legal basis for the ouster of the government of President Marcos and the installation of the government of President Cory Aquino. Clearly, by virtue of this  1987 Constitution’s people power provision, the Revised Penal Code rules on crimes against the state, such as rebellion, sedition or insurrection got nullified, and fighting the government got legalized.

Now, if Secretary De Lima is saying that statements which tend to overthrow a government no longer supported by the people, such as those made by Mariano, are illegal as they could constitute rebellion or sedition, would that mean that people power is legally wrong, and that the 1986 Aquino and Arroyo governments were illegally constituted?
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GSIS POLICY ILLEGAL: I do not see the logic in the policy of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) barring 25,454 of its members from applying for loans and receiving dividends simply because the offices where these members are working failed to remit their GSIS contributions---which were already collected from them anyway.

This policy actually constitutes graft and corruption on the part of the present leaders of GSIS, because it gives undue injury to GSIS members---in terms of benefits denied them---as a result of the discharge of the duties and responsibilities of GSIS officials.

The better part of prudence here is for the GSIS to allow the members to obtain loans and receive their dividends just the same---for many a time, these loans and dividends have already been “pawned” by them even before they receive them, in view of pressing needs---and then just prosecute the members’ superiors later.
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BIBLICAL TRUTH ON FIGHTING LEADERS: Here is an interesting bit of Biblical truth about subjecting ourselves to our leaders and not fighting them, as written in Romans 13:1-2:  “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.

“The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…” --Atty. BATAS MAURICIO