KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Sandiganbayan not bound by Napoles affidavit PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 April 2014 11:19

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’ INSPIRATIONS: “…Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand…” (Deuteronomy 28:32, the Holy Bible).

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GOOD NEW SAINTS, BUT HOW ABOUT THE OTHERS? We congratulate the Roman Catholic Church for having two brand new saints—Saints John XXIII, and John Paul II. Indeed, both of them are qualified to become saints. But then, how about the millions of other Catholics from around the world who have displayed the same outstanding loyalty, dedication, obedience, and miraculous works who also qualify as saints but whose feat are not publicized?

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TROUBLES BY OFWs PREDICTED BY THE BIBLE: The troubles facing Filipinos in Singapore who want to celebrate Philippine Independence Day in the city’s Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza are nothing new. These are the same troubles that Filipinos living in other countries are experiencing, as in Taiwan and Hong Kong for example. These are in fact part of the Biblical prophecy against a nation who no longer listens to God and who no longer obeys Him.

In Deuteronomy 28:15 and 32 of the Bible, we are told: if you no longer listen to God and no longer obey Him, He will send His curses, and one of them is the curse of our children being sent to foreign soils where they would be abused and made to greatly suffer, with no one from our country being able to help them. Read the Bible and see what I mean.

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SANDIGAN NOT BOUND BY NAPOLES AFFIDAVIT: What is going to be the effect of the affidavit which Janet Lim Napoles submitted to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima in connection with the P10 billion pork barrel scam? Procedurally, it should have no effect all on the plunder case that is already filed with the Sandiganbayan. The rule is that, once a case is filed in court, like the Sandiganbayan, it must already be tried on the merits.

Consequently, the Napoles affidavit should not work to stop the Sandiganbayan from continuing with the case, since that case has already been filed by the Ombudsman. The Sandiganbayan’s duty now is to evaluate whether it will proceed or not, but only on the basis of the evidence already submitted to it by the Ombudsman. The Sandiganbayan is not bound by the Napoles affidavit at this point.

In evaluating whether it will proceed with the plunder case or not, the Sandiganbayan must make its own determination of the sufficiency—or the lack of it—of the evidence relied upon by the Ombudsman in filing that case. If it finds the evidence relied upon by the Ombudsman to be sufficient, it can then issue warrants for the arrest of the accused. Otherwise, it can simply dismiss the case outright!

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LEGALIZING FOREIGNERS’ GRIP ON RP ECONOMY: Why should Filipinos be wary that US President Obama will try to sway President Aquino and his government into amending our 1987 Constitution to open up our country to more American and other foreign investments? As of the moment, the entire Philippine economy is already in the grip of foreign businessmen and investors, and amending the Charter for this purpose will only serve to legalize what is already being done.

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WHY WORRY ABOUT INCREASED US MILITARY IN RP? And why worry that American soldiers and military hardware will be coming in greater numbers after the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the US and the Philippines is signed by Obama and Aquino? Are we not allowing American troops and war instruments already in this country? And don’t we need them in the face of the imminent war with China over the Spratlys?

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SLOPPY POLICE OR POLICE WITH GREASED HANDS? Oh! And businessman Cedric Lee, once thought to be invincible and untouchable, is now arrested by the police in connection with the capital offense of serious illegal detention over the Vhong Navarro caper. Good work by the police, but, how about many other accused in equally serious crimes who are still on the loose? Sloppy and lazy police, or police with greased hands and skewered character?

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2014 14:35