KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Impeach raps could take ages to resolve PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:16

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Mark 10:43-44, the Holy Bible).

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IMPEACH RAPS COULD TAKE AGES TO RESOLVE: Now that the justice committee of the House of Representatives voted on August 26, 2014 to uphold the three impeachment complaints against President Aquino, what will happen next? Let’s see what the 1987 Constitution says about it.

Article XI, Section 3, in its sub-sections 1 to 8, requires the justice committee to submit to the plenary a report of the voting which upheld the three impeachment complaints. within a period of sixty days. Sixty days from August 26, 2014 would be October 26, 2014. Assuming that the report would be submitted on October 26, 2014, it would then be calendared by the House within 10 session days from receipt thereof.

Once the impeachment complaints reach the plenary, there is no time frame within which congressmen are to finish their deliberations. There is also no deadline within which their votes, whether to endorse the complaints to the Senate for trial or not, would have to be made. Indeed, only God knows how long the House will resolve these complaints. It can take ages, really!

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PNOY MUST INSTILL GOOD MEDIA RELATIONS AMONG HIS MEN: Here are some thoughts from the past: “If I were President Benigno Aquino III, I will be greatly bothered by media’s increasing restlessness with the Malacanang team that has just been installed to help in running the affairs of the nation

“To avert further deterioration of the President’s relationship with the press, he must tell Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, for instance, to go easy as it were on blaming the media as being part of the problems confronting the Aquino administration, conscious as the President and everyone should be of the great help that media gave to project him while he was still `candidate Noynoy’.

“The President should also make it a point to tell all incumbent Cabinet secretaries to be more patient and understanding of media, even if many of its members are at times bellicose and too-insistent on getting the secretaries’ attention, pressured as they are for deadlines to report what is going on in this one week-old administration.” I wrote this on July 05, 2010.

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PNOY & ALLIES MUST STUDY THE BIBLE: The following item, on the other hand, first appeared in this column on July 07, 2010: “Did Malacanang think that giving its Cabinet secretaries a one-day seminar on how to `handle’ media would already be sufficient to enable officials of the Aquino administration to have good relations with those working in newspapers and those in radio and TV? Of course not.

“Having good relations with other people, whether from the media or not, is something that does not come from seminars, much less a one-day seminar. It comes from the natural goodness of the heart, the purposeful righteousness of the mind, and a decidedly-godly upbringing…

“I suggest that what President Benigno Aquino III should now endeavor to do is to give some sort of a `continuing education’ to his secretaries...For starters, all officials of the land, from PNoy down to the lowliest employee of government, must read and re-read the admonition of Jesus Christ, contained in Mark 10:43-44 of the Holy Bible.”

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