KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Hostage-taking in NLEX & injustice PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:24

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…maintain justice in the courts…” (Amos 5:15, the Holy Bible).

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UNITED STATES OF THE PHILIPPINES, ANYONE? I didn’t know that there is a political party in the Philippines that is calling itself “Socialist Party”, until fellow newsman Junex Doronio, now based in Cebu Province, sent a press release about the party calling for an amendment of the 1987 Constitution to establish the “United States of the Philippines” under a federal parliamentary government.

The release by Junex is interesting, so I am quoting portions of it here today: “In  its bid to spur development and alleviate poverty, the Socialist Party (or SP, is seeking) charter change to effect the establishment of the United States of the Philippines under a federal parliamentary government.

“SP issued its statement following news reports on the snail-paced rehabilitation of the calamity-stricken areas in Cebu and Bohol. SP stressed the need to strengthen the multiparty system and to shift from presidential to parliamentary in order to speed up the passage of laws. It also envisions the formation of 13 states that include the Spratly Islands and Sabah…”

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DE LIMA IS GOOD AS POLL CHIEF, BUT…: Justice Secretary Leila De Lima is going to be a very good choice for the chairmanship of the Commission on Elections once its present chairman finishes his term in 2015, but then, the matter of an honest and orderly election in this country does not really depend on who heads the poll body.

Whether we admit it or not, there is always a lingering doubt that anyone designated as chairman of the Comelec will always work to uphold the interest of whoever appointed him or her, even if this would mean subverting the will of the Filipino electorates. The scandal rocking the use of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in 2010 and in 2013 gives us a hint about this matter.

What the Filipino people must really work for now, to assure an honest and credible election in 2016, is the junking of the judicially-discredited PCOS machines, and the use of an automated election system that would ensure the faithful recording of the votes, and then its truthful counting and canvass later, lest we be headed by another set of PCOS-installed leaders.

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NLEX HOSTAGE-TAKING & INJUSTICE: Did you notice the reports about the man who held hostage a Tuguegarao City-Cubao bus Monday, October 20, 2014, at the North Luzon Expressway? They all said that the man carried out the hostage-taking because he was framed up by policemen to answer for a crime he did not commit. In short, he held hostage the 13 passengers of the bus because he felt that he was framed up and was not given justice in a case.

Now, how many Filipinos have complained about being framed up and victimized by law enforcement, prosecutorial, and other officials, scheming and conspiring with the rich and the mighty, and were made to face court cases even if the charges against them were merely fabricated? In my work as a free legal aid lawyer, I have seen countless numbers of them. Each one is raring to become a real criminal just to disprove the trumped-up charges against them.

I am not justifying the act of the NLEX hostage-taker here. But, it is wrong to assume that simply because he has already been arrested and detained for this act, that would be the end of the matter. No, as long as justice is not dispensed evenly, and the rich and the mighty appear to be favored over the poor and the destitute, there will be more hostage-taking incidents in the days to come. As the Bible said, we must maintain justice in the courts.

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