KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Bribery of lawmakers to pass BBL? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:37

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the innocent’...” (Exodus 23:8, the Holy Bible).

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FRAUD IN THE COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT ON BANGSAMORO? So, what other falsities attended the negotiations and the ultimate signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), similar to the use of the fake name “Mohagher Iqbal” by the chief negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)?

And with these falsities and fraudulent acts, can the Filipino people still trust not only the MILF but even the Aquino government itself in their claims that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will be for the best interest of the country and our people?

Fact is, both the Revised Penal Code (under its Article 178) and Commonwealth Act 142 prohibit and penalize any individual who publicly uses a name that is not his real name. So, how come the Aquino government, through its negotiators Miriam Coronel Ferrer and Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles, proceeded to negotiate with someone who has been publicly violating the laws of the Republic of the Philippines?

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COURT OF APPEALS HAVE POWER OF JUDICIAL REVIEW OVER OMBUDSMAN: To those who have been denigrating the Court of Appeals’ temporary restraining order stopping the suspension of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Junjun Binay allegedly because no court has the power to restrain the Ombudsman, they are ignoring, for their own purposes, the fact that the Court of Appeals, like any other court, has the power of judicial review, as provided by the 1987 Cory Aquino Constitution.

While Republic Act 6770, or the Ombudsman Act, indeed contains an admonition against courts issuing restraining orders or injunctions against the Ombudsman, yet the Constitution which is the highest law of the land and which Republic Act 6770 cannot overcome or set aside, gives a blanket authority for the courts to review all acts of all government agencies, including the Ombudsman.

Indeed, because Republic Act 6770 contravenes the Constitution, such a republic act must not be given any effect at all. This means that the Court of Appeals was within its power to stop the Ombudsman in enforcing any of its orders, and the only recourse the Ombudsman could have, if it wants to contest the decisions of the Court of Appeals, is for it, the Ombudsman, to sue the appellate court before the Supreme Court!

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BRIBERY OF LAWMAKERS TO PASS BBL? I have been receiving text messages which warn of another wholesale bribery of our senators and congressmen just to compel (or, perhaps, entice) them to vote in favor of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. I tried to ignore these text messages, but it would seem that it is no longer just me who is receiving them, but many other people as well.

The messages are saying that a top private contractor from Mindanao whose name is being mentioned in the same messages will be the conduit of the money, allegedly coming from Malaysia. This contractor is alleged to be a powerful member of a big Mindanao organization.

It is also said that each senator voting in favor of the BBL will receive some P200 million in cash, while each congressmen voting in favor of the proposed law will received some P50 million. The messages usually are capped with the words “Please pass, this is very dangerous. Pray for the Philippines!”

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