Rizal would be crying in pain in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2016 14:55

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 6:34, the Holy Bible).

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RIZAL WOULD BE CRYING IN PAIN IN 2015: This column was written on December 30, 2015, the 119th death anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippine national hero who was famous for his statement that the Filipino youth is the hope of the nation, and I couldn’t help but think how he would react to the law authored by former Sen. Francis Pangilinan which has single-handedly turned the Filipino youth into incorrigible criminals.

I guess Rizal would be crying in pain because Filipino kids are no longer the hope, as he hoped and envisioned them to be, but the curse, of our country. With Pangilinan’s law, Filipino children have become emboldened in committing crimes, because they could no longer be arrested by the authorities.

Just go around, not only in Metro Manila, but even in the countryside. Nobody will ever be able to deny that simple and heinous crimes are now the daily fare of many children, young enough to be still suckling at their mothers’ breasts. The tragedy is that no one, including Pangilinan, can stop them from their criminal ways now, because to even touch them would already amount to a crime.

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OFWs WHO ARE ABROAD CAN FILE ANNULMENT CASES IN RP: I keep receiving questions from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are still working abroad about their capacity to file cases to annul their marriages with their spouses in the Philippines. OFWs are asking: can they already file annulment cases even if they are not in the Philippines?

My answer, based on the Family Code of the Philippines and the Rules of Court, is yes, OFWs who are still abroad and are still out of the Philippines, can still file cases to have their marriages with their spouses in the country annulled. What they should do is to have a lawyer here send them a petition for annulment wherever they maybe.

The petition should then be signed by the OFWs, and then notarized before the