Kidnapping of kids now a national epidemic? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2016 14:56

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.  It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin…” (Eclessiastes 5:4-6, the Holy Bible).

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KIDNAPPING OF CHILDREN NOW A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC? There is a Facebook post that is being shared and re-shared by many in just a short span of time, and it pertains to an alleged kidnapping of a four-year old boy who went inside a comfort room of a popular supermarket in Makati City by himself and was never seen again by his parents, until a friend of the parents recovered the boy, heavily doped, already dressed as a girl and sporting a new haircut, from a young kidnapper.

My first reaction was, is this kidnapping story even true? Did it really happen, and  inside the popular supermarket yet which, at the time of the supposed abduction, was even teeming with customers and people who were simply whiling their time away, and in the presence yet of the supermarket’s heavily armed security guards?

If this story was a hoax, how come many respectable people were sharing it in their Facebook accounts? If it was on the other hand accurate, does this mean that this country, and this nation of about 80 million or so Christian believers or followers, have sunk really low in criminality and immorality that kidnapping has become a perfected art even among so many people, under a government that claims it has restored righteousness?

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INABILITY TO HAVE SEX NULLIFIES A MARRIAGE: Physical impotency, or a physical disability which prevents a husband or a wife from permanently performing the sexual act, is a ground to invalidate a marriage. This is provided for by Art. 45 (5) of the Family Code of the Philippines. But, the Supreme Court has clarified in a number of cases, the inability to copulate must be permanent in nature.

Art. 45 (5) of the Family Code says:  “A marriage may be annulled for any of the following causes, existing at the time of the marriage… (5) That either party was physically incapable of consummating the marriage with the other, and such incapacity continues and appears to be incurable…”

If the inability to perform sexual intercourse applies only to the husband or the wife and not to other sexual partners, this cannot be a basis for invalidating a marriage. Art. 45 (5) refers to the lack of power to copulate, which in turn means a permanent inability on the part of the spouses to perform the complete act of sexual intercourse owing to physical and mental causes.

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AN UNFULFILLED VOW BRINGS GOD’S CURSES: The propensity of many men and women to make a vow to do or to give something while they are asking something from God is an accepted human trait. Yet, it is undeniable that after the plea or request for something to be done or something to be given to the person has been favorably granted, the vows become easily forgotten.

But did you know that this forgetfulness, or failure or refusal to fulfill the vow or the promise that we gave when we were asking for something from God, brings a curse to us because it provokes God’s anger? We have been told that if we make a vow to God, we must hurry to fulfill that vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.

God considers those who make a vow but don’t fulfill them as fools, worthy of punishment, not only in this life but even in the life hereafter. For example, people who vowed to work for God, by preaching His Word and saving souls as children of God, but  turned around and no longer did anything to help spread His Word and to save souls, will be meted the penalty of a sinner, which is death.

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