Is fighting drugs in RP an impossible dream? PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 January 2016 11:42

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… However, if you no longer listen to the LORD your and no longer obey His commands… The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind…” (Deuteronomy 28:15, 28, the Holy Bible).

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ISSUES ON PNOY’s TRAVELS AFTER STEPPING DOWN: Was President Aquino speaking his subconscious mind when, in an interview with reporters on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, he disclosed that he was all set to travel not only to different places in the Philippines but also to other areas in the world, especially in countries comprising the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), after his term ends?

Sure, Aquino has the right to travel, as every other Filipino does. But, considering the volume of criminal and civil cases that are expected to be filed against him in connection with his supposed crimes under his presidency, this right to travel will surely be restricted and even barred, if and when he gets charged with non-bailable cases  like plunder.

Now, the interesting point to ponder on is this: surely, it will take a little more time after Aquino steps down from power before the non-bailable cases against him can reach the courts, so that in interim, he can really leave the country and go abroad. If, while abroad, he gets charged and is issued a non-bailable warrant, can he be compelled to come back to be incarcerated?

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THE RIGHT TO TRAVEL UNDER THE CONSTITUTION: The right to travel of a person accused of a crime can be curtailed or altogether stopped by the courts, according to the Supreme Court in the 1986 case of “Manotoc vs. Court of Appeals”, through then Associate (and later Chief) Justice Marcelo Fernando. “A court has the power to prohibit a person admitted to bail from leaving the Philippines,” the court said.

The tribunal explained that this power of the courts is a necessary consequence of the nature and function of a bail bond. “Indeed, if the accused were allowed to leave the Philippines without sufficient reason, he maybe placed beyond the reach of the courts,” the Supreme Court added.

While, indeed, a person has the right, guaranteed by the Constitution, to travel, the tribunal said this is not an absolute right, because the same Constitution provides that the “liberty of abode and travel shall not be impaired except upon lawful order of the court, or when necessary in the interest of national security, public safety, or health.”

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FIGHTING ILLEGAL DRUGS IN RP AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM? The public has a right to know the truth, I am sure of that, as to whether or not Philippine Marines Col. Ferdinand Marcelino really is an aide of Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and directly reports to President Aquino himself. The truth shall set us free and would explain why Marcelino was arrested in a house where some P300 million shabu was found by the police.

On the other hand, did you know that there was a prediction that shabu and other illegal drugs would proliferate to the extent that people using them would become insane and mentally deranged? The prediction said that people will be afflicted with madness and confusion of mind, once they will no longer listen to, and obey, God.

The only way, therefore, to fight the proliferation and use of shabu and other illegal drugs is to find a way to make our people, particularly and more importantly the Filipino youth, to listen to, and obey, God. Side by side with police and military assaults on drug pushers, right thinking Filipinos should devise ways to entice our citizenry and the youth to study the Bible and pray to God regularly. This is the way to vanquishing the drugs problem.

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