Charter changes must take effect after 2022 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 11:59

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 18:18-19, the Holy Bible).

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CHARTER CHANGES MUST TAKE EFFECT AFTER 2022: If the real intention of President Duterte in seeking amendments to the 1987 Constitution is to truly improve the lives of our people through a change of the country’s system of government from the present centralized form, with all authority emanating from the central government in Manila, to a federal system where provinces or regions are treated as separate states, amendments should not be made effective during his six-year term.

Instead, any changes in the Constitution must be voted upon and should take effect only after Duterte’s term shall have ended in 2022. This is to assure supporters and critics alike that what he has in his heart in wanting the Constitution amended is nothing but the welfare of the country and our people, even if, in the process of the amendments, term limits of elected officials are also revised.

This way, even if these term limits are extended, or shortened, or otherwise tinkered with when the Constitution is changed, or amended, or revised, no one will ever think that those amendments were self-serving, or were intended to merely favor politicians and other individuals or groups that are perceived to have a strong influence over the Duterte government.

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ISSUES ON PARENTAL AUTHORITY IF ONE PARENT IS ABSENT: I now wish to resume our discussions here about parental authority, as provided for by the Family Code of the Philippines. Under Art. 212 of the Code, in case of absence or death of the father or the mother, the parent who is present shall continue exercising parental authority.

The remarriage of the surviving parent shall not affect the parental authority of over the children, unless the court appoints another person to be the guardian of the person or property of the children. On the other hand, in case of separation of the parents, parental authority shall be exercised by the parent designated by the court, which shall consider all angles in making this designation.

In case of death, absence, or unsuitability of the parents, substitute parental authority shall be exercised by the surviving grandparent. In case several grandparents survive, the one designated by the court, taking into account all angles, shall exercise the authority. We shall tackle more of this next issue, God willing.

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PRAYING IN THE NAME OF JESUS: The manner by which members of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (or AND KNK, the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church pray, in which they mention, at the beginning and ending of those prayers, the Name of Jesus as the God and the Savior that they pray to, or call on, or in whose Name the prayer or petition is made, is something that was likewise prophesied or even ordered by the Bible.

In Isaiah 41:25, God is quoted there as saying: “…`But I have stirred up a leader who will approach from the north. From the east, one who prays and calls on my name. I will give him victory over kings and princes. He will trample them as a potter treads on clay’…” This particular verse is significant because at the time the prediction here was made, God’s Name as Jesus was not in use yet.

During the time that Jesus, our God and Savior, was on earth, He was specific in His command, that if we wish to ask anything from God, it must be asked in His, Jesus’, Name. See for example Matthew 18:18-19 or John 15:16-17 of the Holy Bible, where Jesus said that when we ask anything, we should ask it in His Name, and it shall be given to us. There are more to this, in our next issue, God willing!

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