1987 Charter allows ‘state of lawlessness’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2016 12:04

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’…” (Jeremiah 33:2-3, the Holy Bible).

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WHY ARE DISTRICT 3810 ROTARIANS THE ONLY ONES ATTENDING ALAY LAKAD? Can someone please explain to me why, in the annual Alay Lakad project which is now on its 44th year, only Rotarians from District 3810 of Rotary International are participating?

Or, am I mistaken in this belief? If there were other Rotarians in the project whose 2016 edition took place on Sunday, September 04, 2016, can you please correct my misimpression, or can you please explain your non-participation?

Anyway, I am congratulating District 3810 Gov. Ernest Yuyek and spouse Ana for leading Rotarians from Manila, Pasay, Cavite, and Occidental Mindoro in last Sunday’s walk, certainly one of the most well-attended affair among Rotarians and among the annual participants of the project. Mabuhay!!!

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1987 CHARTER ALLOWS “STATE OF LAWLESSNESS”: Just to put the declaration made by President Duterte of a “state of lawlessness” in the country in the aftermath of the deadly September 02, 2016 Davao City bombing in its proper perspective, it must be pointed out right away that the President has the requisite power to make such a declaration.

Under Section 18, Art. VII of the 1987 Constitution, it is the right of the President to determine whether, in the light of events or occurrences, the country is under a state of lawlessness and, as a consequence, to call out the armed forces—the police and the military and other government agencies authorized to bear arms—to deal with such lawlessness.

It is the president’s sole prerogative to make that declaration. The power given to him by the Constitution is so broad and encompassing that no one is virtually allowed to contest his decision. He need not even declare martial law, or suspend the right of citizens not to be arrested without a warrant. Once he believes violence has escalated so much, he can already order all armed personnel of the government to respond!

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QUESTIONS ABOUT RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY WELCOME HERE: I am flattered no end that some readers of this column—whether in its printed, English or Filipino versions, or whether in its online form—are starting to ask me about spiritual and religious issues pertaining to their spiritual beliefs or groupings. Side by side with my answering questions on legal issues, I am happy that people are now consulting me even on matters of spirituality.

Indeed, there is a great blessing in responding to questions about matters of faith, and exchanging views with other believers through this column. Not only am I given the opportunity to expound on some sensitive issues on the Bible, but, more important to me, is the opportunity to explain the Biblical bases of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (or AND KNK, or Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church which I am privileged to lead at this point as its leader disciple.

I am therefore encouraging those who have questions about the Bible and about their religious affiliations or inclinations to continue sending in their questions, or to call me at the numbers I have written below this column. Answering them is part of the mission of the AND KNK to comply with the directives that Jesus, our God and Savior, gave in Matthew 28:19-20.

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