Throwback 2011: RA 9344: work of unthinking officials PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 13:59

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord…” (Ephesians 6:4, the Holy Bible).

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RA 9344: WORK OF UNTHINKING LAWMAKERS AND PRESIDENT: This column first came out on September 14, 2011: “Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice Law, is one example of a law that was enacted by our congressmen, senators and the president who signed it, without any one of them really thinking about what they were doing, or what the impact would be of the law they were crafting or signing.

“In short, this is a law that was born out of the sheer stupidity and criminal carelessness of our political leaders, who got paid their salaries just the same through our taxes even if what they did turned many Filipino children 15 years old and below into hardcore criminals.

“There ought to be a law which will require the immediate hanging—politically, that is—of lawmakers and other government officials who will commit the same blunder of doing something, in the guise of performing their official duties and responsibilities, that will prove to be harmful and prejudicial to the nation and our people, especially the youth.

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SUSPENSION OF RA 9344 THROUGH MERE RESOLUTION ILLEGAL: “And then again, with due respect to Sen. Francis Escudero of the Senate Committee on Justice, it would seem to me that what our senators and congressmen are trying to do to suspend Republic Act 9344 `in the nature of a temporary relief’ is yet another `juvenile unthinking response’ to an emerging crisis.

“The question is, can the House of Representatives and the Senate suspend the implementation of a law just by their passing of a joint resolution? Can a mere resolution of Congress stop the implementation of a duly-enacted law?

“Any freshman law student will tell you that such a resolution is even illegal and could pose a dangerous example in the future, because only a repeal or an amendment which passed through the legislative mill and then signed by the President can suspend or stop the implementation of an existing law.

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GOD’S CURSES, PART IV: “More of God’s curses to a people who no longer listen to His Word and who no longer obey His commands, coming from Deuteronomy 28:15 to 68 of the Holy Bible: `… At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.

“ `You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit.

“ `Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them…”

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