Divorce in RP: who should we blame? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 11:58

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`I hate divorce,’ says the Lord God of Israel…” (Malachi 2:16, the Holy Bible).

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MORE INEFFICIENCIES AT SCTEX AND NLEX: Okay, here is another inefficiency at the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (or SCTEX) which, if not immediately addressed, would surely cause miles and miles of vehicles painfully queueing up just to get out of the highway: only one teller is now being assigned to receive toll fees from motorists, so that it is taking a long, long time before any payment is actually effected by outgoing vehicles.

I myself went through this sorry experience, together with my wife and my daughter, as dusk was settling fast last Saturday, February 17, 2018. We came from Paniqui, Tarlac, and we were all craving for pizza from a hotel inside the Clark Freeport Zone as we drove through SCTEX.  We were literally salivating for the pizza that is ultra-thin, and is actually eaten after wrapping in it leaves and growing root plants, and then sprinkled with lots of hot chili sauce.

As I was the driver, I decided to exit SCTEX through its Clark South gate. We were dismayed because we got stuck for more than 45 minutes on the road, first on the side going to Subic Bay, and then on the lane towards the lone both to pay our toll fee. Well, this phenomenon of long queues can also be seen at the San Fernando, Pampanga exit and at the Hacienda Luisita, San Miguel, Tarlac exit at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). A traffic mayhem surely awaits motorists going to the North for the Holy Week, if this is not remedied!

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WHO WILL ASSURE CUSTOMERS THAT BUSINESSMEN WOULD BE TRUE TO THEIR PROMISES? People must exercise more care and prudence when eating in restaurants nowadays, lest they too will experience what I went through inside a fast food chain standing on the side of the road from the Coastal Road, near the Aguinaldo Highway in Bacoor City, which is even named after a popular American folk singer who I think was here just a couple of weeks ago.

I was enticed to order the restaurant’s soup and salad, principally because they looked good in the menu—they were in reasonably large containers, and thoroughly tempting to the eyes, at a price highly affordable, which is P120.00 for the two of them. When the service crew heard that I ordering the soup and the salad in their menu, she suddenly came to me and hastened to tell me that what I would be given, if I ordered the pair, would be far less than what appeared in the menu.

She said I might be dismayed if what I expected to be given to me would not be the same as the ones pictured in their menu. Because of that, I no longer ordered the soup and the salad, and asked for other items instead. Oh well! Is there a government agency that assures that what businessmen are displaying in their menus or are claiming in their advertisements are the same things that buyers will get?

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WHO SHOULD WE BLAME FOR THE FORTHCOMING DIVORFE LAW IN RP? To those who are opposing the institutionalization of divorce in the country in the near future, the ones they must blame for this is President Corazon Aquino and her legal advisers for the years 1987-1988. The reason is that, they maneuvered even then to establish a law that would set aside marriages in the Philippines, in a way that was far more prejudicial than an ordinary divorce.

When Cory solely held all the powers of government after she installed a revolutionary government and enacted a “Freedom Constitution”—making her the absolute dictator of everything in the country then—she came out with what she called then as the Family Code. Under this law, marriages can be annulled in the country, simply on account of the so-called psychological incapacity of the spouses to discharge their marital obligations.

The Cory-decreed annulment of marriages was worse than divorces in other countries, because her law allowing marriages to be set aside took effect from the date of the marriage itself, so that it was as if there was no marriage that ever took place at all. In divorces abroad, particularly in America, their effect would only start from the date of their issuance by the courts. Indeed, evil has been in control among many of us even then, even those who styled themselves as icon of democracy!

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!