KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: PCSO unpaid taxes; PNP & Malampaya Funds PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 September 2011 15:04

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children…” (Ephesians 5:1, the Holy Bible).
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PCSO NOT PAYING TAXES CONSTITUTES GRAFT: If anything at all, the supposed unpaid internal revenue taxes of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) amounting to P5 billion more or less for 2007-2009 is an act that could be considered “causing undue injury” to the government, and, at the very least, is a violation of Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Charges should be filed over this ASAP!
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PNP MUST ACCOUNT FOR MALAMPAYA FUNDS: Why should the Philippine National Police (PNP) receive some P2.29 billion in government funds coming from the Malampaya oil revenues just a year before the May 2010 elections? The official reason was: the PNP needed the huge sum for its “disaster preparedness” in 2009. Fine. Now, let the PNP account where this P2.29 billion went. Otherwise, sue PNP officials then with plunder and graft.
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CEBU PNP COULD ARREST W/O WARRANT? Something stinks with the police arrest, in Carmen, Cebu, of a family of four who are being accused of illegal recruitment who allegedly promised non-existent London jobs to 23 people. There appears to be no warrant of arrest coming from any court. Two of those arrested only went to the police station to assist their arrested relatives.

So, what was the basis of the Cebu PNP in effecting the arrests? If Interior and Local Government Secretary and PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome want to stop police abuses, they should look into this matter. Policemen everywhere have been used to arresting anyone they fancy even without arrest warrants. This must stop.
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LEGAL ISSUE RE: GARCIA CASE: There is an interesting legal issue on the recent arrest and detention of Maj. Gen. Carlos F. Garcia, former comptroller of the Armed Forces of the Philippines: can President Aquino’s government still enforce a court martial decision even after the lapse of the three year-limitation on prosecuting erring military officers?

One group of lawyers is saying the court martial decision against Garcia, which convicted of him of corruption and sentenced him to two years or hard labor, already prescribed because three years already lapsed from the commission of the crime without that decision having been enforced.

Government lawyers are saying on the other hand the Aquino administration cannot be faulted for the delay because it was former President Arroyo who sat on the conviction of Garcia. My take? “Dura lex, sed lex”. The law maybe harsh but it is still the law, which means, it maybe unjust to allow Garcia to go scot-free because of prescription, but that is the law.
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GOD’S CURSES, PART VIII: Here are additional curses from God, promised by Him to a people who no longer listen to Him and who no longer obey His commands: “… All these curses will come on you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you.

“They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever. Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you…”