KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Issues on Ram Revilla killing PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:47

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness...” (1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Holy Bible).
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ISSUES ON RAM REVILLA KILLING: Two things are bothering me in the Ramgen Bautista/Ram Revilla killing. The first is the arrest and detention of Ramon Joseph, or RJ, as a mere suspect, and the second is the inability of the government to stop Ramona from leaving for Turkey, despite the existence of a case against her before the prosecutor’s office.

On RJ’s arrest and detention, it is clear that existing rules on warrantless arrests are being violated here---he was not caught in the act committing Ramgen’s killing, he was arrested hours away from the commission of the crime, and he is not a fugitive from justice. So what is the basis for this arrest and detention?

On Ramona’s departure, I am aware of a Department of Justice circular saying that anyone who has a pending criminal case, even if filed before the prosecutor’s office only, could no longer leave the country without the department’s prior permission. Can someone explain these legal points more clearly, please?
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REMOVE PORK BARREL FROM GOV’T OFFICIALS: If Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago really wants to stop government officials from taking credit for the public works projects they are sponsoring in their localities, the real remedy would be to take away the power of these officials to sponsor those projects. In other words, stop giving pork barrel allocations or any other government money to anyone in government for public works projects.

The pork barrel allocations, usually given to senators, congressmen and other local government officials, should instead be channeled to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the DPWH alone should be the one pursuing public works projects in the different areas of the country. That is the legal mandate of the DPWH anyway.
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DIOKNO’S PROPOSAL DANGEROUS: With due respect, I disagree with the point of former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that President Aquino has the power to continue or junk agreements entered into by previous presidents, especially with rebel groups. That is dangerous, and would make the government terribly inutile and ineffective, and even lose credibility nationally and internationally.

Imagine, if Diokno’s proposal is to be upheld, stability of agreements entered into by the Office of the President will be impaired, simply because succeeding presidents can junk those agreements at will. I hope Diokno will try to realize first the impact of what he is trying to propose before making them public.
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BIBLICAL CHARACTERS: Today, I am inspired to start writing about the characters written about in the Bible. Let us start with “God”, because right from the very first stanza of the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, God is already mentioned, and is introduced as a very powerful being. Why?

Because God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and everything in them, including man. Genesis 1:1 of the Bible says: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” To me, this proves beyond doubt the awesome power of God, for there is no one else that has the power to create. Do you believe in God’s power? I do!