KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Sen. Angara battles food poisoning in RP PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 November 2011 13:52

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go…” (Josuah 1:9, the Holy Bible)
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SC TO RESOLVE GMA TRAVEL ROW: Both Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and former Justice Minister Estelito Mendoza stand on solid Constitutional grounds on their contrasting positions on the issue of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo being allowed to travel abroad to seek medical help for her illness. It is now the Supreme Court which will finally settle this issue.

Which is as it should be, for the Court remains to be the final arbiter of conflicting legal positions. I just hope that the tribunal would take this occasion to rule on the power of the Department of Justice and the executive branch of the government to prevent anyone from leaving the Philippines even if a criminal case is pending only in the prosecutor’s office.

As it is, there is an existing DOJ circular which prevents a person who has been sued in a criminal case before the different prosecutors’ offices nationwide from leaving. The legality of this circular must be tested, as it is a direct violation of the Supreme Court’s own circular which says only the Regional Trial Courts can issue hold departure orders.
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ANGARA BATTLES FOOD POISONING IN RP: Here is a very important piece of news from the Senate: Senator Edgardo J. Angara is urging Congress to pass his proposed Food Safety Act as the country continues to lack a comprehensive food safety regulatory framework.

Citing the increasing scarcity of food and the necessity of improved food regulation, Angara lamented the growing number of food poisoning cases reported in the Philippines during the past several years.

“In Bohol, 27 schoolchildren died and more than a hundred fell ill for eating kamoteng kahoy. And just recently, two died and 40 became ill in Tugegarao City; 400 teachers were rushed to a hospital in Batangas for food poisoning; and so were another 200 schoolchildren in Bulacan,” Angara said at the Philippine Food Safety Conference 2011 held recently.

Indeed, Senator Angara is right. His Food Safety Act must now be signed into law, as food poisoning from various sources has become a major health hazard in the Philippines, killing and injuring many Filipinos, largely because there is no law on the matter.
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BIBLICAL CHARACTERS, II: The two other Biblical characters that are introduced right at the first few passages of the Bible are Adam and Eve. They represent the first humans created by God, and it is clear that God’s love for man is immediately evident and manifested in Adam and Eve, because, unlike other creations, Adam and Eve were created in the very image of God.

Thus: “… Then God said, `Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness’... So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them…” (Genesis 1: 26, 27, the Holy Bible).