KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Greatest casualty in the Arroyo snafu PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011 13:52

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight....” (Psalm 119:143, the Holy Bible).
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GREATEST CASUALTY OF ALL IN THE ARROYO SNAFU: The greatest casualty of all in the failure of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and husband Mike to leave for abroad last Tuesday despite a Supreme Court order that allowed them to travel in the face of an earlier ban from the Aquino government is the people’s faith not only in the judiciary but in the entire rule of law.

What Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, the Bureau of Immigration, and the entire Aquino government actually showed, in their refusal to obey the Supreme Court order on the excuse that they will still appeal that order, was that even the Supreme Court could be disobeyed now, that the high tribunal’s order can be set aside by a co-equal branch of government.

There is a chilling truth in what an Arroyo lawyer said after Gloria and Mike were held at the immigration holding room at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport: if the Aquino government can disregard the Supreme Court, what else can it not disregard?
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IS IT ALRIGHT TO DISREGARD THE SC? I am no Gloria Arroyo fan. And neither am I in any way an admirer of Mike Arroyo. Unlike many Filipino lawyers and mediamen during Gloria’s nine years of presidency, I did not profit from them, even by just one centavo. I did not ask any favor from them, I did not get anything from them, so I have no reason to be defending them.

But then, this issue really has risen beyond the Arroyos. It has become a cause célèbre of sorts for people who believe that when the Supreme Court already ruled on the matter, the Aquino government should have complied with its ruling no matter how great its objections maybe to the Supreme Court order.

As it is, the Aquino government has shown to all and sundry that it is alright to fight the government, that it is alright to disregard the Supreme Court, that it is alright to disobey the law.

If Secretary Leila de Lima thinks this will bring good to the country, she is gravely mistaken, for she and her government have just shown that anarchy and disregard of the law is allowed here and now, that fighting the government is not such a bad thing to do, after all.
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BIBLE BANS FIGHTING AUTHORITIES: This is even anti-Biblical, as I have been saying all along. Any form of disrespect or disobedience and opposition to rulers and administrators is abhorred by the Bible in its many provisions and are treated as sins meriting punishment. We can find these passages in Romans 13:1-2, Titus 3:1 and 1 Peter 2:13-14.

Here is Romans 13:1-2: “… Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves…”