KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Arroyo camp deplores railroading PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 December 2011 15:33

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “... for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous god, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me...” (Exodus 20:5, the Holy Bible).
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PASAY JUDGE MUST ANSWER ARROYO RAPS: Pasay City Judge Jesus Mupas must answer accusations by the camp of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo that some kind of a “railroading” took place relative to his order to have the former president detained at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, lest the people’s faith in his impartiality gets shaken.

The accusations center on the claim that while the issue of where to detain Gloria was yet to be tackled on December 01, 2011 during a hearing which Judge Mupas himself called, he nevertheless appears to have already issued, on November 29, 2011, an order directing her transfer and detention at the military hospital.

Gloria’s camp is now insisting, quite understandably, that there appears to be a prejudgment, undue haste, and bad faith in the issuance of the November 29,  2011 order! I hope Judge Mupas can clarify this matter and refute the points raised by Gloria lawyer Jose  Flaminiano in an interview by  DZMM Teleradyo last Thursday, December 01, 2011.
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DOJ RIGHT TO IMPAIR TRAVEL UNCONSTITUTIONAL: With utmost due respect to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, I cannot agree with her proposition that even if there is no law which authorizes the Department of Justice to impair the right to travel, the Department through the secretary can prevent anyone from going abroad simply on the basis of an unconfirmed complaint.

The right to travel is a Constitutional right which the government cannot lightly curtail, except for very meritorious grounds, and only after the affected individual is given the right to defend himself or the opportunity  to speak out.

If we are to uphold De Lima’s position, that would place too much power in the hands of any justice secretary, now and in the future, to oppress and harass people who are known oppositionists or who espouse views contrary to what the government espouses. This is worse than martial law, if you ask me.
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LUISITA STOCK OPTION SCHEME: Some interested readers of ours in this column sent me a document showing the salient features of the Hacienda Luisita stock distribution scheme which will eventually lead to one-third employee ownership of the Hacienda Luisita Inc.

The first feature: shares of stocks to the extent of 33.3% shall be distributed to farmer-beneficiaries or  farm workers for free. Every year, the equivalent of 1/3 of the 118,391,976 shares of Hacienda Luisita Inc. will be distributed free on the basis of number of days worked. In contrast, the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL)  provides that beneficiaries must pay for the stocks given them.

Second feature: Hacienda Luisita Inc. will provide each farmer-beneficiary a home lot of 240 square meters in the barangay where they reside, also for free. All expenses entailed under this exercise, such as surveying, land titling, road building, actual relocation, and so on, shall be paid for by management. CARL does not require free distribution of home lots. More of this next issue.