Things got even more interesting. Bayan Muna Congressman Neri Colmentares is standing his ground that Section 10 of the draft People's Initiative law is constitutional. Earlier, I wrote a piece asking - Is the draft law being pushed through a People’s Initiative unconstitutional? Former Congressman Teddy Casino posted the following on his blog: In the interest of clarifying concerns regarding the constitutionality of the proposed PI bill abolishing the pork barrel system, I’m posting Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares’ memo on the controversial Section 10 of the said bill.
Analysis by Raïssa Robles -- Is the Scrap Pork Network behind the People's Initiative promising something that might get shot down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in the end? Something even Congress can easily overturn? Why didn't any official in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines see the potential constitutional defects and suggest amendments to the draft law entitled "An Act abolishing the presidential and congressional pork barrel system, strengthening the system of checks and balances over public funds, prohibiting certain acts, and providing penalties therefore?"
One of the things that has come out of this debate over the DAP controversy is the resurrection of a dead language called Latin. There was a time in Manila that Latin was de regueur among the youth. If you didn't know any Latin you would not count. Today, only lawyers, doctors and priests have preserved this language that even Italians no longer speak, unless they attend a Messa in Latino in one of those tiny churches in Italy attended by old women. My hubby Alan, who speaks three languages, decided to delve into Latin and he made a surprising discovery. Latin, although long dead and long buried, is still evolving. Especially in the legal field. And so he decided to write about his findings:
This is what I'm going to say in today's public forum on the controversial Disbursement Acceleration program, held today at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG) UP Assembly Hall. - By Raïssa Robles - I'm not a lawyer. I'm not yellow, nor red, nor peach. I’m a long-time observer and reporter on how our three branches of government work. I base my conclusions on my own findings. And I’m a citizen of this Republic. My pieces on the Supreme Court ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP have been interpreted by some as a desecration of the 1987 Constitution. A gross misrepresentation of the separation of powers, which is the very essence of our democracy, and a denigration of the congressional power of the purse. Law students and lawyers, in particular, have been quite virulent in their attacks of me. Shocked but at the same time curious, I decided to find out why.
By Raïssa Robles - I asked the Office of the Solicitor General for a copy of the Motion for Reconsideration (MR) on the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP. Other reporters were earlier given the same documents. I have decided to upload these documents so that you can directly read them and make your own conclusions. The MR consists of the actual 52-page petition and five annexes.
Exclusive by Raïssa Robles - ABS-CBN's Doris Bigornia had a very insightful news report following President Benigno Aquino's combative speech last Monday. Doris covered the President's speech live in Tayuman Street, Tondo, Manila. When it was over, she asked what the residents thought of it. Few said they understood the controversy over the Disbursement Acceleration Program which the government insists has helped the nation's economy grow. The first woman whom Doris interviewed had a mouthful to say.
Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Cyber-bullying was never mentioned in the Cybercrime Prevention Law or Republic Act No. 10175 that the Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional. And yet the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) that Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy released to the media not only adds a new section on cyber-bullying...
To combat cyber porn using children, the government is vigorously pushing for the Supreme Court to unfreeze the Cybercrime Law (Republic Act 10175) and allow it to take effect....I cannot stress enough the dangers of the Cybercrime Law. Its atrocious lack of safeguards can easily enable rogue cops and government officials to commit crimes of extortion and blackmail using the digital highway.
Killer buses like those of Don Mariano Transit have terrorized Metro Manilans for years, yet government seems to be helpless. How many people must a bus company kill before its franchise is revoked?