So you think you know Latin

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:

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I’m not a lawyer, but this is what I think about the DAP controversy

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.

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Read for yourself the actual motion for reconsideration on DAP

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.

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Law dean wonders whether the Supreme Court defined “savings” the way Filipinos understood it when they ratified the Constitution

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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.

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Justice official turns “cyber-bullying” into a criminal offense without Congress’ approval

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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...

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A License To Snoop: Why the Cybercrime Law is not the answer to child cyber porn

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.

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Manila’s Murderous, Mysterious Bus Companies

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?

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Did you know misrepresenting the source of relief goods is a crime?

Punishable by six to 12 years imprisonment By Raïssa Robles Fr. Chito Damaranan of the Salesian Society of Don Bosco is angry. He wrote today on his Facebook page: “There are unscrupulous government people who slow down the pace of relief distribution for they are repacking the goods, by stripping away all signs that they came from foreign donors and […]

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