Congress ready to oppose suspension of Writ of Habeas Corpus if unconstitutional
by admin | Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016
Some congressmen do not believe that suspension of Habeas Corpus may pave the way for the declaration of martial law.
According to lawmakers, this is the privilege of the president given by the Constitution. But Congress may scrutinize and even retract the said action.
“If the president exercises such powers, it is the job of the president to justify to Congress if it is really called for and Congress will, without any need, will come into session to discuss specifically that call as part of the check and balance of our Constitution,” PBA partylist representative Jericho Nograles explained.
For Ako-Bicol partylist representative Rodel Batocabe, suspension of Habeas Corpus can only be used in two instances – invasion and rebellion. And it cannot be used in crimes.
“He will give a letter to give reasons or the basis for the suspension. Then, we will have to convene so that we can go over the declaration of the president. We can agree or disagree and when we agree we can even extend,” said Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel.
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Department of Justice called on the public not to worry over the statement of the president on a possible suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus.
AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla assured that if ever the declaration will be released, the Armed Forces will respect the right and welfare of the people.
“If he will declare, he wants something but expressing in hyberbole. Just making the issue bigger but in reality unless his hands is forced to declare such suspension, he will not do it. It needs to be in place,” said DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.
The Writ of Habeas Corpus gives an individual the right to contest in court his or her arrest and detention.
It serves also as protection of an individual on their freedom against government arbitrary action.
According to the Constitution, the president has the privilege to suspend it if there are cases of invasion or rebellion. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
Panelo did not provide any detail on the topics that Duterte might discuss in his speech but the President earlier said he would use SONA to ‘educate’ the public on the constitutionality of his decision to allow Chinese fishermen to trawl in the Philippine waters.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law establishing the Office for Social Welfare Attaché to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFW), especially those who have fallen prey to illegal recruiters.
Duterte signed the Republic Act 11299 on April 17, a copy of which was made public on Monday (July 15).
The newly-signed law amended the Republic Act 8402 or the Migrant Workers Overseas Filipino Act of 1995 to include the said office.
It mandates the Office for Social Welfare Attaché (SWA) to deploy personnel to countries with large concentration of Filipino workers, as determined in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Under the measure, a social welfare attaché’s duty includes management of cases of Filipino workers in distress, such as victims of trafficking or illegal recruitment, rape or sexual abuse, maltreatment and other forms of physical or mental abuse, and case of abandoned or neglected children;
SWAs are also mandated to undertake survey and prepare social welfare situationer on the OFWs in their areas of assignment; establish a network with overseas-based social welfare agencies or individuals which may be mobilized to assist in the provision of appropriate services.
They should also respond to and monitor the resolution of problems and complaints or queries of Filipino workers and their families; establish and maintain a data bank and documentation of OFWs and their families to provide effective social welfare services; submit regular reports on plans and activities undertaken, recommendations and updates on the situation of OFWs.
The law states that the budget for the Department of Social Welfare and Development while the DFA, DOLE, the Department of Health and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration are tasked to craft the measure’s implementing rules and regulations within 60 days after the effectivity of this act.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the bill imposing a 20 percent fare discount for students on all modes of public transportation.
Duterte signed Republic Act 11314 or the Student Fare Discount Act on April 17 but was only made public on Monday (July 15).
Under the law, a 20 percent discount for domestic regular fares of all kinds of public transportation shall be provided to students during the entire time they are enrolled in elementary, secondary, technical-vocational or higher education institution.
The law covers public utility buses, jeepneys, taxis and similar vehicles-for-hire, tricycles, passenger trains, aircrafts and marine vessels.
Student fare discount was only previously available for land transportation.
To avail the discount, the student should present his duly-issued school identification card or current validated enrollment form supported by the prescribed government-issued identification document.
The measure, however, does not apply to school service, shuttle service, tourist and any similar service covered by contract agreement and with valid franchise or permit from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The law also does not cover individuals enrolled in dancing, swimming or driving schools and other informal short courses of seminar type and post-graduate studies.
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