When the senators had to defend the language of their law...grrr!

Philippines
August 12, 2010 9:55pm CST
Can one imagine how much we are paying the legislators so they could come up with laws good enough just to appease the burden we Filipinos had been bearing all our lives? Well, the Bureau of Internal Revenue is about to impose taxes on the toll fees collected at the express ways. And the senators, specifically Recto, the father of E-VAT, are saying the BIR cannot do that because a toll fee is already the tax. Is it? But anyway, the BIR would not have come up with such grandiose obscenity if the proponents of this law made the language clear. Now we had to pay Recto and Enrile again for another verbal show. Footnote to Pangilinan: The children of the poor had turned criminals because of his law on minors. The law is totally in conflict with human rights. Four years had been long enough to see the result of this erroneous law.
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• Philippines
13 Aug 10
unfortunately, that is what they are Paid for..to talk, to argue, but supposedly the most important part; "to pass a law that would be beneficial" to the people. too bad on most occasion, they just want to keep arguing.i believe gordon made a mistake too when he created a law that supposed to protect children or given amnesty which has now been an advantage for masterminds to USE children to do crimes. if only some Pinoy businessman would be kind enough to buy those toll fee ticket booths and the roads so that this increases won't continue. some day, people would only have no choice but not to use big roads or..simply walk/ride on the fields.
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
If it is any consolation to you knight, it was Pangilinan who authored the Law on Minors in 2006. I am with you in condemning such a law. The children did get away with thievery, rape, murder, and all our justice system could do is to incarcerate them for a while. Then they can go scott free.
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
i wonder, if such Law can be undone or change for that matter.
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• Philippines
13 Aug 10
Any law can be changed, amended or rescinded. Any lawmaker can anytime pass a bill to rescind a law which he believes is erroneous. He may change the whole law or amend some of its provisions. Now that you have talked about it, are our laws not yet enough? There are already so many laws. What we lack is the right implementation.
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@oplopez81 (158)
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
Yes. This is very true. Makes you wonder how much are we paying for all these useless bickerings at the senate and house of representatives. In my previous job, I had the opportunity to lead a small staff in drafting a law for the armed forces. During public sessions where we required to attend, there were so much talk and debate of petty, nonsense issues. Only a few participate and many committe members are absent. Those who are present are just there to provide quorum. What a pity! They try to project to the public that they are smart but even grade school pupils can easily rebut their stand on the issues presented. Well, laws should be written in a way that it will be easily understood, direct to the point and no double meanings. Sometimes they enact a bill hapahazardly just so it can be part of statistics again... the more laws passed, the better! Sus! Anyway, if you really want to understand a law, you can go to the Congress library and research on the minutes of all the discussions made. In that way, you can understand clearly the real intentions of that particular law.
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• Philippines
13 Aug 10
oplopez, that is a good idea. Perhaps I should take time to make a personal field trip for a change. And the Library of Congress is a good place to poke and peruse. My problem is I do not know where that is. Please advise. Tnx.
• Philippines
14 Aug 10
Each house of congress has its own library, the Senate in Pasay and the House of Reps in Batasan, QC. :-))
@romzz05 (573)
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
Laws are open to interpretation so its really hard especially with tons of lawyer willing to find something wrong with it. Its almost impossible not to see any loophole unless they really cover every details which is also impossible. The only thing to do really is let the Supreme Court decide or let the CHA CHA begin.
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• Philippines
13 Aug 10
A good law must be definitive enough for every one to understand. The job of the lawyers is to make the law work so that our society can live peacefully. Philippine lawyers however had turned lawyering into big business for self serving financial gain. Lawyers had used technicalities and loopholes to get away with the law.
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
If you want to really get the "true intentions" of the law, you may go to the Congress library where tey keep the transcripts and minutes of discussions during its deliberations. You can actually get a very good idea why a certain provision has been added or deleted, why such paragraph was included, etc.
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