Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:09
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin…” (Provebs 26:28, the Holy Bible).
NO, YASAY DID NOT LIE TO LAWMAKERS:No, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. did not lie when he told congressmen and senators composing the Commission on Appointments that he was not a US citizen.
When he said he was not a US citizen, he was merely echoing, or citing, if you will, the provisions of US laws which say that when a person who is granted US citizenship had a “preconceived intent” of not pursuing that US citizenship, that grant was null and void and had no effect whatsoever.
Yasay was in fact simply telling our lawmakers that considering those US laws, and considering what happened to him—he was granted US citizenship in 1986 but was back in the Philippines for good in 1987—his supposed US citizenship was never in effect at all, so that he was never an American citizen at any moment in his life.
LAWMAKERS MUST EXPLAIN THEIR ACT ON YASAY CONFIRMATION:It was unfortunate our lawmakers did not—or chose not to?—understand what Yasay was telling them, and it is these lawmakers who have some explaining to do on their actions on the Yasay appointment. But to make this a little clearer for everyone, let me use as an example the American law on divorce and the Philippine law on annulment of marriages.
In America, when a divorce decree is granted, it is generally made effective only on the date that decree was issued. For example, let us say that a divorce decree was issued on March 11, 2017 in the US. That decree takes effect only from March 11, 2017, so that before March 11, 2017, the former husband and wife would be considered as having been legally wedded to one another all throughout.
In the Philippines, it is different, and this is where Yasay’s statements would become more in accord with the law. When a Philippine court issues a decree of annulment, that decree takes effect not on the date it was issued, but on the day of the marriage itself—so that, in contemplation of law, the former husband and wife are considered not to have been married at any point in time.
YASAY MERELY CITED US LAWS, SO HOW CAN HE BE LYING?That was what happened to Yasay, and this should have been the centerpiece of his submissions to the Commission on Appointment. What he should have pounded on among the lawmakers scrutinizing him for his confirmation of his appointment was that, from the point of view of US laws, he was never a US citizen.
Since it is the US laws that are saying that Yasay was never a US citizen despite the grant of that US citizenship to him in 1986, he could never be accused of lying. How can someone who is merely repeating what the US laws provided be considered to have lied?
If we uphold the view of the congressmen and senators composing the Commission on Appointments that Yasay lied because he merely cited the provisions of US laws, then, lawyers, judges, and justices who routinely cite the laws in making their arguments or conclusions in their orders and resolutions would, by parity of reasoning, be considered lying. With due respect, that view of the lawmakers is simply absurd!
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