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Many Filipinos still totally unaware of Federal Constitution

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… To obey (God) is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry…” (1 Samuel 15:22-23, the Holy Bible).

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MANY FILIPINOS STILL TOTALLY UNAWARE OF THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION:On July 23, 2018, when I was interviewed by broadcasters Emman Aquino and Dang Estrada of DZAS Far East Broadcasting Company (http://dzas.febc.ph/) of Zamboanga City before the third SONA (or State of the Nation Address) of Presdident Duterte, I realized that scores of Filipinos are as yet totally unaware of what the proposed Federal Constitution contains.

Because of this, as a public service of BATAS (or the Buklod ng mga Abogadong Tagapagtaguyod ng Adhikaing Sambayanan, a free legal aid group since 1994), we are starting here today a regular forum by which the different provisions of the proposed Constitution could be discussed. We will do this public service only because of the desire of BATAS to afford the citizenry with a much deeper knowledge about the matter.

This is how BATAS proposes to do this: first, we will reproduce select parts of the Federal Constitution.  Then, we shall endeavor to come up with our own explanations about these selected provisions. If there are any comments, suggestions or reactions to what we are expounding, they can be sent to batasmauricio@yahoo.com, o mmauriciojr111@gmail.com, or in Facebook, www.facebook.com/attybatas.

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THE ARTICLES COMPRISING THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION: For starters, let us enumerate first the different articles of the proposed Federal Charter for a bird’s eye view of the entire law: Preamble;  Article I, National Territory; Article II,Declaration of Principles and State Policies; Article III, Bill of Rights; Article IV, Citizenship; Article V, Suffrage and Political Parties; Article VI, People’s Initiative, Plebiscite, and Referendum.

Article VII, Legislative Department; Article VIII, Executive Department; Article IX, Judicial Department; Article X, Constitutional Commissions;Article XI, Federated Regions, the Bangsamoro, and the Federated Region of the Cordilleras; Article XII, Distribution of Powers of the Government; Article XIII, Fiscal Powers and Financial Administration.

Article XIV,  Accountability of Public Officers; Article XV,  National Economy and Patrimony; Article XVI, Social Justice; Article XVII, Education, Science and Technology, Arts, Culture, and Sports; Article XVIII, The Family; Article XIX, National Security and Public Order; Article XX, General Provisions; Article XXI, Amendments or Revision; Article XXII, Transitory Provisions. Tomorrow, God willing, we shall come up with our discussions!

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JOYCE KILMER SERVICE AREA, INTERSTATE 95, NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE, USA, AUGUST 01, 2018. As my family (former Judge Angelina Mauricio and lawyer Maria Luisa Mauricio of the Office of the Solicitor General) and I were travelling along Interstate 95 on the way back to New York City, from Philadelphia, on August 01, 2018, we saw an interesting service area along the highway.

We decided to drop by, because it is named “Joyce Kilmer”. We made amazing discoveries with that visit: one, Joyce Kilmer, the poet who wrote the famous poem “Trees”, was a man; two, his full name was Alfred Joy Kilmer; three, he wrote not so many poems because he died young in a war; and four, he was a native of New Jersey, USA, reason why the service area was named after him.

To our relatives, friends and associates who may wish to view the photos we took of the service area, please go to www.facebook.com/attybatas, or twitter.com@attybatas, or Instagram, melaniomauriciojr. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!!!

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any questionabout what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we havediscussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe,please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, orpost your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I willanswer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen! (By Atty. Batas Mauricio)-30-




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