Indelible Ink: Giving Life to Death Penalty (2nd of 3 parts)

There's so much fuzz about the alleged non-compliance to basic local government unit (LGU) requirements by the management of a mall in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, particularly the lack of occupancy permit.

The business venture has opened, with Manila stars in attendance.

Violations, though, surfaced, including the absence of a restroom or comfort room for people with disabilities.

What a shame to the management. Basic logic and sound government practice dictate that the lack of amenities for PWDs is a no-no.

This should not be the case. It's even a violation of the law, not only of the Local Government Code, but as well as pertinent statutes protecting the PWDs.

But why is this malpractice, if one of such act is branded and called, in the establishment of business structures, if verified and validated, still taking place?

And if it is indeed true that grease money exchanged hands, then, those culpable behind it must be ashamed of themselves. They are not worthy to receive any single centavo from the people's taxes and government coffers.

They are simply called robbers or thieves.

And they must be axed from the government service.

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After watching the intense basketball court actions in the ongoing NOPSSCEA, a security guard of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Bacolod, SG Baron, died, suspectedly, from stroke.

Personally, to me and my family, especially my two kids, we call him "Bungisngis."

He is one of the guards of UNO-R who my children really admire for being friendly, always smiles, and would execute his signature salute, of both hands, and even his foot, to all our laughter.

In the past seasons of NOPSSCEA, we've been together with him in shouting, cheering, and rooting for the UNO-R Rams.

We will miss him from the sidelines of the Rams corner.

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President Rody Duterte has disclosed his state of health, not really as a matter of national concern as mandated in the Constitution, but maybe as his way of proving that he is a man of the public.

This is brave of President Digong.

We did not see this from erstwhile President Noynoy Aquino.

At least, there was change. And Digong vows that more is coming, so let's wait and see.

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What really is the philosophy behind the intended resurrection of the Death Penalty Law in the Philippines?

The church is against it, to the point of mounting national protests. Many sectors oppose it.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has even urged students to rally against the death penalty bill.

So why force the issue?

In crafting laws, Philippine legislators are always guided by both the letter of the law, and the spirit of the law. Both are intended, of course, to come up with a sound, logical, practical, and effective laws. Laws which matter to the lives and limbs of the Filipino people.

Although the country had proved that the death penalty law could not deter the proliferation of crimes, here we are again, as a country seeking the proper direction, trying to relive our bitter history.

What happened to Leo Echegaray? He is the first and only, thus far, recipient of a death sentence before the law was "prohibited from being imposed."

Under a government where killings, especially among drug suspects, has become the rule rather than the exception, would a death penalty law be the viable solution?

Can the current administration consider not giving emphasis to this proposed measure, and instead, focus on how to strengthen the present laws of the country?

To me, it is the lack or improper implementation of our criminal laws, and other laws for that matter, which deter the Republic of the Philippines from realizing some slice of progress.*(Comments may be sent through [email protected])