President Rodrigo Duterte has approved legislation toughening the penalties for anybody found guilty of perjury or ly1ng under oath.

But this news seemed to surprise Senator Risa Hontiveros after she was charged with perjury by one of the viral lawyers, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio after stressing the government and prime executives.

The President and said law mandated at least ten years impr1s0nment of any public official who is proven to have l1ed to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

As Duterte signed the said law, he also agreed that public officials who seem to have deceived the people should also be paid approximately Php1 million.

On Thursday, the Palace released a copy of Republic Act 11594, which was signed on October 29, 2021, and amended Articles 183 and 184 of the Revised [email protected] Code.

The RA 11594 stated,
“The penalty of prison mayor in its minimum period to prision mayor in its medium period shall be imposed upon any person who, knowingly making untruthful statements and not being included in the provisions of the next preceding articles, shall testify under oath, or make an affidavit, upon any material matter before a competent person authorized to administer an oath in cases in which the law so requires,”

False testimony in other cases and perjury will be pr0secuted by a total of six years and one day to eight years impr1s0nment, and a maximum of eight years and one day to ten years under the new law.

Article 183 formerly stated that the current minimum penalty ranges from four months and one day to six months of impr1s0nment. The maximum penalty ranges from six months to one year and four months in pr1s0n.

If the individual responsible for the conduct of the 0ffense is a public officer or employee, the legislation further imposes a fine of up to Php1 million, as well as everlasting full exclusion from any appointive or elective post.

Meanwhile, Article 184 has been changed to punish anybody who “willfully and deliberately offers in evidence a false witness or testimony” in a court or administrative process as gu1lty of false testimony.

Sen. Richard Gordon, leader of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the principal architect and proponent of the Senate bill, stated that the harsher penalties will prevent individuals from ly1ng.

What can you say about this? Do you think this law will prevent many people from lying under oath? Kindly share your comments, reactions, and thoughts with us.

Read also:

Comelec Comm. Guanzon, Tinabla Na Si Hontiveros: “Walang Smartmatic, ‘Di Ka Makakapandaya”

Senator Risa Hontiveros did nothing after the contract signing between the Commission on Election and the F2 Logistic Department where its chairman, Dennis Uy will lead the delivery of ballots and machines from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to facilitate and secure that no [email protected] will happen in the next election.

Hontiveros’ argument to re-use the controversial logistics department, which delivered some printed ballots with some votes that seemed to favor Vice President Leni Robredo, did not seem to get through the bidding even before the election began.

So to avoid the alleged fraud in the next election, it seems that the government and the Comelec have secured the said logistics department that will lead the upcoming 2022 national election.

According to a copy of the contract uploaded on the poll body’s website on Sunday, Comelec and F2 Logistics Philippines Inc., a freight forwarder tied to Davao-based tycoon Dennis Uy, signed the transaction worth P536 million on Oct. 29.

Shariff Abas, Chair of the Comelec, and Efren Uy, President of F2 Logistics, signed it.

Since the Comelec granted the contract to F2 Logistics in August, poll watchdogs and critics have raised concerns about a possible conflict of interest in entrusting the delivery of election equipment and supplies to a key campaign donor of President Duterte.

F2 Logistics’ chairman is Dennis Uy. The Davao-based billionaire acknowledged giving P30 million to Mr. Duterte’s presidential campaign in 2016 in a 2019 Senate hearing.

The initial cost of the Comelec contract was estimated to be Php1.6 billion, which was quadruple the final contract price of P536 million.

According to the agreement, F2 Logistics will be in charge of delivering all automated election system-related equipment, forms, and supplies not only for the elections but also for field tests.

F2 Logistics will deploy and return vote-counting machines (VCM), consolidation or canvassing system machines, transmission devices, VCM external batteries, generator sets, and other election paraphernalia to the central warehouse.

It will also provide the official ballots, ballot boxes, election forms and supplies, training materials, and computerized voter lists that will be utilized on election day.

Before their planned delivery to polling sites, the business will also furnish and safeguard provincial warehouses or local hubs for the VCMs.

According to the contract, F2 Logistics is not allowed to bump off, refuse to deliver, or halt Comelec shipments in transit unless there is a “force majeure or fortunate circumstance.”

For the delivery of election equipment and supplies, F2 Logistics must additionally have an internet-based tracking or monitoring system.

What can you say about this? Kindly share your comments, reactions, and thoughts with us.

Read also:

Isang Pari, Nagparinig Kay Leni Robredo At Sinermonan

In recent months, the Presidential candidates who will run in the Philippines in the upcoming May 2022 elections became the hot topic on social media, including Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Bongbong Marcos.

It will be recalled that after Robredo and Marcos submitted their certificate of candidacy (COC) to the Comelec, they stated their decision to run for the presidency in the country and their platforms.

However, it seems that many were not happy with Leni’s statement because of its apparent [email protected] against Marcos.

In preaching, a priest, from Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish Church in Valenzuela City, quoted a verse from the Prophet Isaiah about a leader who offered himself for forgiveness.

According to the priest, if we are going to choose the leader of our country in the coming election, the leader we choose should only be the one who will give himself to have unity and forgiveness in the country.

The priest said,
“Mula kay Propeta Isaias
“Sinabi ng Panginoon, “Ang kanyang paghihirap ay kalooban ko: Inihandog niya ang sarili upang sa pamamagitan noon ay magkaroon ng kapatawaran.

“Inihahandog ang sarili upang magkaroon ng kapatawaran. Kaya hangga’t maaari kung mayroon tayong pipiliing leader, ‘yong binibigay ang sarili upang magkaroon ng kapatawaran at pagkakaisa. At ang kapatawaran pagkakaisa yan ay nagsisimula sa isang pinuno na ang iniisip ay hindi ‘yung maiangat yung sarili niya kundi maiangat ang kapakanan ng mas nakararami kasi ang pagkakaisa, hindi yan yung ibig sabihin ay lahat nakasuporta sayo, hindi.”

The priest further said that the candidates should not [email protected] nor [email protected] their fellow candidates because, at that time, unity already vanished.

He said,
“Kaya yung mga kandidato ngayon pa lang na naninira na ng kapwa kandidato kung nagiging sanhi ka na ng walang pagkakaisa ngayon paano natin aasahan na siya ay magiging sanhi ng pagkakaisa kapag nanalo siya sa eleksyon.

“Tama o mali? Kung ngayon pa lang nagiging simula ka na ng pagkakakawatak, pano ka magiging simula ng pagkakaisa? Kung talagang gusto mo ang pagkakaisa, kung talagang ang gusto mo ay magkaroon ng pagkakaisa ang mga Pilipino, hindi mo papatulan lahat ng isyu tungkol sayo at hindi mo iangat ang sarili mo sa pamamagitan ng pagbagsak sa ibang tao. Anong sabi sa unang pagbasa, inihahandog niya ang kaniyang sarili.”

The priest added that if it is true that you want to serve the people, you will be there with them during times when there are no elections and campaigns.

What can you say about this? Do you agree with the explanation and preaching of the priest? Kindly share your comments, reactions, and thoughts with us.