Qwhoaredisqualifiedfornaturalization a 1 persons

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Unformatted text preview: RO RODEL V. ATIENZA, MARINETH EASTER AN D. AYOS, CARLO R. BALA, WILFREDO T. BONILLA, JR., KEEL ACHERNAR R. DINOY, APRIL V. ENRILE, KENNETH JAMES CARLO C. HIZON, JOSE MARIA G. MENDOZA, ROGER CHRISTOPHER R. REYES, ROMILINDA C. SIBAL, JASMIN M. SISON, ZARAH PATRICIA T. SUAREZ, RALPH JULIOUS L. VILLAMOR. BILL OF RIGHTS An immunity agreement was entered between Jesus and the Republic which Disini undertook to testify for his government and provide its lawyers with informations needed to prosecute the case. Said agreement gave Jesus an assurance that he shall not be compelled to give further testimonies in any proceeding other than the present matter. Jesus complied with his undertaking but 18 years after the Sandiganbayan issued a subpoena against him, commanding to testify and produce documents before said court in an action filed against Herminio. Can Jesus be compelled to testify before the Sandiganbayan? A: No. A contract is the law between the parties. It cannot be withdrawn except by their mutual consent. In the case at bar, the Republic, through the PCGG, offered Jesus not only criminal and civil immunity but also immunity against being compelled to testify in any proceeding other than the civil and arbitration cases identified in the agreement, just so he would agree to testify. When the Republic entered in such agreement, it needs to fulfill its obligations honorably as Jesus did. The government should be fair. (Disini v. Sandiganbayan, G.R. No. 180564, June 22, 2010) Q: X and Y were called before the AGRAVA Board to elicit and determine the surrounding facts and circumstances of the assassination of Benigno Aquino Sr. Section 5 of the same law (P.D. 1886) creating the Board compels a person to take the witness stand, testify or produce evidence, under the pain of contempt if they failed or refused to do so. X and Y gave their testimonies without having been informed of their right to remain silent and that any statement given by them may be used against them. The Board then used t...
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