SECTION (3A) Nothing contained in this Act, however, shall render it unlawful or punishable for any peace officer, who is authorized by a written order of the Court, to execute any of the acts declared to be unlawful in the two preceding sections in cases involving the crimes of treason, espionage, provoking war and disloyalty in case of war, piracy, mutiny in the high seas, rebellion, conspiracy and proposal to commit rebellion, inciting to rebellion, sedition, conspiracy to commit sedition, inciting to sedition, kidnapping as defined by the Revised Penal Code, and violations of Commonwealth Act No. 616, punishing espionage and other offenses against national security: Provided, That such written order shall only be issued or granted upon written application and the examination under oath or affirmation of the applicant and the witnesses he may produce and a showing: (1) that there are reasonable grounds to believe that any of the crimes enumerated hereinabove has been committed or is being committed or is about to be committed: Provided, however, That in cases involving the offenses of rebellion, conspiracy and proposal to commit rebellion, inciting to rebellion, sedition, conspiracy to commit sedition, and inciting to sedition, such authority shall be granted only upon prior proof that a rebellion or acts of sedition, as the case may be, have actually been or are being committed; (2) that there are reasonable grounds to believe that evidence will be obtained essential to the conviction of any person for, or to the solution of, or to the prevention of, any such crimes; and (3) that there are no other means readily available for obtaining such evidence.A most significant thing here is the point in bullet (1) that a Court Order for the purposes of RA4200 can be issued for a crime that "has been committed or is being committed or is about to be committed" In other words, it is wrong to think that RA4200 Court Orders are only for when you want to do wiretapping yourself at some future time and want to do it lawfully. The example being discussed of the airport manager's dilemma is a case where it would be proper to seek a COURT ORDER to RECOGNIZE as ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE the Famous Personality's hard disk of ILLEGALLY WIRETAPPED RECORDINGS. The Poisoned Fruits are the very evidence of a CRIME commited against Section (1A) by the Famous Personality, but they cannot even be possessed, copied, discussed or used without a Court Order because THOSE would all be a Section (1B) and Section (2) offenses, UNLESS -- and here is the poetic genius of Tañada's 1965 Law, "any peace officer" shall apply for a Court Order to use RA4200 as an antidote to the Poison in the fruits of his evil labor --
"Nothing contained in this Act, however, shall render it unlawful or punishable for any peace officer, who is authorized by a written order of the Court, to execute any of the acts declared to be unlawful in the two preceding sections in cases involving the crimes of treason, ..."What would you do if you were the Airport Security Manager?
ABSCBN News reports that Opposition lawyer Sixto Brillantes is drafting a new election protest against President Arroyo based on the alleged wiretapped conversations between her and Election Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano on a plot to rig the 2004 polls. Regarding which, Romulo Macalintal, the President's election affairs lawyer, is quoted in the same article as saying
"How can you ask for reopening of the election protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal arising from a fruit of a poisoned tree?"Macalintal is right -- you cannot go to the PET for the Antidote. You would have to go the Supreme Court to do that. The Opposition is trying to prosecute the wrong case using the Garci tapes. But if it's the PAST and CONTINUING VIOLATIONS of RA4200 one were after, you really only have to go to the Regional Trial Court that covers the area of Camp Crame where ISAFP might be hiding a mountain of other damning evidence. In fact the Airport Security Manager is already being headed off at the Pass by something called House v. Garcillano, though that might not be the title of the Decision when it is finally rendered--it is Garci's SECOND PETITION in the Davide Court this month. Just bring along LORENZO TANADA though. He's a lot more JUDICIOUS and IMPARTIAL and a GENIUS that lives on in his handiwork, just as EVIL does in that of others.
RIZALIST has run away from home (again, but he'll be back before dark, I'm sure). He left a note saying that for those who really hate the over long Philippine Commentaries I've been producing, he wants to invite you all to the Archipelago Called Earth for Global Commentary that is short but bittersweet! (Honestly, I've nothing to do with this and I don't know what he's up to!)
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