Our Right to Travel.
November 15, 2011 2 Comments
“The liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impaired except upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel be impaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or public health, as may be provided by law.” – Section 6, Article III, 1987 Constitution
The Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against DOJ Department Circular 41, impairing Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (CGMA) to go overseas for medical treatment. I thank the SC for clarity of m
Secretary De Lima once said that she is putting CGMA on the watch-list oder in the spirit of national interest, a phrase clearly not in the provision stated above. The constitution is clear about the potential restrictions to this right: NATIONAL SECURITY, PUBLIC SAFETY, or PUBLIC HEALTH.ind and objectivity in disposing of this matter.
I was browsing through arguments of legal luminaries on the right to travel and I found it extremely worth the nation’s time. UP College of Law Dean Pangalangan said that the right to travel is not absolute because if it was so, no travel ban to war-torn nations may be issued. I am not a lawyer but perhaps my reply to this contention would suffice: travelling to war-torn nations by our migrant workers may cause danger to them (PUBLIC SAFETY), may bring them to the brink of war-related illnesses (PUBLIC HEALTH), and may drag us unnecessarily to that war by being stubborn (NATIONAL SECURITY). While these do not directly affect all Filipinos, it has a national implication.
This administration’s major fear is about to be realized. Once PGMA has left the country for medical treatment, the people will focus its energies on examining if this administration has even at least attempted to find solutions to the true problems of the nation rather than placing blame on people. While I go for the current administration’s fight for accountability, they must now begin to channel their energies in doing more meaningful things for this country.
If this administration can hinder the travel plans of a former president based on text messages that, based on their standards, they consider credible, then I begin to fear what they can do to ordinary citizens.
Let us fight for our right to travel.