Betrayal of PUBLIC TRUST

ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICERS

Section 1. Public Office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at
all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity,
loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.

With the recent news about the NAPOLES Pork Barrel scam, i came to see how betrayal of public trust has been clearly done by public officials. In case of former Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona He was disgraced and remove from office  to wit:

 “On May 29, 2012, Corona was found guilty of Article II of the Articles of Impeachmentfiled against him pertaining to his failure to disclose to the public his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_of_Renato_Corona)

The Filipino people are outraged by this  event. Although some are skeptical about the REAL Motive behind the impeachment we accepted the facts as it is. According to the Philippine Constitution  Article IX

ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICERS

Section 1. Public Office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at
all times be ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE, serve them with utmost RESPONSIBILITY, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, and efficiency, act with PATRIOTISM AND JUSTICE and lead MODEST lives 

further more,

Section 2. The President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court,
the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed
from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the
Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of
public trust. All other public officer and employees may be removed from office as
provided by law, but not by impeachment.

Who are responsible for  removing these people from office?

Section 3. (1) The House of Representative shall have the exclusive power to
initiate all cases of impeachment.

Section 4. The present anti-graft court known as the Sandiganbayan shall
continue to function and exercise its jurisdiction as now or hereafter may be provided by
law.

Section 5. There is hereby created the independent Office of the Ombudsman,
composed of the Ombudsman to be known as Tanodbayan, one overall Deputy and at
least one Deputy each for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. A separate Deputy for the
military establishment may likewise be appointed.

Section 6. The officials and employees of the Office of the Ombudsman, other
than the Deputies, shall be appointed by the Ombudsman according to the Civil Service
Law.

Section 7. The existing Tanodbayan shall hereafter be known as the Office of the
Special Prosecutor. It shall continue to function and exercise its powers as now or
hereafter may be provided by law, except those conferred on the Office of the
Ombudsman created under this Constitution

In addition:

The Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations of the Senate of the Philippines, or more popularly known as the Blue Ribbon Committee, is the Senate committeetasked to investigate alleged wrongdoings of the government, its officials, and its attached agencies, including government owned and controlled corporations, in aid of legislation, that is, the primary purpose is the suggestion of new laws, or proposals of amendments to existing laws (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Senate_Blue_Ribbon_Committee)

having this in mind and the NAPOLES pork barrel scam,  I have few other facts that i want to present.

[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 3019]
ANTI-GRAFT AND CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT

Section 1. Statement of policy. — It is the policy of the Philippine Government,
in line with the principle that a public office is a public trust, to repress certain acts of
public officers and private persons alike which constitute graft or corrupt practices or
which may lead thereto

Section 2. Definition of terms

(c) “Receiving any gift” includes the act of accepting directly or indirectly a gift
from a person other than a member of the public officer’s immediate family, in behalf of
himself or of any member of his family or relative within the fourth civil degree, either
by consanguinity or affinity, even on the occasion of a family celebration or national
festivity like Christmas, if the value of the gift is under the circumstances manifestly
excessive.

  1.  accepting Mont Blanc ballpen?
  2. wife shopping with alleged Pork Barrel scam queen?

Section 3. Corrupt practices of public officers.

(b) Directly or indirectly requesting or receiving any gift, present, share,
percentage, or benefit, for himself or for any other person, in connection with any
contract or transaction between the Government and any other party, wherein the public
officer in his official capacity has to intervene under the law

(c) Directly or indirectly requesting or receiving any gift, present or other
pecuniary or material benefit, for himself or for another, from any person for whom the
public officer, in any manner or capacity, has secured or obtained, or will secure or
obtain, any Government permit or license, in consideration for the help given or to be
given, without prejudice to Section thirteen of this Act

(g) Entering, on behalf of the Government, into any contract or transaction
manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer
profited or will profit thereby

(j) Knowingly approving or granting any license, permit, privilege or benefit in
favor of any person not qualified for or not legally entitled to such license, permit,
privilege or advantage, or of a mere representative or dummy of one who is not so
qualified or entitled.

The person giving the gift, present, share, percentage or benefit referred to in
subparagraphs (b) and (c); or offering or giving to the public officer the employment
mentioned in subparagraph (d); or urging the divulging or untimely release of the
confidential information referred to in subparagraph (k) of this section shall, together
with the offending public officer, be punished under Section nine of this Act and shall be
permanently or temporarily disqualified in the discretion of the Court, from transacting
business in any form with the Government

Section 7. Statement of assets and liabilities. — Every public officer, within
thirty days after assuming office, thereafter, on or before the fifteenth day of April
following the close of every calendar year, as well as upon the expiration of his term of
office, or upon his resignation or separation from office, shall prepare and file with the
office of the corresponding Department Head, or in the case of a Head of department or
Chief of an independent office, with the Office of the President, a true, detailed sworn
statement of assets and liabilities, including a statement of the amounts and sources of
his income, the amounts of his personal and family expenses and the amount of income
taxes paid for the next preceding calendar year

Section 8. Prima facie evidence of and dismissal due to unexplained wealth.
— If in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act Numbered One thousand three
hundred seventy-nine, a public official has been found to have acquired during his
incumbency, whether in his name or in the name of other persons, an amount of
property and/or money manifestly out of proportion to his salary and to his other lawful
income, that fact shall be a ground for dismissal or removal. Properties in the name of
the spouse and dependents of such public official may be taken into consideration, when
their acquisition through legitimate means cannot be satisfactorily shown. Bank deposits
in the name of or manifestly excessive expenditures incurred by the public official, his
spouse or any of their dependents including but not limited to activities in any club or
association or any ostentatious display of wealth including frequent travel abroad of a
non-official character by any public official when such activities entail expenses
evidently out of proportion to legitimate income, shall likewise be taken into
consideration in the enforcement of this section, notwithstanding any provision of law to
the contrary. The circumstances hereinabove mentioned shall constitute valid ground for
the administrative suspension of the public official concerned for an indefinite period
until the investigation wealth is completed. (As amended by BP Blg., 195, March 16,
1982)

With the recent development in the PDAF Scam most Senators and Congressmen  gave an alibi  that they just endorsed the NGO will that  actually save them from the verdict?

Recent question of Pnoy on his speech. Is there bribery after fact?

I am not an attorney, im just a simple taxpayer  but im sure Atty Raymond Fortun could explain better.

please read this link..

Is there bribery after fact?

The Power of Declaration..

I have never  believed in the power of declaration. I never thought that this will affect my life, my state of mind and my future as well. I read a lot of self- help books that discuss about positive outlook and saying phrases like ” I am a wonderful person, I can do it” etc, etc. I did that and never believe in  myself anyway.

It was  just a few days ago that made me realize the true power of declaration.

I  resigned from my clerical job in pursuit of greener pasture and  jump in the call center bandwagon. Since I’m a call center virgin, there are lots of new things that i need to learn in 4 weeks. It was when i hit the floor (Academy bay) that i had the real taste of call center reality. Panic stricken, I got calls that  questions my ability to do my job well, my confidence  was really low and the SME’ s hasn’t been very helpful either.  I was at a lowest point. I have several markdowns and 2 autofails. I even had the negative notion that all calls are just impossible to close. It was really a rough day.

The following monday I declared in my instagram a good vibes,  happy monday, great day! No irate costumer to deal with, sale and no unhelpful SME shall upset me. IT did happen!

The following day, Tuesday, I declared a blessed Tuesday on my Facebook status.  With a silent prayer for a better score and a better performance. I asked God’s help knowing that I cannot do it without God’s help. My chance of getting the job seems so slim, and I am losing hope. With God’s grace I overcame all the obstructions that blocked my way that day. I then realized the power of declaration.

The following day Wednesday (yesterday). I was in high spirits and declared this in my FB status.

Don’t give up!

Though the road I’m taking is a bit rough

 And the future seems hazy ,

When I feel like I want to give up,Because the fight is a little tough I pray for God’s mercy.

“When I was burdened with worries, You comforted me and made me feel secure.”Psalm 94:19

Declaring God’ s mercy this day. His mercy endureth forever..

I have so many worries that day one of which if I had the lowest grade I’d be the last to pick a schedule which means I would be getting the morning shift and  won’t be able to go to church. Something that became a burden to me. I wouldn’t want to sacrifice my God’s day in lieu of money.Thou I know that something good will happen that day. I stand on my ground that God will have mercy in me. Later that day, when we were shown our stats, and score cards,i couldn’t believe the result. I made it on the top. I was overwhelmed. I knew it was impossible but God made a way! I ranked third as of yesterday, which means i could get the chance to pick the schedule i want. (which is one of the reasons why i want to work in call center i need a schedule that would compliment with husband’s routine work sched  and help with household chores)

I still have 2 days to battle before hitting the floor and i am standing on God’s promise.

Jeremiah 33:3

“Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”

P.S. We often declare negative things easily and unknowingly (I can’t do it, it’s impossible or  you can’t do it etc.) I have learned that the words we utter have weights and impact on our lives. So instead of criticizing our gov’t, our partners/ spouses, our children,friends, students, encourage and declare positively and loudly with faith and boldness. We need to transfer that faith to that person until that person believes that he can do it. Declare healing for your sick family. Declare blessings say ” God bless” to everyone even to those who curse you. Make it a habit declaring good things and believe and it will happen.

Proverbs 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Fairy Tale..

Every woman dream of a relationship that would end like a fairy tale.

” and they live happily ever after “

But reality bites, there’s no perfect  person, no perfect relationship,

because  relationship is a  fairy tale..

 a constant  battle between good and evil

your  love story will end the way you want it.

Black Scarf

 

“Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

I held your hand and watched you sleep

Your hand cold and clammy pressed against my warm palm.

recalling  how it felt when you first held mine,

the strong hands that told me you will never let go.

I took your hand to my lips,

remembering how many times it touched my cheeks

my lips, my nose, my face.

quietly, you removed your hand and touched my hair

I looked at you and saw you with a weak smile

I smiled  back and tried not to show any sign of weakness

I wouldn’t miss that chance to see your face again..

your eyes, your lips,  the whole of you.

you moved your lips trying to tell me something

I lowered my ears to your lips,

“I love you”

I tried to hold back the tears from falling..

The walls that I tried to build came crumbling down,

I cried, I know it will the last few minutes before you say goodbye

I hugged you for the very last time

I don’t want you to go

but time has run out.

I stayed in your arms,

I held you close

knowing that it will be the last

I looked at you and said

“I love you very much”

You held me tight, kissed me on the forehead

and drew your last breath…

Goodbye my love.. until we meet again.

Black LV scarf

April fool’s day crime…

Defense Attorney: Will you please state your age?
Little Old Lady: I am 80 years old.
Defense Attorney: Will you tell us, in your own words, what happened
the night of April 1st?
Little Old Lady: There I was, sitting there in my swing on my front
porch on a warm spring evening, when a young man comes creeping up on the
porch and sat down beside me.
Defense Attorney: Did you know him?
Little Old Lady: No, but he sure was friendly.
Defense Attorney: What happened after he sat down?
Little Old Lady: He started to rub my thigh.
Defense Attorney: Did you stop him?
Little Old Lady: No, I didn’t stop him.
Defense Attorney: Why not?
Little Old Lady: It felt good. Nobody had done that since my Albert
died some 15 years ago.
Defense Attorney: What happened next?
Little Old Lady: He began to rub my breasts.
Defense Attorney: Did you stop him then?
Little Old Lady: No, I did not stop him.
Defense Attorney: Why not?
Little Old Lady: His rubbing made me feel all alive and excited. I
haven’t felt that good in years!
Defense Attorney: What happened next?
Little Old Lady: Well, by then, I was feeling really “spicy” that I
just laid down and told him “Take me, young man. Take me!”
Defense Attorney: Did he take you?
Little Old Lady: No! He just yelled, “April Fool!”
 
 
And that’s when I shot him!!

 

TGIF!  looking forward to that relaxing weekend!