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?

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