La Salle prof blasts Ombudsman’s flawed logic in citing “gifting” law to investigate PNP Chief Bato

Ito sakit ng mga dilaw. Tae na sa evidence, tae pa sa logic. 

This is the emphatic statement of a netizen who condemned the mainstream media for practicing yellow journalism and worse, they have flawed logic and bad when presenting evidence. Not the exact words but you get the gist.

There are two school of thoughts floating around in the social media that PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa violated.

One is RA 6713 also known as  the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”

RA 6713 is  “an act establishing a code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees, to uphold the time-honored principle of public office being a public trust, granting incentives and rewards for exemplary service, enumerating prohibited acts and transactions and providing penalties for violations thereof and for other purposes. click the link here to read the full text.

Two, RA 3019 also known as the “Anti-graft and Corrupt Practices Act.   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. Check the full text here.

Darwin Canete, an ordinary netizen, took to Facebook and slammed  mainstream media

He argued that the gift-giver is a senator. What would the senator asks from the PNP Chief’s office?

Pacquiao is a Senator. Anong hihingin niya kay Bato that Pacquiao needs Bato’s office? Wala. How can he fall under RA 3019 aver? Ito sakit ng mga dilaw. Tae na sa evidence, tae pa sa logic. 

He encouraged the public to take a look at the prohibition of the law on gifts…

(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 part, 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.

He ended the post by accusing the media of regurgitating news  articles without fact-checking.

Hirap sa media, they will reflexively print the accusation without basic fact-checking.

Meanwhile, Dr. Antonio Contreras expressed a similar line of thinking with Mr. Darwin Canete.

Dr. Contreras said that the law strictly prohibits any government employee from receiving or soliciting gifts from anyone.  Logic dictates that gift/s can be used as a bribe or a grease to receive a government service, to gain favor or to  lobby for the entry of prohibited goods.

Mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang paghingi o pagtanggap ng regalo ng isang kawani ng gobyerno mula kanino. Ang dahilan ay sapagkat baka gamitin ang regalo bilang isang suhol o pampadulas para mapadali ang isang serbisyo, o mapalusot ang isang bawal, o mabigyan ng pabor ang hindi karapat-dapat.

Dr. Contreras feigned confusion as to what favor PNP Chief  “Bato” will grant the millionaire/billionaire senator in the person of Manny Pacquiao.

Kaya hanggang sa ngayon ay di ko pa rin lubos maisip kung ano ang dapat padulasin, o ano ang serbisyong dapat pabilisin, o ano ang bawal na dapat palusutin, o ano ang pabor na hindi dapat pero ibibigay pa rin ni Bato de La Rosa sa isang milyonaryong Senador na si Manny Pacquiao.

If  “Bato” happened to be the BIR Chief or Manny Pacquiao were a drug lord or a crime lord, there is a point to investigate Bato.

Dr. Contreras wondered why the investigation is limited to Bato when Manny Pacquiao is a government official and bribery is prohibited?

At bakit si Bato lamang ang paiimbestigahan. Hindi ba dapat ay imbestigahan din si Manny dahil kawani din ito ng gobyerno ay ipinagbabawal din ang panunuhol?

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  1. villegasmanny December 12, 2016

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