Once again, Madam Leni Robredo made an unsolicited suggestion or advice to DepEd, prompting a certain lawyer and blogger named Nick Nañgit to ask the VP if she was a lawyer and a former lawmaker?
Here’s the thing. VP Robredo wants DepEd to realign its budget intended for the rehab of school buildings to buy gadgets, equipment for distance learning.
Robredo reasoned that since the school buildings are not going to be used, her idea requires a second look.
Moving forward, Atty. Nick opened the FB post by poking VP Leni Robredo with the line below.
‘Umariba ulit si Madam!’
Atty. Nick remarked that any lawmaker or lawyer worth his or her salt knows the ins and outs of government spending.
‘Alam nyo po ang paglalaan ng pondo para sa rehabilitasyon ng mga pampublikong paaralan ay nakasaad na sa national budget na makikita sa GAA o General Appropriations Act.’
‘Batas yan, at may mga line items para diyan,’ Atty. Nick said in an emphatic tone.
Atty. Nick went on to remind Robredo what awaits to a government official who make the mistake of violating this provision in our Revised Penal Code.
‘May mga probisyon din tayo sa Revised Penal Code na nagsasabing bawal gamitin ang mga nakalaan na paggagastusan sa mga bagay na hindi naman para doon. Maaaring malversation yan ng pondo.’
When the situation calls for it, Atty. Nick said an enabling law must be crafted to legalize such move. Atty. Nick took a jab at Robredo that no matter what the intention, even if its good, if it’s illegal in the Philippine law, it does not mean, DepEd should follow her advice.
‘Kung kinakailangang ibaling sa iba ang pondo, dapat gumawa muna ng bagong batas, at hindi yung kung anu-ano na lang ang maisip e tama agad, kahit ano pang hangarin mo!’
‘Bakit ganun?’ Atty. Nick asked.
Atty. Nick explained the rationale behind this law to Robredo, that is to prevent corruption. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of legislating the national budget if the taxpayers money is used according to the whims and caprices of the people in government. In addition, Atty. Nick reminded the VP that this is also stated in our Constitution.
‘E kasi nga, iniiwasan ng batas ang pagpapaikut-ikot ng kaperahan na maaaring maging sanhi pa ng korapsyon. Kung hindi, ano pa ang saysay ng paggawa ng national budget kung pwede naman palang gamitin ang pondo o malilikom na pera sa kahit ano na lang? Nasa Saligang Batas din natin yan!’
Atty. Nick reiterated we have a system in the country. There are laws that needs to be followed that is why prison awaits to those guilty of committing malversation.
‘E kasi rin yan ang sistema ng ating bansa. May mga batas na dapat sundin, kaya nga may parusang kulong pag gumawa ng krimeng malversation.’
Besides, Atty. Nick said school rehabilitation is a necessary evil according to engineers and architects. This is done on regular basis to prevent the building from further degradation.
‘At saka ang rehabilitasyon ng mga gusali ay kinakailangang gawin, dahil pangmatagalan yan at, ayon din sa mga arkitekto at inhinyero, regular itong gagawin para hindi lalong masira ang mga gusali kapag ito ay pinabayaan.’
Atty. Nick remarked that the gadgets and distance learning equipments are mere stop-gap measures while there is no permanent solution to stop the spread of the virus.
‘Ang mga gadgets at distance learning equipment ay pansamantalang solusyon lamang, habang wala pang permanenteng solusyong magpapatigil na sa pagkalat ng veerus. May option din na modular instruction, atbp.’
‘Ngayon, dapat alam mo yan!’ Atty. Nock told Robredo.
Atty. Nick ended the FB post by parting Robredo with a “provocative” question.
‘Diba, Madam, abugada ka at dati pa ngang Kongresista?! 😲😱🥴’
Source: Nick Nañgit – NCN Law