2016-10-16t120120z_1773959777_s1beuhhkbgaa_rtrmadp_3_philippines-chinaPhilippines Ranked Most Reformed…

Philippines Ranked Most Reformed since Duterte has taken office as President.

One commentator states:

“‘It’s unbelievable, Philippines has changed and the Philippines government seems to be working under the leadership of the President Rodrigo Duterte,’ said Dimock.”

 

 

 

 

Stupid-is-ForeverPsalm of The Politician | Stupid Is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago

PSALM OF THE POLITICIAN

The politician is my shepherd, I’m in want,
He makes me to lie down on park benches
He leads me beside the still factories.
He disturbs my Soul.
Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of depression and recession,
I anticipate no recovery, for he is with me.
He prepares a reduction in my salary in the presence of my enemies,
He anointed my small income with great losses.
My expenses alarmingly run over.
Surely unemployment and poverty shall follow me all the days of my life
And I shall dwell in a mortgaged home forever.

Stupid-is-Forever

Fighting Corruption

by Dr. R. J. A. Olaguer

A book on anti-graft, entitled “Fighting Corruption,” by Dr. R. J. A. Olaguer states that “…because of the mistaken notion that, once the case is filed with Sandiganbayan, the GIPO has already completed his job as far as he is concerned. In the end, the performance of the Office of the Ombudsman as a whole, including GIPO and the ASPs of the Office of the Special Prosecutor shall be judged, not by the number of cases filed before the Sandiganbayan, but by the number of cases subject of conviction by the Sandiganbayan. In short, it is the quality of cases, and not their quanity, that should be of significant consideration. As of last count, the conviction rate in the Sandiganbayan is only 40%.”

“Against all these odds, the Office of the Ombudsman doggedly continues combating graft and corruption in the country. The question is: are we winning the war against graft and corruption?”

pg 14 (c) 2006 by UST Publishing House.

LIBERTY or TYRANNY?

“It is enough for good people to do nothing, for evil people to succeed.”
“In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man,
but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

The 1987 Constitution of
the Republican of the Philippines

LIBERTY or TYRANNY?

As much as a person can be held liable for what he does, at the same time he can be held liable for what he does not do. When a person is being assaulted on the street by a group of thugs in plain sight and no one does anything to stop it, all are guilty. —- Mark Glenn

Independence for the Philippines was declared on June 12th, 1898 which makes it our 111th year of celebration.

How many of you, out there, really thought through on what brought this country its Independence? How many of us ever really ponder on just what the design of our flag means when we look at it in honor of remembrance? More »

accountability road sign illustration design over a white backgroundThree Basic Legal Devises: With Knowledge Comes Power

The three basic legal devices to use towards defending yourself from a government official who does not take their obligation, to serve the people, that seriously.

  • The Constitution
  • RA 6713 – Code of Conduct
  • RA 6770 Sections 24

Officers are just as obligated to abide by the law, aka Constitution, as the citizens and foreigners are, and foreigners are protected by the law just as much as the citizens: More »

corruptionReforming the Bureau of Immigration:
The doorway of corruption…

In this season of Christmas, ground zero for many Filipinos are our airports with many balikbayans and overseas Filipino workers coming from all over the world. Amid complaints of the state of our airports, one good thing has definitely happened—reforms at the Bureau of Immigration have worked.

In his State of the Nation Address in 2013, President Aquino castigated the Bureau of Immigration (BI) for its alleged corruption More »

Human Rights ViolationHuman Rights Violations only in the Philippinbes

Malicious and intentional persecution of foreigners” stated in criminal complaints filed with United Nations OHCHR against 13 Philippines Government officials listed as a “Criminal Syndicate” for Human Rights and Due Process violations

A 360 page criminal complaint, More »

THE ESSENTIAL THING

Forfeiture of illegally obtained wealth (part 3 of 3)

Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez, Ombudsman

In this issue, we conclude the installments on understanding forfeiture of illegally-obtained wealth.

In the defense against forfeiture, the Bank Deposits Secrecy Law (RA 1405, eff. 1955) and the Foreign Currency Deposit Act (RA 6426, eff. 1974) often also play a prominent role.  The BDSL provides that, unless ordered by a competent court in certain exceptional cases that include bribery or dereliction of duty, no examination into bank deposits in the Philippines may be made by any government official or body, and no bank employee shall disclose information on said deposits, unless permitted in writing by the depositor himself.  The FCDA, on the other hand, prohibits any examination by any government official, except upon written authority from the depositor. It further declares the deposits as exempt from attachment, garnishment or other process by any court or body. Both laws declare the deposits as absolutely confidential in nature. More »

THE ESSENTIAL THING

Forfeiture of illegally obtained wealth (part 2 of 3)

Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez, Ombudsman

In this issue, we continue the installments on understanding forfeiture of illegally-obtained wealth.  We ended the last time with a statement that in forfeiture proceedings, the State is helped by a prima facie presumption in its favor.  That presumption states that property or wealth manifestly out of proportion to a public officer’s salary and other legitimate income is presumed illegal wealth.  For the state, this requires simply laying down the wealth obtained by the officer concerned and comparing it to his total government salary and benefits.  But we also said this is not as easy as it sounds, nor is the process involved free from complication. More »

THE ESSENTIAL THING

Forfeiture of illegally obtained wealth (part 1 of 3)

Ma. Merceditas N Gutierrez, Ombudsman

RA 1379, enacted way back in 1955, gave the State the power to institute forfeiture proceedings against any public officer or employee to recover illegally-obtained property or wealth.  The 1987 Constitution expressly recognized this authority in Sec. 15 of Article XI which dealt on the accountability of public officers.  But the constitution clearly added that said power may be exercised not only against the officer concerned, but against his nominees and transferees.  It also more positively stated that said power cannot be barred by prescription, laches or estoppel. The provision under par. 2 of RA 1379 that the resignation of the official, his separation or dismissal would not prevent the filing of a forfeiture case against him was untouched. More »