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 »

People Power & No to RH

People power no-to-rh“It is quite ironic that for a country that gave the world “People Power”, so many RH advocates are so willing to push the passage of the RH bill primarily to stem the tide of “runaway population growth”, to borrow their own term. How easily these RH proponents forget the lessons of the past: that we were able to overthrow a dictator by our numbers. People Power. Power from the People, and of the People.“[1]

Hopefully what this “PEOPLE POWER” article has said will 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 »

Constitution Article 11:1 | The Accountability of Public Officers (Part 5)

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.

Constitution Article 11:1, within the last article, we finished up on defining the four points, followed by three other points. And now, within this article More »

Video-Preamble of the 1987 Philippines constitutionConstitution Article 11:1 | The Accountability of Public Officers (Part 4)

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.

Constitution Article 11:1, within the last article, we shared on one of the four points, followed by three other points, which was on on “Utmost Responsibility.”

In this article More »

Video-Preamble of the 1987 Philippines constitutionConstitution Article 11:1 | The Accountability of Public Officers (Part 3)

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.

Constitution Article 11:1, within the last article, we introduced Hector S. De Leon’s Constitution Commentary, “Textbook on the Philippine Constitution” and shared his point on the first sentence of Section 1, “Public office is a public trust.More »

Video-Preamble of the 1987 Philippines constitutionConstitution Article 11:1 |
The 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.

Constitution Article 11:1, within the last article, we shared the introduction, and within this article, we hope to bring forth a more detailed meaning of our introduction. More »

Video-Preamble of the 1987 Philippines constitutionConstitution Article 11:1 |
The 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.

Constitution Article 11:1 is part of the accountability that a public officer must perform to each and every person despite if they are an upper class, a lower class or even a government official themselves.

It says very clearly that 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 »