Gifts, graft & corruption: One rule for the little people, a different standard for the ruling class

Discussion in 'Sins of Rody' started by Diablo, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    First the rule for the little people, best exemplified by recent reminders at the Philippines Department of Transportation:

    Don’t accept gifts, Tugade tells DOTr workers

    7 November 2016


    Barely a month before Christmas, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Monday called on officials and employees of his department to not to accept gifts of any kind from individuals and organizations “to avoid conflict of interest and to uphold high standard of ethics in public service.” ... Tugade warned that he will be “unforgiving” to all DOTr workers who would solicit or receive gifts.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841865/dont-accept-gifts-tugade-tells-dotr-workers


    DOTr workers who will accept gifts, favors to be fired

    7 November 2016


    Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has warned officials and employees of his agency that they will be sacked from their posts if they are caught accepting gifts and favors from government
    contractors this Christmas season.

    To avoid tainting the legitimacy of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) projects, Tugade said that he has reminded employees of the agency of laws prohibiting them from accepting or soliciting gifts from individuals and groups, such as potential vendors or suppliers. He added that the strict implementation of these rules would help maintain the DOTr’s high standard of ethics in public service.


    “Turn down all types of gifts even if these were given to you voluntarily [this Christmas],” Tugade said at Monday’s flag-raising ceremony. “I have a way of knowing it. You can’t accept gifts [from government contractors] in the office, parking lot or in your house.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/841910/dotr-workers-who-will-accept-gifts-favors-to-be-fired


    And the Philippine National police brag about how well their anti-corruption efforts are working (too bad it doesn't apply copy to those who fabricate evidence & carry out extra-judicial killings):

    PNP’s zero-graft campaign paying off

    13 November 2016


    Getting rid of corruption, speeding up processing of licenses and greatly increasing collections have enabled the Philippine National Police-Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO) to regain the public’s trust, an official said yesterday.​

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/13/1643276/pnps-zero-graft-campaign-paying
     
  2. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    With different rules for ruling class such as Rodrigo "Digong" Roa Duterte:

    Duterte admits receiving gifts from Quiboloy


    3 May 2016

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday admitted his friend Pastor Apollo Quiboloy had given him gifts, including properties and cars. During Quiboloy’s late-night show, Duterte said he had three properties at Woodridge Park, Ma-a, in Davao City given to him by Quiboloy ... The tough-talking local executive said Quiboloy had also given him a Nissan Safari and Ford Expedition.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/783042/duterte-admits-receiving-gifts-from-quiboloy
     
  3. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    and for their well-placed cronies such as Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa:

    Bato faces probe over free trip to Pacman fight

    11 November 2016


    The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the propriety of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa’s free trip to Las Vegas to watch Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Jessie Vargas over the weekend. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has reportedly initiated a probe to determine if the police official’s act of receiving such gift from the boxing champion did not violate Republic Act 6713 or the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees. De la Rosa himself admitted that Pacquiao, who won the fight, paid for everything for him and his family to watch the bout and he did not spend personal or public funds to go to the United States.

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/11/1642703/bato-faces-probe-over-free-trip-pacman-fight

    Dela Rosa on free Vegas trip: Kasalanan pala 'yon?

    11 November 2016

    Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Friday defended anew his all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to see the fight of Senator Manny Pacquiao against Jessie Vargas, which is now the subject of an Office of the Ombudsman probe. The anti-graft body on Thursday said it will probe the PNP chief for possible violation of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees when he accepted the all-expense paid trip for him and his family from no less than the boxer-senator ... So that’s an offense? I’ll go to jail because of an invitation? What’s important is I did not steal money from the public.

    ...

    Pacquiao bought some two thousands tickets – over a million dollars' worth – and also flew in some of his friends from the government himself.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/11/16/dela-rosa-on-free-vegas-trip-kasalanan-pala-yon


    "So that's an offense?" Yes, it is, you arrogant pig. The same laws that you apply to us little people (no gifts, no favors) should also be applied to you.


    PNP chief to be probed

    11 November 2016


    The Ombudsman is investigating Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Philippine National Police chief, after he admitted in an interview that Senator Manny Pacquiao paid for his and his family’s trip to Las Vegas to watch the senator’s fight against boxer Jessie Vargas last Sunday. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said their office is investigating to see if the police chief has violated the law in accepting travel perks. “We’re trying to determine if he (violated) committed any criminal offense and at the same time, if he (violated) committed any administrative offense,” she said. Morales said they had not pinpointed any specific offense that Dela Rosa had committed as they had been collating the facts yet.

    ...

    When asked what they will be looking into, Morales said that Dela Rosa’s disclosure on television is already an admission. “If we base from his statement in the television, that’s already an admission that he had gone there on the invitation and on the undertaking that Pacquaio gave to him,” she said. “That is — free tickets, free accommodation, and I understand even his family was in the group,” she said.

    http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/111978/111978
     
  4. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Please, please, please, lock him up!

    Dela Rosa willing to go to jail for Vegas trip

    14 November 2016


    Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa is willing to go to jail if it turns out he broke the law by going on a trip to Las Vegas that Sen. Manny Pacquiao paid for as a gift ... Dela Rosa admitted that Sen. Manny Pacquiao paid for everything when he and his family flew to Las Vegas to watch the senator's recent fight with Jessie Vargas.

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/14/1643671/dela-rosa-willing-go-jail-vegas-trip
     
  5. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    ‘No regrets’: Bato ready for jail over Vegas trip

    14 November 2016


    Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Monday said he was willing to go to jail if proven guilty of ethics breach for his sponsored trip to Las Vegas to watch the fight of Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao. In a press briefing in Camp Crame, Dela Rosa said he respects and welcomes the Office of the Ombudsman’s fact-finding investigation into his travel perks, but added that he had no regrets in accepting the sponsored trip to watch the Pacquiao-Vargas bout last Nov. 5.

    Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/844054/no-regrets-bato-ready-for-jail-over-vegas-trip#ixzz4PxlTbDcc
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    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/844054/no-regrets-bato-ready-for-jail-over-vegas-trip
     
  6. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Honesty & PNP are contradictions in terms. PNP cops lie all the time, all to many examples are posted here already.

    PNP Chief ready to go to jail if Vegas trip proven wrong

    14 November 2016


    The chief of the Philippine National Police said Monday he was willing to go to jail if it is proven that he violated the law when he accepted a free trip to Las Vegas ... If the investigation determines that I was at fault, then I'm ready to go to jail. They can imprison me. It's okay. I will go to jail if I did something wrong ... The important thing is I am honest. I didn't lie. I spoke the truth, for transparency. If I did that, I am man enough to go to jail if proven guilty.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/14/16/pnp-chief-ready-to-go-to-jail-if-vegas-trip-proven-wrong
     
  7. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    His Majesty just doesn't get it. DOTr employees can't accept gives, but it leaves you "owing one" to the giftor. But it's perfectly ok for the ruling class to owe favors & have those favors called it, privileges that the "little people" don't get, and privileges which may even be done at the expense of "little people".

    So here we have the head of the already massively corrupt PNP "owing one" to a politician & sports celebrity, and Duterte thinks it's perfectly ok.

    Duterte: PNP chief's free trip from Pacquiao not a crime

    14 November 2016


    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday was heard commending Senator Manny Pacquiao for coming to the defense of police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa over the latter’s all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas. The Ombudsman launched a probe on Dela Rosa after the latter admitted to letting Pacquiao shoulder his and his family’s expenses in their trip to Las Vegas to see the senator’s bout with Mexican Jessie Vargas. During Pacquiao’s courtesy call on the president, the latter was heard telling the lawmaker that he was right in defending the police chief.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/11/14/16/duterte-pnp-chiefs-free-trip-from-pacquiao-not-a-crime
     
  8. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    Duterte heard telling Pacquiao he was right in defending Bato

    14 November 2016


    Boxing champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao called on President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Monday, more than a week after his win against Mexican-American boxer Jessie Vargas. The president arrived at the Music Room to meet Pacquiao at around 6:40 p.m. Before the start of the meeting, Duterte raised the hands of Pacquiao and joked that the boxer can become the president ... Duterte was heard telling Pacquiao that he was right in defending Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, who is in hot water for accepting free boxing tickets and an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas.

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/14/1643756/duterte-pacquiao-defending-bato
     
  9. Diablo

    Diablo Administrator Staff Member

    The Philippines will never be free of corruption unless the cleansing starts at the top.

    This is hilarious. They are claiming that if you go to another country to accept a gift or bribe, it's ok. Of course the "little people" usually can't afford to travel; it's not a hindrance for the self-anointed ruling class.

    Sotto: Bato did no wrong

    16 November 2016


    Citing the opinion of lawyers and a judge he had talked to, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said on Tuesday that Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa could not have violated a Philippine law since he was abroad when he accepted an all-expense-paid trip to Las Vegas last week from Sen. Manny Pacquiao. “The issue here is that it did not happen here but in Las Vegas,” Sotto told reporters, referring to the ongoing investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman of the police official’s possible breach of Republic Act no. 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/844677/sotto-bato-did-no-wrong
     

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