It continues to intrigue me, this phenomenon of otherwise unrelated social events falling into place, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Or – since I have been accustomed to it anyway – like all those various scenarios of montage coming together in one amazingly cohesive whole you call cinema.
The Office of the Ombudsman upholds its decision finding merit in the graft case that House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed against Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo. Alvarez alleges in his complaint that Floirendo violates Section 3 (h) of RA 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, for continuing to be baoard member of Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco) despite his election as congressman. Shortly after, the Speaker throws a party quite reminiscent of the one Nero in 64 AD indulged in, fiddling, as the story goes, while Rome burned. Was this a celebration already, too, of that decision approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on January 15?
At any rate, for that Alvarez earns the flak of certain quarters of the media, like this one from Solita Collas-Monsod, who in her characteristic vibrant vitriolic vibe wrote in “To lead a modest life” Inquirerdotnet (January 27, 2018), citing among others:
“Article XI of the 1987 Constitution on the Accountability of Public Officers provides: Section 1. Public office is a public trust… Public officers must at all times be accountable to the people and serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, … and lead modest lives.’ (emphasis provided)
“In Republic Act 6713, or ‘An Act Establishing the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees…,’ Section 4 (h) says: Public officials and their families shall lead modest lives…. They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form.’ (emphasis provided) Further, one of the definitions of corruption is ‘the use of public office for private gain.’
Solita, of course, is referring to the grand features of the much-ballyhooed 60th birthday celebration of the House Speaker: food and drinks galore all that week long, a free concert on Tuesday with top-rate showbiz performers, spectacular fireworks in the Friday finale event, and a coterie of political luminaries led by President Rodrigo Duterte no less and counting Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Senate President Koko Pimentel, Representatives Rodolfo Fariñas, Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Gwendolyn Garcia, etc.
Read the full original article at The Manila Times.