Palace: Gifts to cops for a ‘job well done’ not bribery

13-Aug-2019 Intellasia | UNTV News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Malacanang maintains stand that giving gifts to cops for their honest performance on duty is not a form of bribery nor against the law.

“Unsolicited gifts of nominal or insignificant value not given in anticipation of, or in exchange for, a favour from a public official or employee is likewise an exemption under Republic Act No. 6713, or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned on August 10, 2019 that it wouldn’t be wrong if police officers would accept gifts from people who gave it out of gratitude.

“Well, basta kung bigyan kayo, tanggapin ninyo. It is not bribery because it cannot be bribery because it is allowed by law. What I mean, if there is generosity in them,” the President said.

“Sabi ng anti-graft [law] you cannot accept gifts? Kalokohan iyan (That’s foolish). I know that, especially the police, if you are able to solve a crime and the family would like to be generous to you or would nurture a feeling of gratitude for what you’ve accomplished, then by all means, accept it,” he added.

Gift giving, Panelo said, is simply an appreciation for something good that has been done by a law enforcer especially for risking his life to maintain peace and order in a community.

“The giving of the gift is simply an appreciation by a thankful community for a job well done performed by the law enforcers whose lives flirt with death every time they step out of their homes,” Panelo said.

Such gesture, likewise, will add inspiration to other policemen to also perform well in their jobs and to improve in their work.

Panelo stressed that the President, being a lawyer himself, knows fully what is lawful and what it against the law.


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