VP Leni reminds cops not to accept bribes

VP Leni reminds cops not to accept bribes

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo exercising the duties of her office gave a simple reminder to the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) not to accept bribes, especially those parties involved with cases they are handling.

“It’s also forbidden to borrow money from a person involved in a case you’re handling,” Robredo said on her weekly Sunday radio show in RMN-DZXL. 

This was the reaction of Robredo regarding the statement made by president Rodrigo Roa Duterte wherein the latter said there would be no problem if police officers were to accept gifts from people showing their appreciation for their assistance.

Vice President Leni Robredo
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“It is not bribery because it is allowed by the law. What I mean is if there is generosity. And then the anti-graft law says you cannot accept gifts. That’s nonsense,” the President, speaking partly in Filipino, said

“Biased” this is how the Vice President categorized these policemen who would accept bribes from those involved in their cases.

Robredo cited Section 7(D) of the Code of Conduct And Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act No. 6713), which prohibits the solicitation or acceptance of gifts.

That section says: “Public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office.”

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Report from PDI

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