THE people have a right to know if a public official, whether aspiring to be Prez or not, receives gifts, which is illegal even during Christmas, under tough P.D. No. 46 of Nov. 10, 1972, “[m]aking it punishable for public officials and employees to receive, and for private persons to give, gifts on any occasion, including Christmas.”
It is interdicted also by Sec. 7 (d) of R.A. No. 6713.
One who gives gifts or bribes and testifies is immune from prosecution under P.D. No. 749, qualifying the earlier P.D. No. 46’s forbidding “persons to give.”