26.4 C
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Home News Latest Stories DoJ calls on Civil Service to draft guidelines on ‘significant gifts’

DoJ calls on Civil Service to draft guidelines on ‘significant gifts’


THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has asked the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to draft guidelines to determine what “significant gifts” government officials and employees may accept.

President Rodrigo Duterte had said that policemen were allowed to accept gifts, rather than commit extortion.

In an interview by DoJ reporters, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, said that the term “significant” or “insignificant” was relative. He said that it should depend on the situation and circumstance.

He cited that a P100, 000-gift was big but one has to look at the circumstance behind it.

“There is no definition of the “significant” and “insignificant” values so that is pretty relative. Depends on the actual circumstances or situation. Pero sympere kung tutuusin parang may kalakihan ang P100,000. But as I said it really depends on particular circumstances of each case,” he said.

The DoJ chief said that he has no specific instructions for his department, must only abide under existing laws .

“No specific instructions, but we just follow what is provided for under the anti-graft and corrupt practices act as well as the Code of Ethical Standards for Public Officers ,” Guevarra stressed.

Among the norms to be considered are the context of friendship and gratitude when a gift would have been given to a government officer.

“Depende nga kung ano what context binigyan ng certain amount. Example, out of gratitude or out of friendship but not to influence any official act. Sa tingin ko may konting leeway ang public officers kung di naman intended to influence the official action expected from that public officer,” he said.

He said that culture and traditions of Filipinos must also be considered as well.

Kasi Filipino culture din tayo (We also have the Filipino culture so we have to respect our traditions, our customs na parang sa atin yan na kung tuwing may occasion nagbibigay tayo regalo sa ating kaibigan na nagkataon opisyal (that are part of us, that everytime there is a occasion, we give a gift to a friend who sometimes turns out to be government official) for many situations wala naman ibig sabihin yun. It is just a sign of friendship, a sign of gratitude except kung talaga purpose is to influence the official.”  JOMAR CANLAS


Duterte names head of 2020 Hajj Mission to Saudi Arabia

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has designated the secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipino (NCMF) as Amirul Hajj for Hajj Mission 2020 to the...

Sarah Brightman to perform in PH in June

British classical and theater singer Sarah Brightman will hold a concert in the Philippines in June this year. On Monday night, Brightman, known for portraying...

Bryant’s helicopter flew in fog that grounded other choppers

CALABASAS, California: The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed into a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions...

‘Draconian’ travel curbs needed to halt spread of virus – scientists

HONG KONG: Governments need to implement "draconian" travel curbs to stop a mystery coronavirus in China becoming a global epidemic, a team of experts...

China extends holiday to buy time as virus keeps spreading

WUHAN, China: China on Monday extended its biggest national holiday to buy time in the fight against a viral epidemic, as the death toll spiked...

Today’s Front Page January 27, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 27, 2020