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or be financially interested in any contract with, or in any franchise, or special privilege granted by the Government or any subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, or their subsidiaries.They shall strictly avoid conflict of interest in the conduct of their office. I remember my dad telling me to first look for the main subject and verb in trying to discern what a sentence in the Constitution could mean.Contrast that to Calida, who not only chose NOT to divest but has been somewhat belligerent in asserting there’s no problem even if his company bags multi-million peso government contracts. Anyway, whether or not Calida should have divested could become a constitutional question.And the presidential palace says he does not need to divest. I guess they don’t make public officials like they used to?
be financially interested in any contract with, or in any franchise, or special privilege granted by the Government or any subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, or their subsidiaries.
I felt infinitely sad and could not believe my ears when I heard presidential spokesman Harry Roque defend the fact that the security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida had cornered over P150 million worth of contracts in six government agencies.
Roque, a former constitutional law professor, said: “I don’t think mere ownership of stock certificates is prohibited by the Constitution.” Yes it is. This is a special section on “conflict of interest” which covers only the top members of the Executive Department.
This clause clearly bans VISAI, which continues to be owned by Calida, from entering into a contract with ANY government entity.
I had often wondered why this particular conflict of interest ban is only for top officials of the executive branch.
I also heard Roque say during his press briefing that Sol Gen Calida did not hide but disclosed his shares in Vigilant Investigative Security Agency Inc.