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Anong libro ba binabasa mo? Robredo snaps back at Duterte for ‘hindi nagbabasa’ remark

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Vice President Leni Robredo proved herself to be well-versed with the law, as she reiterated that government officials and employees are prohibited from accepting any form of gifts.

Robredo issued the comment as President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted her for criticizing him when he said policemen may accept gifts of nominal value if they were given out of generosity.

In a seeming attempt to undermine Robredo’s knowledge on the matter, Duterte chided the Vice President, saying: “Kung ikaw ang Presidente ng Pilipinas, patay. You do not even read a book.”

But Robredo, who spent years as a public interest lawyer, reiterated that there are several laws that prohibit this practice.

“[E]wan ko lang kung anong libro iyong hindi ko nabasa,” the Vice President shot back. “Pero very specific naman. Iyong batas, iyong wording niya, hindi naman nagli-leave ng any doubt na sinasabing bawal talaga.”

Robredo then cited these laws—Section 7 of the Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees; Presidential Decree 46 issued in 1972; and articles on direct and indirect bribery under the Revised Penal Code.

There are exceptions, however, according to Robredo, including scholarship grants given by private organizations, or gifts given by family and friends.

“Sa practice, ang hindi bawal iyong galing sa sarili mong pamilya, iyong mga dati mong kaibigan na hindi naman konektado sa trabaho mo, iyong mga customary na hindi connected sa trabaho. Pero iyong statement niya kasi narinig mo naman sinasabi niya by reason of your work, eh—ayon iyong bawal,” she said.

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