Barry Gutierrez: Grading the President on his Understanding of Anti-Corruption Laws

Over the past few weeks, the President has insisted in various public statements, that “gifts” accepted by public officials in the course of their duties should not be considered as “bribes,” and therefore are not prohibited by law. The President, more recently, has even attempted to cite legal authority to support his contention, insisting that he quoted the “very words [of the] anti-graft and corrupt practices [act]. [And that] there are exemptions: ‘nominal’ and I used the word ‘nominal’ and ‘out of gratitude.’”