- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa may face charges for possible violation of Republic Act 6713 after accepting a gifted trip from Senator Manny Pacquiao
- The PNP chief defended himself by claiming ignorance on the illegality of accepting the senator's invitation to watch his comeback fight in Las Vegas
- The boxer and senator had defended the police chief by saying that it was an honor for his friends to accept his personal invitation
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa defended his all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas by claiming ignorance of the law on Friday, November 11.
Upon the invitation of Senator Manny Pacquiao, Dela Rosa has gone to Las Vegas with his family to watch the senator's comeback fight against American boxer Jessie Vargas.
In a statement released by the PNP Chief, he was quoted saying, "Sala diay to? Makulong ako para sa imbitasyon... ang importante hindi yun kurakot na kwarta.”
(That is a sin? I'll be jailed for an invitation... What's important is it's not for stealing money [from the public])
Bato has earlier said that he is really thankful that it was paid for by the senator and has expressed disregard for propriety.
"Bahala na ang propriety na iyan (I don’t care about propriety.) All I know is it’s free so I grabbed the opportunity. After all, we both came from poverty. We had this vacation and we’re really happy about it,” Bato had said.
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The PNP chief is to face an anti-graft probe by the Office of the Ombudsman for possible violation of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
RA 6713 prohibits public officials and employees for accepting "directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person."
The senator had already defended the police chief and his other friends, saying that their presence had been an honor for him.
Blatant disregard for propriety has seemingly become a norm in public office, and even in the community - as this girl even auctioned off her own virginity, in exchange for personal gains.
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