The Philippines responded to comments by a cabinet chief that the public did not need to know the source of funds for the president’s weekend trip to Singapore where the latter watched a racing event.
Newly appointed Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin On Tuesday, he defended the president Ferdinand Marcos Jr.attendance at 2022 Singapore Grand Prix Barely a week after Hurricane Karding (international name: Nuru) hit parts of Luzon, especially its central region.
The retired chief justice said Marcos met “many people who are closely related to our business activities or the running of our government.”
Bersamin also said the source of funding for the trip was “irrelevant”.
“…whether it’s a fully paid trip or not,” he said, “is irrelevant.”
Bersamin was also quoted as saying, “It’s so far-fetched, it’s not appropriate to ask at all, to ask Kong Sinu Ang Gomastus… Basta do something for us.”
“We have no direct knowledge [of] How it was financed, but I’m sure if it’s the president’s trip, you don’t have to be too specific about the source of the money because he was still doing his job as president when he was abroad, though it is not an official state visit.
Bersamin added that the weekend outing “wasn’t obscene” and that it was a “special time for Marcus”.
“Let’s say it’s his private time because he chose to go there for a specific purpose, to watch (the race), that was his primary (goal). But he can also go there for other purposes, just as important.
You shouldn’t call it a state visit. However, it is no less covered by this law which holds great importance and value for the welfare of the First Dynasty, added Bersamin, referring to the administrative law.
He went on to say that people “have a right” to their private times and private moments.
“If you love to do something, don’t be swayed or influenced by others who may not agree with you,” Bersamyn said.
When asked about the tangible benefits he derived from Marcos’ trip, the cabinet official said it was too early to know.
Meanwhile, the CEO said his trip was aimed at “pushing the business.”
“They say golf is the best way to grow a business, but I say it’s Formula 1,” Marcus wrote on Facebook on Monday.
“What a productive weekend! We had the pleasure of being invited with so many distinguished personalities and meeting new business friends who have shown they are ready and willing to invest in the Philippines.”
Marcos with the first lady Lisa Araneta Marcosrepresentative of his son. Sandro Marcos (Ilocos Norte, 1st District) and his cousin the Speaker Martin Romualdez (Leyte, District 1), are seen watching the Formula 1 car race that took place last Sunday.
Some Filipinos raised several questions about transparency after the palace initially said Marcos had “intensified” bilateral talks with the city-state on the unannounced trip.
The president went to Singapore for a state visit last month.
Meanwhile, some questioned the presence of the Marcos family and his cousin, while others questioned whether “public funds” were used on the trip after the palace said the trip included the president’s promotion of such talks.
“Is this confirmation that the trip was funded with taxpayer money???” a Twitter users asked by
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Persamina’s comment about the source of funding for the Singapore trip did not satisfy some Filipinos. Others reminded the Economic and Social Council (ESC) that such matters involving public officials are relevant to citizens.
‘Package is irrelevant to civil servant’ Yan? “a Twitter users asked when the executive secretary said it was “irrelevant” to the discussion.
“This is relevant because the Filipino people [deserve] To know because he is a public servant and not a private citizen,” Else Benoy She responded to Bersamine.
“Irrelevant? We are the taxpayers [would] I like to know! ‘Young half of a ng araw mo kumakayod para [lang] Makasahod and the government get 30%+ of that hard earned money tapos inappropriately! “Else Twitter users reaction.
Another Filipino reminded Bersameen of Article 11 of 1987 Constitution of the PhilippinesWhich refers to “the accountability of public officials”.
“Remember long natin his es na dating SCCJ [Supreme Court Chief Justice],” The the account He said, sharing a screenshot of a particular article.
“The public office is a public secretariat. State officials and civil servants must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty and competence, act with patriotism and justice and lead a modest life,” reads part of the article.
“The president, vice president, members of the Supreme Court, members of the Constitutional Committees and the Ombudsman can be removed from their positions on the basis of accusation and conviction of a criminal violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft, corruption and other major crimes or breach of public trust.
The president, as the country’s highest official, has a constitutional mandate to “serve and protect the people”, as he is elected by the Filipinos themselves.
It is also expected to protect the Constitution, which is the fundamental law of the nation.