28 October 2014

Thanks for the Apology, But No Thanks

Governor's Apology
If Philippines do not have public officials that are aware of Republic Act No. 6713 otherwise known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees," then this country is really in trouble.

How can anybody in government service fail to uphold the basic tenets of the law and even had the gall to justify their behavior that contradicts it. Not all public service employees are guilty, but one particular case was brought to the limelight after the spouse revealed the blatant violation of the law.

Josefina Tallado aka Josie, wife of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado, revealed to the public that she deliberately hid for a few days from her husband for fear of her life. She said her husband accused her of leaking photos of the governor and her alleged 24-year old mistress online.

"Siya po yung bagong kinalolokohan ni governor," she said about the woman in the scandalous sex photos with the governor and currently proliferating in several social media outlets.

Governor Tallado has since apologized to his family and his constituents, but still failed to do the most honorable thing to do for people in his position: RESIGN.

The governor said he still wants to fix his marriage with his wife. He also apologized to the woman who was captured in the leaked photos kissing him.

"Kung ako po ay nagkamali, tao lang po ako. May kahinaan din po ako. Ito po ay sana unawain nating lahat," he said.

Well, we understand you governor. We thank you for admitting that you are weak. Now do as a good favor and step down from office.

The governor also asked for a stop to the spread of the scandalous photos and video, even as he promised that he will continue his work as the province's governor.

"Doon po sa akin mga kalaban sa pulitika, tigilan na po ninyo yung pagkakakalat ng mga pino-post niyo po sa Facebook at anu man dahil napakalaswa po niyan. Wala pong kinalaman sa trabaho ko po iyan. Tuligsain niyo po ako kung ang trabaho ko po ay may kinalaman," he said.

I think the governor is confused now. He admitted that the photos posted in Facebook are LEWD. He was quoted and recorded as saying that the act itself is LEWD and yet he freely and happily took part in it. Does that not speak volume about the personality, values, morals and attitude of Governor Tallado?

One advice to the governor: In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our lust for sex by drinking from the cup of flesh and loose morals.

Also, the governor wants us to believe that it doesn’t have anything to do with his job as the father-figure of the province. That’s where he lost track of the basic provisions of RA 6173.

Section 4 of the law which tackled "Norms of Conduct of Public Officials and Employees," it was stated there that (c), “Public officials and employees shall remain true to the people at all times. They must act with justness and sincerity and shall not discriminate against anyone, especially the poor and the underprivileged. They shall at all times respect the rights of others, and shall refrain from doing acts contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety and public interest. ...”

I guess it’s time to remind the governor again that the most honorable thing to do right now is resign, unless he wants to suffer the ultimate humiliation come the 2016 national and local elections.