PHILIPPINE Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has ordered an investigation to determine whether or not Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa violated a provision of Republic Act 6713 (the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials) after publicly admitting early this week that he received an all expense paid travel to Las Vegas from Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Specifically, the Ombudsman will look into Dela Rosa’s possible violation of Section 7 of the said R.A. which prohibits solicitation or acceptance of gifts by public officials and employees.
Section 7 Paragraph D of R.A. 6713 says: “Solicitation or acceptance of gifts. – Public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by the functions of their office.”
Dela Rosa, shortly after arriving from Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday told newsmen that the money he spent on the trip was not his but of Sen. Pacquiao. He said he went to Las Vegas to watch Sen. Pacquiao’s championship bout.
“I am really thankful. That trip was not from my personal money. It was Senator Manny’s…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 (he and Pacquiao) both came from poverty. We had this vacation and we’re really happy about it,” Dela Rosa said after learning of the criticisms that he violated the law.