Star wars log – betraying the public trust

One fictional case illustrates betrayal of public trust. As argued by the Prosecution:

“The law is a wonderful thing, until it gets twisted into an absurdity. That is why the Civil Code provides: ‘In case of doubt in the interpretation or application of laws, it is presumed that the lawmaking body intended right and justice to prevail.’ (Article 10).

“If we are then to accept the theory of the defense, it is right and just and intended by our lawmakers that public officials take undue advantage of a bank secrecy statute to defeat their basic duty of accountability under the Constitution. That kind of reasoning is in, by, and of itself a betrayal of public trust. That is all.”

Yes, dear Bugs and Elmer. That’s all.

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2 thoughts on “Star wars log – betraying the public trust

  1. ADDENDUM:

    Per the 1987 Constitution: ‘A public officer or employee shall, upon assumption of office and as often thereafter as may be required by law, submit a declaration under oath of his assets, liabilities, and net worth. In the case of the President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Cabinet, the Congress, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Commissions and other constitutional offices, and officers of the armed forces with general or flag rank, the declaration shall be disclosed to the public in the manner provided by law.’ Art. XI, Sec. 17.

    The construction to justify non-disclosure because of a bank secrecy law has nothing to do with ‘as may be required by law’ in Art. XI, Sec. 17. The phrase in the constitution clearly refers to the matter of HOW OFTEN a SALN must be filed.

    Neither does it make sense to interpret ‘law’ to mean the bank secrecy statutes, in the phrase ‘the declaration shall be disclosed to the public in the manner provided by law.” Law here refers to HOW TO DISCLOSE the SALN to the public, and not to how the public officer FILLS IN OR MAKES his SALN declaration.

    Seriously. That’s all folks, again.

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