Morales refutes Sara Duterte’s remarks: Constitution requires public officers to be honest

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No less than the 1987 Constitution requires public officers to be honest, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said in response to presidential daughter Sara Duterte’s recent remarks that justified her candidates’ dishonesty.

“The word ‘honesty’ is in the Constitution, which explicitly declares that ‘the State shall maintain honesty and integrity in the public service,'” Morales said in a statement.

She also pointed out that public officers have the obligation to uphold the Constitution as part of their oath.

“Honesty is, therefore, a matter of oath derived from legal sources, not a matter of option driven by market forces,” she added.

Morales also warned voters about the need to demand honesty from the candidates.

“If we do not exact or demand honesty in our candidates, we might end up voting for fake public servants who are dishonest and will betray the public trust for personal gain,” she said.

Duterte on March 6 shrugged off the controversy faced by Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, the daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos who falsely claimed that she graduated from Princeton University and the University of the Philippines College of Law despite both institutions disowning her.

“Not one candidate there doesn’t lie, so they should not be making an issue out of honesty,” Duterte said.

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