A website post claims that outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo is liable for graft for using the resources of the Office of the Vice President (OVP) for her planned NGO once she leaves office. (https://pinoytrendingnews.net/is-leni-robredo-liable-for…/)
This is false.
Robredo only announced the creation of the Angat Buhay NGO, but there is no indication that Robredo has already used OVP or government resources for this organization, which is patterned after the Angat Buhay program but comprised of volunteers.(https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/…/robredo-to-raise…).
That she said she will wait for July 1 to initiate it meant that she knew she will be flagged if she used government money for it.
Under Republic Act 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, there are 11 corrupt practices that a person in public office may undertake that are considered unlawful.
The closest applicable would be provision E, which disallows individuals in public office from “giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions.”
The said provision applies to officers and offices charged with the grant of licenses, permits, or other concessions.
While Robredo has engaged in talks with potential NGO partners while in office, there is no indication that any of the 11 provisions have been violated.
Robredo is also yet to formally assume a position as the head of the NGO as she is still in office as Vice President. The NGO itself does not formally exist either.
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