Solons want to criminalize illicit enrichmentof public officials and employees
Government officials and employees found to have enriched themselves while in public service through unlawful acquisition of properties should be prosecuted under a billcriminalizing such an illegal act.Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, agayan de !ro ity" authored #ouse $ill%&'%, which sees to criminalize the unlawful acquisition of a public officer or employeeof funds or property which is manifestly out of proportion to his salary, his other lawfulincome and income from legitimately acquired property.Rodriguez said the bill could be an effective deterrent against the acquisition of public officers and employees of ill)gotten wealth.*+he criminalization of illicit enrichment will add more teeth- to the law as thethreat of imprisonment and payment of fines will dissuade public officers and employeesfrom amassing wealth at the epense of the public,/ Rodriguez said.Rep. 0aimo Rodriguez, 1r. (arty)list, 3bante 0indanao" said the bill is inconsonance with the declared policy of the 4tate that public office is a public trust. ublicofficers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people and serve themwith utmost responsibility and integrity, Rodriguez, a co)author of the bill, said.Rodriguez said the 4tate has a right to recover from public officials or employees,as well as their transferees or nominees, properties that were not lawfully acquired bythem. Republic 3ct 5o. 6'&7 or *3n 3ct Declaring 8orfeiture 9n 8avor of the 4tate 3nyroperty 8ound to #ave $een :nlawfully 3cquired by 3ny ublic !fficer !r ;mployee3nd roviding 8or +he roceedings +herefor,/ aims to enforce this right of the 4tate, headded.*<hile R3 5o. 6'&7 provides a procedure for forfeiture to be followed when said public officials or employees amass, accumulate, or acquire uneplained wealth, andimposes upon them the penalty of forfeiture of the properties unlawfully acquired, saidlaw does not criminalize their acts of unlawful acquisition of said properties,/ Rodriguezstressed.:nder the measure, any public officer or employee who illegally enrich himself through the unlawful acquisition of properties shall be penalized with 62 yearsimprisonment or a fine not eceeding twice the amount of the property illegally acquired,or both, perpetual absolute disqualification from public office and confiscation or forfeiture in favor of the government of the unlawfully acquired properties.
NR # 3571AUG 27, 2014