Contrast that to Calida, who not only chose NOT to divest but has been somewhat belligerent in asserting there’s no problem even if his company bags multi-million peso government contracts. Anyway, whether or not Calida should have divested could become a constitutional question.
And the presidential palace says he does not need to divest. I guess they don’t make public officials like they used to?
In the end, Concepcion decided to resign while protesting he did. Roque is perhaps engaged in misdirection when he says Calida is not violating the Constitution.
You see, Roque cites Article XI on the – which does contain nothing about divestment.
be financially interested in any contract with, or in any franchise, or special privilege granted by the Government or any subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, or their subsidiaries.
The pertinent section, in the case of Sol Gen Calida, is the second sentence which states: Let’s break it down: The subject here is “They” – meaning, “The President, Vice-President, the Member of the Cabinet, and their deputies or assistants.” Clearly, Calida being a member of the Cabinet is included in the subject “They”.
The sentence is a complex one which can be broken down further into this: They shall not, during said tenure, directly or indirectly, Now let us see what “they” are not supposed to be “financially interested” in.
And the fact that it is the Sol Gen involved makes the case doubly sad.
♦ ♦ ♦ The 1987 Constitution did not give any penalty to top Cabinet officials who violate the conflict of interest clause.