By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Administrative and disciplinary cases may stem from a failure
to uphold ethical standards against any public servant.
Senator Win Gatchalian issued this warning after an official from a
government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) supervised by the
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) was seen to have
been “drinking alcohol” while virtually attending the Senate budget
deliberations Monday night as witnessed by the Senate
“Mahigpit ang tagubilin ng Civil Service Commission (CSC) sa
pagbabawal sa pag-inom (ng alak) ng mga empleyado ng gobyerno sa
opisina lalo na sa oras ng trabaho. May kaukulang parusa ito na
suspensyon o pagkatanggal sa serbisyo sa ikalawang beses na
pagkakamali,” he stressed.
Gatchalian, who called the attention of the improper behavior
displayed by APO Production Unit sales and marketing manager Dominic
Tajon in the middle of the budget debates, emphasized that he was
considered on official duty while attending the hybrid plenary
Initially, Gatchalian called out Tajon telling him to adhere to proper
virtual etiquette as he was observed to have been moving around
distracting the senators who were physically attending the plenary
Minority Leader Franklin Drilon was quick to say that Tajon was
drinking liquor based on the information he received and which was
confirmed by the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.
“Such was an utter display of disrespect to the plenary proceedings
and the Senate as an institution,” Gatchalian said.
Professionalism is one of the eight norms of conduct of public
officials and employees under Section 4 (A) of Republic Act 6713 or
the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and
Employees, he emphasized.
“Public officers and employees should perform and discharge their
duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism,
intelligence and skill. They must serve the public with utmost
devotion and dedication to duty. They are expected not to waste
company hours whenever they are in their workplace and likewise
expected to respond in the exigency of the service and perform other
tasks that need to be accomplished,” Gatchalian said quoting CSC