Palace reminds public servants: Observe due process

January 13, 2014 9:05 am 

MANILA, Jan. 12 — Malacañang on Sunday reminded public servants to observe due process in dealing with violators of the law, including rice smuggling.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino administration follows the principle of being a government of laws and not of men.

"Kailangan naman po ang lahat ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan, sila man ay nasa pambansa o sa lokal na pamahalaan, ay kilalanin ang mga proseso ng batas dahil tayo po ay government of laws, not of men (Government officials, whether they are with the national or local government, should observe the processes of the law because we are a government of laws and not of men)," Coloma said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He was referring to reports that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had threatened rice smugglers with death, in a bid to protect the interests of farmers.

Coloma said the Palace is confident Duterte is aware of his responsibilities as a public official.

"At paalala lang sa lahat ng mga lingkod-bayan na tayo po ang dapat na magpairal ng rule of law (For our part, what we want is for public servants to observe the rule of law)," he said. (PNA)

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