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A. General principles

1. NATURE OF PUBLIC OFFICE

a. Public office, a public trust

Public office is a public trust. (Section 1, Article XI, 1987 Constitution)

Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with the utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives. (Section 32, Chapter 9, Book I, E.O. 292, Administrative Code of 1987)

b. Accountable at all times

Public officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives. (Section 1, Article XI, 1987 Constitution)

c. Allegiance at all times; Change of citizenship during tenure

Public officers and employees owe the State and this Constitution allegiance at all times. (Section 18, Article XI, Ibid.)

Any public officer or employee who seeks to change his citizenship or acquire the status of an immigrant of another country during his tenure shall be dealt with by law. (Ibid.)

2. POLICY ON CHANGE OF CITIZENSHIP

Public officers and employees owe the Senate and the Constitution allegiance at all times, and any public officer or employee who seeks to change his citizenship or acquire the status of an immigrant of another country during his tenure shall be dealt with by law. (Section 33, Chapter 9, Book I, E.O. 292, Administrative Code of 1987)

3. DECLARATION OF ASSETS, LIABILITIES, AND NET WORTH

A public officer or employee shall upon assumption of office and as often thereafter as may be required by law, submit a declaration under oath of his assets, liabilities, and net worth. (Section 34, Ibid.)

4. ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT

All public officers and employees shall be bound by a Code of Ethics to be promulgated by the Civil Service Commission. (Section 35, Ibid.)

5. INHIBITION AGAINST PURCHASE OF PROPERTY AT TAX SALE

No officer or employee of the government shall purchase directly or indirectly any property sold by the government for the non-payment of any tax, fee or other public charge. Any such purchase by an officer or employee shall be void. (Section 36, Ibid.)

6. POWERS INCIDENTAL TO TAKING OF TESTIMONY

When authority to take testimony or receive evidence is conferred upon any administrative officer or any non-judicial person, committee, or other body, such authority shall include the power to administer oaths, summon witnesses, and require the production of documents by a subpoena duces tecum. (Section 37, Ibid.)

7. LIABILITY OF SUPERIOR OFFICERS

1) A public officer shall not be civilly liable for acts done in the performance of his official duties, unless there is a clear showing of bad faith, malice or gross negligence.

2) Any public officer who, without just cause, neglects to perform a duty within a period fixed by law or regulation, or within a reasonable period if none is fixed, shall be liable for damages to the private party concerned without prejudice to such other liability as may be prescribed by law.

3) A head of a department or a superior officer shall not be civilly liable for the wrongful acts, omissions of duty, negligence, or misfeasance of his subordinates, unless he has actually authorized by written order the specific act or misconduct complained of. (Section 38, Ibid.)

8. LIABILITY OF SUBORDINATE OFFICERS

No subordinate officer or employee shall be civilly liable for acts done by him in good faith in the performance of his duties. However, he shall be liable for willful or negligent acts done by him which are contrary to law, morals, public policy and good customs even if he acted under orders or instructions of his superiors. (Section 39, Ibid.)

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