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Thursday, February 20, 2014


A PROVISION in the Civil Code says that ignorance of the law excuses no one. With more reason that ignorance of the Constitution, the fundamental law, excuses no one.
Under the Constitution, our government, which was patterned from the United States, is a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

That is why at the top of the Capitol building is engraved the words, “The authority of the government emanates from the people.”

The Constitution says that sovereignty resides in the people. In short, all public officials, elected or appointed, are servants of the people.

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They are called servants because a public office is a public trust and the public officer or official is accountable to the people.

In fact, before a public official assumes office, he has to take an oath to uphold the
Constitution.

But these things are forgotten or are simply ignored by most public officials, officers or government employees.

There are offices in government that, instead of giving comfort and convenience to the people who are the cutomers of their services, they are oppressing them and making it hard, difficult and almost impossible to avail of their services.

If people would like to avail of their services, they have to come as early as before morning office hours just to get a priority number.

Government offices should avoid oppressing the people. Because, as public servants, their sworn duty is to perform satisfactory service to the best of their ability.

Public officials who are already with “power” for having been elected or appointed to their offices should not abuse their power or authority.

They should not make their offices an instrument of injustice, discrimination, personal bias and vendetta and other hidden motives.

They should serve with utmost impartiality, setting aside personal bias and ill-
feelings towards the object of their hatred, envy or jealousy.

That is the meaning of the gesture of President Noynoy Aquino when he said, “Kayo ang boss ko!”--Atty. Conchito E. Germino of Paknaan, Mandaue City

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 20, 2014.

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