Davide: ‘Give my kickbacks to the poor’

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

CEBU Governor Hilario Davide III said Saturday that since he assumed office six months ago, he hasn't taken any commission (commonly called kickbacks) from projects implemented by the Cebu Provincial Government.

“If there’s one who will offer me a percentage on projects being implemented, I will tell him to give it to a needy barangay as part of their corporate social responsibility,” Davide said.

Davide said the Office of the Governor is a public trust. The Constitution requires its holder to be accountable to the people at all times and to serve them with utmost responsibility, loyalty, efficiency and integrity, he said.


Speaking before an estimated 1,000 people during the Grand Regional Joint Breakfast of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals BCBP), Davide said the Constitution also requires the governor to act with patriotism and justice and to lead a modest life.

Ricardo Villanueva, BCBP regional council director, said honesty is their advocacy and that Davide and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma were invited to discuss it.

Last year, the guests in the grand breakfasts in Luzon were President Benigno Aquino III and Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the archbishop of Manila.


Alla Larot, also of BCBP, said their members who attended the grand breakfast came from their eight chapters in Cebu.

Davide said that in public service, honesty is a commitment to public interest, to the principles of good governance, and to the moral principles that define the commitments of government officials’ social contract with the people.

He said honor is a broadly encompassing tenet.

“It calls public servants to exhibit excellence in virtue. It is the failure to be honorable that raises the character question in the eyes of the public,” Davide said.

“In my inaugural speech last June 30, I promised our fellow Cebuanos an honest Capitol. I intend to keep that promise,” Davide said.


He said he read somewhere that for societies to function adequately, social interaction must be based on an assumption of honesty, truth and the keeping of promises and commitments.

“This is particularly true of the relationship between members of society and their powerful institutions especially government.

Therefore, the highest standards of honesty and integrity must be the cornerstone of any ethics of public service,” Davide said.

He said that when temptations come, he asks God to make him patient, humble and honest. He said God made him governor and for whatever reason, he will accept it.

At the end of his speech, Davide sounded emotional and asked Palma to pray for him.

Palma, in his speech, said, he was touched when Davide asked for his prayer.

“I thought that was a humble and Christian gesture. To ask for prayer in front of the public is an act of a person who is guided by the Holy Spirit, an act of a humble person,” Palma said.


Palma reminded public officials that integrity, honesty and truthfulness is a must in their mission.

“Jesus Christ is the truth and the life. So, we must be true to our living, thinking, speaking or doing or acting. We are called to be holy,” Palma said.

“As we gather here today, we don’t only share the food that we partake, we also share the friendship, and that is important in the journey of life. If we reach for others, and if we work in the service of God and the community, we can feel the love of the Lord,” Palma said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 05, 2014.

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