Transparency in the Remulla Case
The arrest of the son of Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla on charges of illegal possession (and importation) of a high-class prohibited drug known as “kush” has put the latter to the test. Apprehending PDEA agents allegedly only knew that he was the Justice Secretary’s son after the fact. The Justice Secretary for his part has issued statements reassuring the public that he will not in any way intervene in the charges against his son.
There is a clear conflict of interest here causing doubts to arise, that may not be assuaged by the mere issuance of such statements. Beyond reassurance, total transparency in the handling of the case is called for, with Remulla not heeding calls for resignation and putting pressure, however unintended, just by his mere presence as DOJ Secretary.
Conflicts of interest happen when any individual’s personal interests, even in our ordinary professional lives, involving family, friends or other factors- has the potential of compromising one’s judgments or decisions. From experience we know that we all have interests that could affect the way we do our jobs in the workplace, and especially because of the nature of relationships involved, it may sometimes appear that something is being compromised even though such may not be the case. Perception comes into play here. Hence, transparency becomes essential in managing such cases.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
“TRANSPARENCY MEANS THAT MY MOTIVES ARE EASILY PERCEIVED. NO HIDDEN AGENDA AND I PROVE IT THROUGH MY ACTIONS” - PAMELA SAUNDERS
FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“WHOEVER CONCEALS HIS TRANSGRESSIONS WILL NOT PROSPER” - PROVERBS 28:13