BAGUIO CITY — How does the condonation doctrine affect in the fight against corruption?
This was one of the important questions thrown by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno while she was grilling during the oral arguments Atty. Sandra Coronel, the counsel of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay, Jr.
Under the said doctrine, an elective official cannot anymore be disciplined on administrative violations committed during his first term.
Sereno interpellated that through the condonation doctrine the government is considered as serious in its fight against corruption?
In fact, Sereno said, 17 states in the United States of America have already abolished the condonation doctrine because the accusations of wrongdoing against an elective official may not be known to the voters when such official is re-elected into office.
The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the condonation doctrine, which originated from America, in its decision in 1959 in the case of “Pascual vs. Provincial Board of Nueva Ecija”.
Sereno also reminded Coronel that she needs to face her own conscience, stressing the importance of promoting the principle of integrity and honesty in government service.