HOUSE leaders are now considering expanding the scope of the anti-nepotism law following the brouhaha love affair of a senator and her bodyguard-driver.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas wants to amend the law by including girlfriend, boyfriend, mistress and other with illicit affair to those prohibited from appointing to office.
According to Alvarez, this is one law they are not looking into following the admission of Ronnie Dayan that he was appointed by Senator Leila de Lima, his girlfriend for seven years, to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)and Department of Justice (DoJ).
Fariñas said girlfriend or boyfriend of the appointing authority should not be appointed in any government office to avoid personal interest and favoritism.
“The Speaker and I will file an amendment to the nepotism law kasi sa nepotism law bawal ang asawa mo, anak mo in the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity. Kapag kalaguyo, girlfriend, boyfriend hindi rin dapat kasama. Kailangan bawal na rin yan,” Fariñas said.
The House of Representatives has conducted probe on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in aid of legislation.
Speaker Alvarez said they saw number of measures that can be considered in order to stop the proliferation of drugs and also to improve government services.
Dayan admitted that his recommendations for appointments of top positions in government, especially in the NBP, was approved by De Lima as then justice secretary.
Dayan, was also promoted to a higher position when De Lima became the justice secretary.
On the other hand, Alvarez stressed that the House justice committee will still stand on its position to concentrate on recommending legislative proposals that would address weaknesses of certain laws that surfaced during the NBP hearings.
The House leader said amending the anti-nepotism law is one of the legislative recommendations of the justice committee panel.
The Civil Service Commission Revised Omnibus Rules on Appiontments and Other Personnel Actions prohibits an appointing or recommending authority to appoint a relative or members of the family who is related within the third degree either of consangunity or of affinity.
The rule further stresses that in the case of local government career service, the prohibition extned to the relatives of the appointing or recommending authority within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.
Exempted from the law against nepotism are persons employed in a confidential capacity, teachers, physicians and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.