PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa himself admitted that Sen. Manny Pacquiao paid for everything for him and his family to watch the bout and he did not spend personal or public funds to go to the United States.
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Bato faces probe over free trip to Pacman fight
Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) - November 11, 2016 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the propriety of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald de la Rosa’s free trip to Las Vegas to watch Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Jessie Vargas over the weekend.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has reportedly initiated a probe to determine if the police official’s act of receiving such gift from the boxing champion did not violate Republic Act 6713 or the code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees.

De la Rosa himself admitted that Pacquiao, who won the fight, paid for everything for him and his family to watch the bout and he did not spend personal or public funds to go to the United States.

RA 6713 states that “public officials and employees shall not solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, favor, entertainment, loan or anything of monetary value from any person in the course of their official duties or in connection with any operation being regulated by, or any transaction which may be affected by, the functions of their office.”

Pacquiao reportedly shouldered the travel and hotel accommodation expenses of a handful of his supporters who wanted to watch his fight.

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