For 3 senatorial candidates, public servants' honesty is important

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Leody de Guzman, Larry Gadon, and Dan Roleda (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) — Three people gunning for Senate seats believe honesty is an important trait for public servants.

"Public office is a public trust. Kailangan ang sinasabi ng isang naglilingkod sa bayan ay puro katotohanan [Whatever a public servant says must be true]," senatorial candidate Dan Roleda said in CNN Philippines' Senatorial Forum Sunday.

Atty. Larry Gadon, on the other hand, said honesty is not exclusive to those running for office.

"Honesty is not only during elections and not only about (being a) public servant but it is a trait that should be practiced all the time," Gadon said.

Honesty became a hot topic in the midterm elections when presidential daughter and Hugpong ng Pagbabago Chairperson Sara Duterte-Carpio was asked this week about the honesty of the candidates in her slate.

In response, Duterte-Carpio had said honesty was not an issue as all candidates lie.

Leody de Guzman, another senatorial candidate, sided with Duterte-Carpio since he thinks the Davao City Mayor was referring to political dynasties.

"'Yung mga pulitiko, 'yung mga trapo, 'yung dynasty, 'yung mga pulitikong ang hangad ay magpayaman, mga sinungaling talaga 'yan," de Guzman said.

[Translation: Those politicians, those trapos, those dynasties, those politicians whose dreams are to make money, are all liars.]

The Palace has not given a concrete stance on whether honesty is an important trait among those running for public office.