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XIX. CODE OF CONDUCT

Section 138. Code of Conduct. There is hereby established in the House the following Code of Conduct:

  1. A Member shall act at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House;
  2. A Member shall adhere to the spirit and the letter of the Rules of the House and to the rules of the committees;
  3. A Member may not receive compensation or any pecuniary interest and may not permit compensation or any pecuniary interest to accrue to the Member's beneficial interest from any source, the receipt of which would occur by virtue of influence improperly exerted from the Member's position in Congress;
  4. A Member shall not hold any other office or employment in the government, or any subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations or subsidiaries, during the Member's term without forfeiting the Member's seat in the House;
  5. A Member shall not also be appointed to any office created or the emoluments thereof increased during the Member's term;
  6. A Member shall not personally appear as counsel before any court of justice, the electoral tribunals, or any quasi-judicial or administrative body or be directly or indirectly financially interested in any contract with, or in any franchise or special privilege granted by the government, or any subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof, including any government-owned or controlled corporation, or its subsidiaries, during the Member's term of office;
  7. A Member shall not intervene in any matter before any office of the government for personal pecuniary benefit or where the Member may be called upon to act on account of the Member's office;
  8. A Member shall not acquire or receive any personal pecuniary interest in any specific business enterprise which will be directly and particularly favored or benefited by any law or resolution authored by the Member that is approved or adopted by Congress during the Member's term. It shall be unlawful for the Member to continue to retain such interest thirty (30) days after such approval;
  9. A Member may not authorize or allow an individual, group or organization not under the direction and control of the House to use the words "Congress of the Philippines", "House of Representatives" or "Official Business", or any combination of these words, or the seal of the House of Representatives, or any other representation thereof on any letterhead or envelope or for any other purpose; and
  10. A Member shall not disclose any classified information received in the course of the service with the House of Representatives, except as authorized by the House of Representatives or in accordance with its Rules.

The House may, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Ethics, punish its Members for any violation of this Code of Conduct and for disorderly behavior.

Section 139. Vote Requirement. The House may censure or reprimand an erring Member with the concurrence of the majority of all its Members. It may suspend or expel an erring Member with the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of all its Members, Provided, That a penalty of suspension shall not exceed sixty (60) days.

SOURCE: Committee on Rules