Anti-corruption ‘war’ continues

The fight versus corruption will be intensified, the Aquino administration vows.

Let   the fight continue and come to full fruition—for the good of the nation.

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President Aquino says that the “war” vs corruption will remain as a priority program up to the end of his term, as promised to the people.

Yes, the “bosses” expect more results in the “war” vs thieves and crooks. Check them   or kick ‘em out!

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In support  of  P-Noy’s anti -corruption  campaign and a similar UN program,   the three branches of government have vowed  to  step up the fight against corruption by adopting measures and needed  bills, including  the proposed  Freedom of Information Act .

Multi-agency and multi-sectoral  support  necessary to plug  anti-corruption loopholes.

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Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. says  that  the three branches of government have agreed on the Philippines’ commitments to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), aware that the  Filipino people are speaking  louder  against corruption and the misuse of public funds in recent months.

Commitment is good-- but we need follow-up.

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Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Chief JJustice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. have submitted to  the President   for immediate  implementation a joint resolution on the  government’s commitment to the UNCAC.

Let’s do them now. And do them well.

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Mainly outlined  in the government  resolution  are: creation by Congress of more divisions in the Sandiganbayan to  hasten the disposition of pending anti-graft cases; strengthening of the Witness Protection Law and Anti-Money Laundering Law; enactment of the Whistleblowers Act; codification of anti-corruption laws criminalizing bribery in the private sector, and  active and passive trading of influence; amendments to the forfeiture law,  extradition law, and the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty; and the enactment of the  proposed  Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

New measures will  surely  add  to the anti-corruption pressure.

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The country  has cited 85 percent compliance with international cooperation agreements and 65 percent compliance with criminalization and law enforcement requirements of the United Nations under the  UNCAC,  firmed up  in 2003 and signed  by PH in 2006.

Let   there be greater compliance – for the good of the greater number.

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Concerned groups  have called for the country’s adherence to UN requirements that member-states and parties  implement, through laws, institutions, programs, and practices, a wide range of measures to prevent, detect, prosecute, and sanction corruption and recover  proceeds there from.

Consistency is the best policy.

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The business sector, through PCCI President Miguel Valera, has likewise  called for the checking of graft and corruption as a business, moral and personal issue – for the  good of the country.

Let’s maintain a level playing  field, PCCI urges.

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Congress’ attention to the passage of other needed laws  against corruption  and related priorities has been called recently  after  a derailment of its legislative work due to the “pork barrel” scam and  dragging  controversy.

No derailment of urgent   legislative work, please, Your Honors.

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The people have strongly warned through social media and mass media that the fight against corruption will continue without letup, even after the abolition by the Supreme Court   of   the  controversial  Congressional “pork barrel” or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Yes to people’s continued vigilance against graft and corruption. Yes to a more progressive  nation!

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