Sen. Angara elected as first Asian head of int'l anti-corruption group

Senator Edgardo Angara on Thursday said that he has been elected as the first Asian chairman of the Global Conference of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).

"I was elected last night as the chairman and chief executive of the GOPAC," Angara told reporters in an interview on Thursday.

According to its website, GOPAC is an "an international network dedicated to good governance and combating corruption throughout the world."

"GOPAC has provided information and analysis, established international benchmarks, and improved public awareness through a combination of global pressure and national action," it said.

GOPAC, which claims to have over 700 members from over 45 countries worldwide, is holding its conference in Manila this year.

Angara said that he will be the first Asian chairman of GOPAC.

He will serve a term of two years.

"Hindi na ninyo ako makikita sa Maynila dahil I will be traveling to Brazil, I'll be traveling to Brussels," he said.

Angara had earlier withdrawn his gubernatorial bid in Aurora.

He said this is due to his international commitments, including to GOPAC. — BM, GMA News

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